2 colors = twice the fun!

Hello, hello! I just wanted to pop in for a moment and show you this TV console that I just finished yesterday. Here is a before photo:
Beautiful, right?! Such a solid and gorgeous piece to work with! Per request from client K it was first given a coat of Duck Egg blue, (by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), and then a top coat of Paris Gray, (also by ASCP). After the top coat went on, I took a sanding block and rubbed the whole thing down, not enough to distress it, but enough to remove some of the Paris Gray and allow the Duck Egg to peek through. The contrast, though subtle, is absolutely stunning! My camera is not high tech enough to capture such subtle contrasts so you'll have to take my word for it ;) Then, I just used the sanding block gently around some of the edges of the piece and gave it a light distressed look.

Finished product:
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The next few are some close ups where I tried to capture the Duck Egg underneath:










What a privilege it was to work on such a beautiful piece! Definitely one of my favorite transformations thus far. And, I learned how stunning a subtle contrast in color can be! You don't always have to have 2 very contrasting colors to make a statement. Wonderful choice, K!

Thank you for popping by and have a wonderful day!

~Chelsea

Dresser with a Surprise!

Hi All! Yesterday I mentioned a fun little dresser that I've been working on and today I finished it! When I saw this at the thrift store several weeks ago I almost walked by it without giving it a second look. I had just refinished a 4 drawer dresser of similar proportions and was looking for something a little different. I don't know why, but I started pulling open the drawers. The second one startled me when it fell open completely! As I pulled the drawer out it revealed the sweetest little writing desk!!!
Before:

This dresser/writing desk found itself a buyer before I even had a chance to refinish it, which put this person in the fun position of getting to choose the color and finish!
They requested gray with a shabby distressed finish.







This might be my favorite find of all so far - and to think I almost walked right by it!

We said goodbye to a few favorite pieces today as they went to a new loving home, but we've brought in a few new ones, too, which I am looking forward to showing you soon! It feels like we've got a good flow of pieces coming in and pieces going out now and we're just rolling right along. Thank you for following what's going on here at Chelsea's Garage and for your words of encouragement! They mean a lot :)

~Chelsea