Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sonora Phonograph Cabinet Makeover and Accentuating Details with Chalk Paint®

 
Every so often I get so wrapped up in a painting project, that I can't sleep until it's finished.  This was one of those projects.  With it's curvy legs and gorgeous, intricate appliques, I couldn't wait to see how Chalk Paint® would take it's beauty to a whole new level! 
 
 
This one kept me up way past my bedtime!
 
 
My mom had actually purchased this antique Sonora Phonograph Cabinet at a garage sale a few years ago.  It had been completely gutted, and a few repairs made so that it was ready for refinishing.  The couple selling it had either lost interest or decided they just didn't have the time for it.  It had sat in my mom's garage for some time and I often stared at it and dreamed of painting it.  I had offered to paint it for her and was planning to do so once she figured out where she was going to put it.  Just recently she asked if I wanted it to resell as she had decided she just didn't have a place for it.  Without hesitation I agreed to take it off her hands, but not for resale!  How could I possibly part with this?
 
 
If you've been following me at all, you know that I gravitate towards pieces with romantic details like carvings or appliques.  There are many ways in which Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan's soft waxes can be used to accentuate details on a painted piece.  One of my favorite methods is to choose one or more complimentary paint color to brush onto those details with a small paintbrush and then apply lots of dark wax to settle into all of the crevices.
 
 
This ornate frame was one of my earlier Chalk Paint® projects.  I shared photos of each stage of the process in my blog post Grab Your Brush and Follow Your Gut.  In this post I also went into some detail about why I love Annie Sloan's dark wax.  I am sure you can see how this frame inspired me in my phonograph makeover!  It was one of the first times that I did some detailed brushwork, incorporating colors other than white.  I knew I wanted to create a similar look with the applique on this cabinet.
 
 
 The body of the cabinet is painted in a custom mix of Pure White and French Linen, approximately 2:1. 
 
 
 
The details are painted in Pure White, Versailles, Antoinette and Duck Egg Blue. 
 
 
  I applied clear wax to the entire piece and accented with dark wax, focusing on those details.  The dark wax made all the difference here.  I love how it creates shadows in all the right places.
 
 
This may just be my favorite furniture makeover to date!  I still have some work to do on the inside before it gets placed in it's new spot in our family room, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you! 
 
 
I am making a few more little changes in the family room and promise to share more photos soon!
 
 
How fun is this ornate old shell of a clock that I found at Camas Antiques a few weeks ago?  The little nest with pretty eggs seemed an obvious filler for spring décor, but  I plan to enjoy it year-round by changing up the look for each season!  The gorgeous tulips were a timely surprise today from a very dear friend!  Aren't they lovely? 
 
  Thank you for your sweet visit!  Have a very blessed Easter weekend!
 
Best Wishes,
Amanda
 
 
Sharing With:
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 Before and After Wednesday at The Decorated House
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Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground 
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow

44 comments:

  1. Amanda, this is so gorgeous!!! I love every single corner and detail of this piece. The colors you chose are simply exquisite. I could hardly wait until you published this because I knew it was going to be a gem. Just amazing. I know why this just might be your favorite painted piece to date.

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis! Your encouraging words always touch my heart! See you soon! -Amanda

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  2. I have been waiting to see this since you gave a little sneak peek on FB--I am in love! Of course you couldn't sell it--I think it is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen. Chalk paint perfection. I can't say enough about it...just love it!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! You are such a dear!

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  3. The gorgeous color selection and painted details are stunning...masterfully applied! Thank you for sharing your steps! :) Getting Pinned...
    Robin

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  4. That little bit of color on the appliqué is so beautiful! It really makes the whole piece pop!

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  5. Beautiful job, Amanda! Love the soft colors and beautiful details...so lovely!
    Catherine

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  6. Great bones on this piece, you really made it shine! Definitely a keeper! Gorgeous....

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  7. Wow Amanda, What a talent you have for this!! The detailing is amazing!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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    1. Thank you, Bella! So lovely to hear from you!

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  8. What a gorgeous piece of furniture and you brought out the very best of it.. love all the colors you picked and the finish is just beautiful! I can see why you're keeping this one.. take care, Maryann

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  9. Wow! so gorgeous and I love what you did to the piece. Love Love Love!

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  10. Up until now, nothing has convinced me that Annie Sloan paints were worth the $$. This piece is magnificent. You are a true artist.
    La Verne@hopeandsalvage

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    1. Wow! That is quite the compliment! Thank you so very much!

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  11. That piece is absolutely stunning and your makeover is so beautiful. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy Easter. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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    1. Thank you, Marty! I always look forward to linking up and I just love hearing from you!

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  12. Wow Amanda, talk about attention to detail! You did an amazing job with this makeover - I absolutely love the colors used on the appliqué. I'm visiting from the Furniture Feature Friday Party.
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you, Marie! They are my favorite Chalk Paint® colors...used throughout my home. It was fun to apply them all to one piece!

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  13. Absolutely, G-E-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

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  14. This piece turned out gorgeous! You do amazing work on all of the detail. I remember your mirror, I loved it too.

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  15. Hi Amanda!!!

    I LOVE this piece!!! You did an absolutely beautiful job!!! I can see why you can't part with it!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!!

    Pam

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  16. This is absolutely stunning!!!
    Happy Easter!
    Smiles!
    Terry

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  17. it turned out beautifully! well done! Love the clock :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise! ;) Hope to catch up with you soon!!!

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  18. I am so impressed Amanda! Your work is always beautiful but this is drop dead gorgeous! Easter blessings to you dear one,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you, Patti! So lovely to hear from you!

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  19. Your work is like a fairy tale. Soft, sweet, enchanting and enthrallingly beautiful!

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    1. What an absolutely lovely thing to say! Thank you, Christine!

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  20. This has got to be one of the best use of Chalk Paint® I have ever seen. It is so beautiful. Your attention to the colours in the detailing is just amazing.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. My goodness, Mary! Coming from you, that is quite the compliment! I love your painting style and every furniture makeover you do is exceptional! Thank you for your kind words!

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Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!