Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments about my girls' French bedroom last week:-) I worked so hard on this room, and seeing it come together was extremely rewarding.
I wanted to share how I painted all the furniture in the room starting with my grandmother's vanity.
This is the only *before* photo I could find. I have mentioned in the past that I grew up with white painted French provincial furniture thanks to my grandmother painting it all for me. This piece, however, was always in her bedroom. She gave it to me when I lived in D.C., so I hauled it up there and immediately knew I would strip all the paint off.
It was my first paint stripping project and I almost gave up.
I used Citristrip, which made it easier and more pleasant than using more harmful products, but it was still an excruciating process, especially considering there were at least seven coats of paint. I finally finished it and decided to leave it in its natural state with several coats of polyurethane.
As proud as I was of it, it wasn't "Isabelle" so I knew when I did the girls' room, it would be painted again.
I really wanted to try chalk or milk paint, but they are just not budget friendly, so I ended up using what I had on hand.
I removed the hardware and sanded the whole piece down. After wiping it clean, I spray painted a base coat in flat white Rusteoleum. I added another coat once that dried then sanded it lightly after letting the second coat dry.
I then painted the drawers and appliques with the same gray latex paint I used on the walls: "Persian Seed Pearl" by Colorplace.
After that dried, I sanded lightly again concentrating on the edges and places that would naturally wear. One thing I just don't like on painted pieces is random sanding or distressing that makes no logical sense.
I then brushed silver metallic craft paint around the edges, the appliques and in all the crevices. I let that dry slightly then wiped it lightly with a wet cloth so it was left in the crevices. I repeated that process until I got as much silver as I wanted.
I then went back with gold metallic craft paint and lightly dry brushed across the high places. I wanted the "gold wash" effect that I love so much on sterling silver pieces--kind of barely there.
(The paint drips are from when my grandmother painted the piece, so I never removed them:-)
I then sanded the whole piece again on the high places.
I applied Minwax dark paste wax over everything that had been painted gray and used light paste wax on the places that were white.
I also spray painted all the hardware with Rustoleum "Metallic" in silver and dry brushed gold metallic craft paint over the tops.
Since I had so many pieces of furniture to paint, I really needed to use what I had on hand and stretch that out, and I am really pleased with the results. I still got the look I wanted.
I really think Isabelle would love it now as the detail is so much more noticeable now that it's painted.
I do enjoy looking at it as I pass the room and Evelyn is loving her new spot to get ready in the mornings.
I'll share more of the other furniture makeovers soon.
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