I know some of you are going to tell me you love this color, but it really didn't match their taupe dining room and it was the one thing about the piece they weren't crazy over.
The detail on it is amazing. Check this out:
|Top floral and scroll detailing|
I was really quite nervous to work on this piece of furniture because of all the detail. I've never worked on furniture this detailed before. You may remember that I mentioned it the other week and John giving me some Little Pearls of Wisdom. Armed with his encouragement and some advice from my good friend Nancy, of the Sea Rose Cottage, and Marian, better known as Miss Mustard Seed (I emailed them about paint brushes), I was ready to tackle this French beauty. Here is how she came out:
|Painting Old White|
|Painting the detail|
Hours and hours later, it was time to wax the piece. I applied two coats of clear wax. The dresser looked beautiful, but too new. I mixed some dark wax with clear wax to lighten it and applied the dark wax with a small chip brush (I usually use a large wax brush, but wanted more control).
|Applying the dark wax mixture|
Beatrice needed to look like she was aged, like she'd always been like this being passed down from generation to generation in my friends' family.
I'm so pleased with how she came out. Here's a few more photos. A close up of the shell detail:
A glimpse inside the drawer:
I really love these original knobs with their flower detail. Aren't they sweet?:
Well, what do you think of Beatrice? My friends love her. I'm so happy that I was able to help them transform this family heirloom and deliver it to them before they were home with their second baby!