A pretty piece
Some would say “Why paint?” For me, I start with pieces that are good quality, with nice lines, and try to give them a more current look that will interest my clients. This chest is beautiful, but my customers will say
the color doesn’t work for me…
A feminine looking chest, I could see this in a young girl’s room, or a guest room needing extra storage. I painted a student desk a few months ago using CeCe Simply White and CeCe Portland Rose
I loved it’s presence in my store but it sold quick. This store display is also dressed in CeCe Portland Rose (with a Simply White damask stencil design)
That decided it. I cleaned the chest and painted the first coat CeCe Caldwell Simply White, when dry a second coat using CeCe Portland Rose
I lightly sanded my flat surfaces – I usually use 150-220 grit sand paper, you don’t have to sand but I always do – I like how it makes my finish look more refined (and it feels smoother). After I light sanded, I took a wet rag and wiped my edges and areas that I wanted more ‘reveal’ – see how the first color (white) is coming through the second (rose)?
I switched out the top knobs with a crystal version, the metal married up with the original hardware, but I didn’t like how stark the original hardware was
Like this little peek-a-poo compartment?
We put brown velvet inside, and added a small mirror
I removed the unattractive wheels and replaced them with crystal knobs that fit perfectly. I didn’t glue them in, instead I will remove them when the piece sells, and they can be re-inserted (into the existing holes) when it reaches it’s final destination. They are dainty after all.
Back to the hardware, I decided to dry brush the white on the handles, to soften them, and glued a Swarovski crystal on each center to tie them into the knobs I added
I loved that touch
See that lovely finish sheen?
It comes from the most fabulous wax on the market – okey I’m partial, but I’m serious! – CeCe’s Clear Wax. One coat, brushed on with a simple chip brush and buffed with a soft cloth several hours later, this wax is 100% GREEN! Free of any nastiness and even better, there is no smell.
I named her Rose and she is available for purchase 🙂
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