Friday, May 2, 2014

Mystery Paint Finish for a Pretty Provincial Dresser

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on this French Provincial dresser and delivered it to Camas Antiques.  I had purchased it just a few days prior to fill an empty space in my booth after having sold a large table. 
I liked that it was in good condition and ready to paint and I knew I wanted to do something unique with it, as the style is not uncommon.  I also knew I wanted to keep the color neutral so as not to limit it to a bedroom.  It is really a great size and shape for a dining buffet or even a console for a large TV. 
I started by pouring a little French Linen, Country Grey and Pure White onto a paper plate.  I played with these 3 colors a bit on a sample board and eventually came up with this finish simply by brushing a little of each color in the same direction, overlapping in places and working quickly before the paint dried.
The drawer pulls were a little brassy and dated to start off with.  I dry brushed them with each of the three colors, then waxed with both Annie's clear and dark wax.
As you can see, I did a little distressing around the edges of the drawers and the base of the dresser before sealing with clear wax.  I also added just a touch of dark wax in a few places. 
 This dresser kind of took on a life of it's own.  I wish I could say that I was inspired by something specific to create this finish, but I really just chose the color palette and went to work creating.  When all was said and done, I was really pleased with the paint finish and overall look of the piece, but I couldn't quite figure out what it reminded me of. 
I posted a sneak peek photo on Facebook and asked my friends there to tell me what this finish reminded them of.  It was fun to read all of the different ideas.  I think the most popular idea was driftwood, but a few also mentioned calico cats and fur.  Our Bootsie kitty doesn't quite have the same coloration of the dresser, but I can see how the gradation of color in his fur could be reflected in the paint finish, and I have seen some lovely calico kitties with a very similar color scheme!
So, what thoughts or images come to mind for you?
Special thanks to Bootsie for posing so perfectly for this photo!  He was rewarded with special kitty treats and lots of loves, of course!
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!
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Maureen said...

Beautiful and unique finish. Fabulous job!

Burlap Luxe said...

Paris appartement perfect.
I finished giving my French chest a wash of white to it, plane to antique it a bit more, love your shades of grey and favorite tone of mine.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for saying how you did this--makes me want to try something similar :) I love it!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Maureen!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Dore! Did you blog about your French chest? I will have to come take a look! I love Paris Apartment style, and shades of grey of course!

Amanda said...

You are welcome, Sandy! I hope you will give it a try! It's fun!

Judi said...

Like other people, my first thought was driftwood, but then I looked again and it actually reminds me of ripples on water - a FABULOUS effect, and one that I'll keep in mind for future projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

Judi in the UK

Chalk It Up Norcross said...

Simply beautiful and lovely color blends.

Betsy said...

I LOVE the look on Bootsy's face in that second to last picture, that big yawn! LOL great photo! love your painting! I am still not finished with my armoire...almost! I had to be gone for 10 days, and then had to do some land scape for a week and now getting things ready for a PPP...Pre Prom Party...maybe next week I will get to finish the armoire!

Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Amanda, This is different, and I love the look. I'm sure it will sell fast. Have a great weekend.

Pamela said...

Loved this piece when I saw you post about it on FB. Thanks for sharing at THT!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love love this look. What a great idea and thanks for sharing. I will be giving this a try. It looks like you may have sprayed it with water and let it all run together.

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

It reminds me of a blurry rainy day looking out a window. I don't remember if I commented on FB. Anyway, it turned out beautifully. I need to start mastering using just a small amount of dark wax. I think I use way too much and all the best painters just seem to use a little bit. Have a great day! ~ Jamie