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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Finished Furniture Piece



Here are photos of a large armoire that I painted this summer for a client.  I showed you a peek of the bird that's painted on it in the last post, which also showed a wee bit of the house that it now belongs in.  

Here (below) is a photo of what the armoire looked like before.


Just a slight difference  ;-)

The armoire wasn't too bad to start with, but it just didn't go with their gorgeous beach house... too much Country French, not enough Tommy Bahama.  So I hired a painter to sand, prime and base coat it for me... you know I don't do that... I'm an artiste! 


 I started by painting the turquoise details, then glazed the whole thing with a nice neutral tan color.  I sanded back some of the edges to rough it up a bit and make it more casual to go with the more beachy, yet elegant feel they have in their house.

 
The wonderful interior designer had suggested painting a tree branch with a bird sitting on it, and I LOVED the idea!


After I painted the branch and cockatoo, I antiqued the whole thing with a dark brown and wiped most of it back, leaving it a little heavier in the grooves.  Then, when it dried, I put several coats of sealer to protect it.


The hardware that was originally on it went beautifully with the new look. 

So what do you think?  I haven't done this type of work for at least 5 years.  Do I still have "it" or have I lost my touch?

I also did a few more small, very simple pieces to go in another of the client's homes, but I'll share those with you another time.


16 comments:

The Secret Hermit said...

Stunning....you totally have still got 'it'!! :)

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

You definately have 'it', it looks gorgeous!! If I could do stuff like that, I wouldn't sand, prime and base coat either LOL Who am I kidding, I don't sand, prime and base coat at all! When we need to get some painting done in our home, my husband does the sanding, and I only paint, make things look better ;-) He doesn't mind, because he can't paint at all. So, we're both happy LOL

Mandy said...

It ! It! It! ...definitely it!...xxx

Diane said...

Just wonderful!! And this would have been a big scary blank "canvas" for me--what an undertaking. And you got it down perfectly.

Two Dog Pond said...

You have IT all! It's absolutely Beautiful!! Your clients must be thrilled.

Lesley said...

OOoo Wowee! This is wonderful and you certainly still have 'it'!!! You have such vision to be able to see what you can do with a piece of furniture. This is absolutely gorgeous.
x

Jenny said...

Oh stunning Esther... and yes you definitely still have it... love the bird...perfect now for a beach house... am sure your clients loved it...

Jenny x

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Absolutely still got it! Love it! Thanks for sharing, now come do mine, lol.

Kristin said...

WOWZER! This is all kinds of fabulous! I'm gonna send this link to my Mom (who does furniture redesign for a living) too - so so beautiful! xoxo

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Esther, you still have 'it'! This is beautiful and I just love the branch and the bird! Peeeerrrrfffeeect! You are so richly talented dear friend! Be blessed.
Hugs
Kelly

Ms. Becky said...

oh, you most definitely still have "it". I love what you've done with this piece. it brought it to life in such a fun way. the colors you selected are rich and perfect. I like it a whole lot better than the before. happy day to you Ester.

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Holy guacomole!
I've said it beofre and I will say it again! You are a FREAKIN genius!
Genius!

Kristin said...

You most DEFINITELY still have it :) That looks amazing, I would love to have it in my place and I would love seeing it every day! Your talent is awe inspiring :)

Julie said...

Nice! I love the new look much better than the old one.

Single Stone Studios said...

LOVE!!!

Cynthia Eloise said...

great transformation. good job, love it.