Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Painted buffet (ie. I've had the blues)




This old gal had the blues.


She'd had a hard life.  I'd tried to fix her up, but that blue apparently didn't suit her.
So I brought her home, and gave her a facelift.



So she got an overcoat.
Over the Annie Sloan Provence (which I got for free, which was cool!), I put on an overcoat of gray.  Jennifer Rizzo, who is a famous blogger, calls this a
grey wash
.  I say that I've been doing this stuff since 1972 (which is probably longer than Jennifer Rizzo has been alive, frankly) and I always called it an overcoat.  I am totally not trendy that way. Anyway, mine is gray paint (which I always have on hand) mixed with a little plaster-of-Paris and warm water.  Brush it on, wipe it off with a lint-free rag, then after it dries, use a damp cloth to wipe down the areas where you want the undercoat to show through.


I switched out the bright blue knobs for clear ones, and  there she is...an old girl with a new face!


If only it were so easy for the rest of us!
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I'm taking it to Naps, as well...

22 comments:

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

looks amazing.

Baye said...

Lovely! The blue glass knobs are just the right touch of bling.

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

So much better with the OVERCOAT...looks great! Everything comes around again doesn't it? Glad you changed the knobs too....

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well you've taken an already awesome piece and made it more awesomer! You know I know better than that..but your a teacher and it's my nature to bug you. Looks great Kirby. Can't wait to see all the Easter crafts you've made displayed on top of it!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

ok..you're...as in You Are a teacher...I definitely know better than that!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love that provence popping through!!! you are an overcoat master.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- She's looking good now...yes...if it were only so easy for us humans to put that coat of wash on...lol I've been doing this since the 70's, too. xo Diana

Tina Lou said...

Her new look is mighty fine, Kirb.
Do you deliver?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the grey wash was just what the dresser needed.It looks fantastic!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Looks fabulous!! Love that Provence peeking through the grey. Gorgeous!!

Andrea said...

oooooh, pretty!

reFresh reStyle said...

I need a new face! or maybe just an overcoat ;)
Love her!

Marianne said...

The knobs! I LOVE the knobs!!! That's how you spell "knobs," right?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

It looks great! I was worried that the blue paint was your finished piece and I was going to have to think of something nice to say...The overcoat is great.

Carol Cook said...

Why did I never learn how to do these things until now. I like the overcoat.

I can't believe I have been wearing an overcoat (literally a red peacoat), in mid March, in southern California. When will it be sunny again?

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Now THAT is fabulous, Kirbs! Wash - overcoat, tomato - tomahto. ;-)
She's gorgeous now, whatever that's called!
xo Heidi

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I could absolutely use an overcoat! oh, and a washing too! :) Linda

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You people are hilarious! It looks gorgeous Kirby!

Suzan Sweatman said...

WOW WOW WOW - gorgeous Kirby - imagine that - all she needed was a little " wash " poor thing!
But she certainly cleaned up well - it's just gorgeous ( oh I already said that - but that's what I do when I like something - I repeat!!! )
XOX

Eclectically Vintage said...

I try to get rid of my gray with a brunette wash! And I am doing the opposite very soon - painting a piece blue!! At least I'm not a blue haired old lady!
Kelly

Debbie Borthwick said...

This piece is stunning!! I love it!! Beautiful work.
Debbie :)

Atta Girl Amy said...

Whatever you call it, she looks fabulous.

Oh, to be one of those ladies who looks better gray.

Thanks for linking up to Home{work{ Wednesday. Can I borrow one of your red pencils to grade this week's entries?

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