Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Take on a Frenchy Chest




I have a client who wanted me to "DDize" her chest.  I have done other painting jobs for her, so she let me do my thing. 
She had the chest in her shop for about 9 months without any interest so she knew it was time for a change.
Before:

First I sanded down the top and sealed it with AS dark wax and hemp oil ( it was pretty shiny and scratched up).  

I decided that the chest had a French feel, so I mixed up a very light aqua chalk paint and got to painting.  I wanted to highlight the details and I did this by dipping my finger in gilding wax and rubbing it on the raised detailed edges.  The next step was to seal the dresser and deepen the aqua a bit by brushing on hemp oil/dark wax.  As I was rubbing off the excess oil/wax mixture I also rubbed the gold off and I wanted this to happen for a more aged patina. 

 My client was very pleased and she took it right to her shop! 



Gilding wax

I love how the wax ages the piece



Gorgeous legs


I love the side detail 



Natural Wood Top 




36 comments:

  1. yes! gorgeous piece. You know I love anything gilded.

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    1. Thank you Victoria-gilding is good and I do know it is a Fav of yours!

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  2. Oh...how pretyy! You ARE good! Are those mini cypress trees? I have two and love them! :)

    Jane x

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    1. Thank you Jane--I think they are called lemon cypress and I love them too!

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  3. I love the gold you added! I bet it will sell now! xoox

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  4. What a beautiful piece of furniture:-) And those legs! Love them!
    Great job:-)

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    1. Thank you Nitka -the legs are gorgeous and I love them as well!

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  5. I love the look. I have the same piece that I painted with white chalk paint and detressed.
    Great job.

    hugs
    Sissie

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    1. Thank you Sissie-My client was happy and I think it will sell in her shop now!

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  6. I love how this sweet chest turned out. The gilding wax is such a nice accent!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice-I like using the gilding wax!

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  7. Gorgeous piece of furniture...it is sure to attract some attention, now.
    Have a great week, DD!

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    1. Thank you Marigene-I agree-I think it will attract attention in the store too!

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    1. Thank you Martina-the top is really pretty now!

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  9. Sooooo pretty. Love the gold touches. Beautiful re love of this piece.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris-I think the gold was the right touch for this piece!

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  10. This is a gorgeous piece. You realty made it perfect, I love the attention to detail. Hugs P.S. I invite you to share this week at my Thursday hop

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    1. Thank you Katherine-it was a fun transformation and I agree it does look so much better now. I will hop over and check it out!

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  11. Oh that is simply stunning Darrielle. I love the distressed gilding and that paint color is beautiful! Would you mind sharing the name of it? Also, do you add dark wax to the hemp oil or apply them separately and if so, in what order? Your client must have been thrilled when she picked up her beautiful dresser. You are one talented gal Darrielle!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you Marie-The paint color is called Serene Breeze by Benjamin Moore-very soft and pretty. My trick is to dip my brush in hemp oil and then directly into the dark wax and brush on. I then wipe off the excess and rub in at the same time. You can make it darker by adding more wax since the oil will dilute it. It is easy and fast!

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    1. Thank you Deb-I am loving how it turned out too!

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  14. She's stunning! I love the beautiful natural wood top and it's no wonder your client is in love. Thanks for showing her off at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I love the wood top too!

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  15. It looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the touches of gold!
    Jennelise

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    1. Thank you Jennelise-I like how the gold turn out too!

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    1. Thank you Shirley-my client was happy that is for sure! I love when I get to just do what I feel is right for a piece.

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    1. Thank you very much-I love how it turned out too!

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  18. Your chest turned out gorgeous!!

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