Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Two-Toned and Totally Distressed

This week's featured piece of furniture is a bit different than what I usually do.



Most of the time, I prefer to take tired pieces and give them a bit of an upcycled look.  This one evolved in a different direction.



I knew from the beginning that it was going to get a two-toned finish, with Annie Sloan's Olde White and Paris Grey, and a dark stained top.  What I didn't plan was distressing it as much as this.  It was the top that led me in this direction.



When I stripped the dated, speckled lacquer off this pine top, and saw how knotty and rustic the wood was, I decided that heavily distressed was how it needed to be.



Whenever I distress like this, it always seems to feel a bit strange to paint a piece and then sand about a quarter of the paint back off of it.  It's necessary, though, to get the effect I was going for ... the impression of real, live age ... where drawers are slammed, knobs are used, and corners are rubbed and kicked.



If you look carefully, you can see a faint stripe of Olde White at the bottom here, to add some interest and balance.



There's a bit of a surprise awaiting anyone who opens one of the drawers ... they are lined with plum Thomas Kinkade wallpaper, in a lovely damask pattern.



This little chest is sitting in my booth at the shop right now ... patiently waiting for its new home ... and I'm on to my next piece.  Wheee ... this is fun!



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27 comments:

  1. Great choice of paper lining the drawers! Suits the exterior paint perfectly!

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  2. Yes...it is FUN!!!!

    Great piece Connie and I noticed the thin white strip and I love it. Perfect amount of distressing and I see her exiting the shop very soon.

    Well done my friend

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  3. Sorry...I just have to add that every time I see a gorgeous piece like this, with perfect time worn distressing and a glorious soft finish, I am reaffirmed that ASCP is worth every penny.

    But that's just my humble opinion ;->

    Janet xox

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  4. Hi Connie, I hope you are doing well. This piece turned out wonderful and I love the two toned look. Take care, Sherry

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  5. Janet, dear, I totally agree ... worth every penny and then some! I'd like to see someone try to take my ASCP away from me.

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  6. It turned our gorgeous Connie, I love the worn look and the colors look beautiful.
    xo

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  7. That's one of my favorite color combinations - beautiful!

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  8. It turned out wonderful...the two different paint colors are fabulous! The paper in the drawers is an unexpected touch too...love that! I'm sure it will sell very quickly :o)
    ~Des

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  9. GREAT looking old piece. The top really sets off the paint- xo Diana

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  10. WOW!! I love those colors together! Great job! -Sarah

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  11. This is great! I love the colors and it's shabbiness is perfect!

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  12. love the distressed finish on this one! it looks great!

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  13. This piece looks like it has a little face on it. Too cute! Maybe it needs a name.

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  14. I love it! I'm really fond of the wood tops. We have a piece from my hubby's grandmother and I stripped the top and left the rest with the wear and tear it got from years of use.

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  15. grat finish, I just did a very similar piece for Mrs. Smith, but I like how you put so much more time into yours. The drawer lining is a nice finishing touch.

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  16. Hi, Connie, Great job on the distressing! Love how it came out. I enjoy your blog. Anne

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  17. Hi Connie. I'm hopping over from Elizabeth & Co. New follower from MD too. I just did a similar side table. I love the white drawer!
    Sarah

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  18. this looks great, but i swear he's staring at me! do you not see a sweet little face?

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  19. I see the face, too. It's been there the whole time, and I can't make it go away. Hopefully, someone will be totally charmed by his cute expression and will snap him up and take him home. :)

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  20. Yes, this piece needed to be distressed! It looks amazing!

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  21. I love it!! You're really getting the hang of this, aren't you? ;) I'm glad you are enjoying this so much.

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  22. It's a happy piece! Can you see it smiling?

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  24. Love what you've done with this piece! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  25. Love your piece of furniture in it's two colors. It came out just lovely and has such personality. I bet it won't be sitting in your booth for long.
    Looking forward to seeing more pics of the new dog.
    Cindy

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