Tuesday, May 3, 2011
l'armoire est fini
So, Saturday was the day I had set aside to finally paint the armoire. Somehow over a breakfast consisting of cereal and magazines, I decided I would paint the entire piece white with pale aqua stripes, and leave all hardware on.
Because the window is a favorite piece, I took my aqua color-cue from the backing wallpaper, which lead me to choose Almost Aqua by Glidden.
The armoire was sort of beastly to paint and I needed to do a paint-run half-way through.
Overall I did about two coats to everything but the drawer fronts and hardware (just 1 coat) and let it dry overnight.
Sunday morning I still wasn't 100% sure if I should add the aqua stripes but then I just had to with the safety net of knowing that if it didn't look right, it could be covered with another coat of white. No measuring for me: I used the paint chip as my guide for width.
I gave a quick, light coat of paint and then carefully removed the tape.
Next it was time to shabbify the hardware with a little nail polish remover on a paper towel. The top pull is the before; the bottom is after a little damp swipe here and there.
Finally, the most fun part: the sanding. When I sand painted furniture it feels very "artisan-like" to me, as if I'm painting a picture because where I choose to sand or how much wood to reveal is so deliberate. It's like adding glitter or frosting a cupcake; it's the most enjoyable part of the process to me.
Once the sanding was how I wanted it, I wiped the entire piece with an old, dry towel to remove the sandy dust. (There's probably a real word for this that I'm just not thinking of!)
While the aqua paint was still open I tried Marie's Paint a Bottle project from the current issue of Romantic Country. And of course, painted a few cans and a wire basket found after scouting the basement.
The armoire was given another full day to dry and then today ...
Back in its place in my let's-pretend-it's-a beach-cottage living room.
I am thrilled with how it turned out!
Loving the painted jars, too!
Now, does anyone make speaker cosies?!
Thanks for cheering me on and hanging on through this long post!