July 23, 2012

Reimagined Monday: From Uninspired to Shades of Antoinette

Have you ever decided against something because you just couldn't "see" it as a completed project, only to have it creep back in to your consciousness?  It happens subtley at first, then you think of it over and over until finally you are drawn back to it with a fresh perspective?

That's what happened with this poor little white/gold veneer dresser, lovingly stickered by a little local girl with an affinity for Winnie The Pooh.

It sat in the back of the storage area gathering dust for months.  Finally, I brought it in to the boutique to get a feel for it in a creative space.

Then the inspiration arrived... Manolo Blahnik shoes from the 2006 Sofia Coppola film "Marie Antoinette":

The perfect colour? Annie Sloan's Antoinette.  This dresser was made for it!  And so the reimagining began.

Because there is no sanding, priming or stripping required, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was exactly the right thing to use on this off-white veneer. 

No worries about toxicity or clean-up either, so I set to work right on the spot in the boutique.

First, removal of the hardware.  Each handle and knob had been gilded in gold, so those were keepers!

Before long, everything started to come together, and it was time to distress.  Keeping the lines of a piece can be what distinguishes it, so rather than sanding I used a water technique to distress through to the gold gilding along the edges and details of the dresser.

You can see it a little better here:

It's not as easy to see the gorgeous finish as I'd had hoped (photography lessons might help! *lol), but here is a swatch of the Annie Sloan paint colour:

Here are the lovely Manalo Blahniks again:

And this is a final pic of the completed dresser.  It is in the boutique, waiting for the perfect new home!

But now I have a problem!  In my search for inspiration I found more Manolo Blahniks!

So many beautiful, inspiring colours... so little time!

Perhaps something special in Louis Blue, coming up soon at On The Apple Box!
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  1. Hey, that dresser is identical to mine! Although yours looks like it's in better condition, and mine has an awful crackle technique on the front of the drawers. Do you think that dresser would work in yellow? I love the pink, but it would be too sweet in my turquoise kitchen

    1. Hi Joanna,

      I think it would be stunning in yellow! I did a cabinet in Arles (ASCP) and it is definitely the attention-getter at the boutique! I like the idea of having turquoise under the yellow and distressing through to it as well. (Or if you go full-on vintage, a turquoise cabinet with red details is an eye-catcher!)


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