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.