Annie Sloan Chalk Paint meets Mad Men

You can take the piece out of the era but you can't take the era out of the piece!

I acquired this lovely thing when a client dropped off it's 'big sister' to be refinished as part of a custom order, (pictures to come). This dresser was no longer needed so I asked if I could have it; I don't think I've ever been so excited about a transformation! (I say that, but it's truly how I get about most pieces I'm about to refinish)

I knew I wanted to keep the body and drawers of the piece neutral and distressed and let those stunning old brass pulls take the stage, but the apron and legs underneath - so mod, right?! - I was really stumped about what color to use. I almost went with Greek Blue by ASCP; it would have been a beautiful contrast and fun snap of color. But, in the end I really wanted to keep the piece classic and elegant and chose a soft grey - there's plenty of fun in the shape as it is!


The low down:

-Piece painted in Old White by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (two coats)

-Lower apron and legs painted in Paris Grey by ASCP

-Distressed using medium grit sanding sponge, (my favorite distressing tool)

-Sealed on clear soft wax by ASCP

-Original drawer pulls kept in tact

~ Gettin' groovy Chelsea

This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.

Life happening: Our week in pictures

I can't wait to start the Early Stages of Decorating series with you on Monday! I've been working on the entire series throughout the past week, putting the whole thing together as my train of thought was on a roll. I sincerely hope you enjoy it and that it's a helpful resource for you!

It was somewhat of a week off from painting as I just worked on one custom order containing two small pieces for a sweet client. Other than that, our week looked a little like this...

This one started with a fever...

...but it didn't last long.

This one met the boy-girl twins that I was given when I was five years old. (They actually have all their anatomy...)

Foreshadowing her life as well perhaps?

Finding my boys' matchbox cars slipped under their door during "nap time".

And catching their fingers reaching out trying to get them back.

Breakfasts outside!

And a couple fun opportunities to go meet friends, sans kids!

Anyone else keeping their hair in a permanent messy-bun from now until October? Virginia humidity is killer!

Happy weekend :)


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.

P.S. I want to clarify something really quick, (not because anyone brought it up...I just want to) - when I mentioned yesterday at the beginning of the post that I felt like our space looked like an arts and crafts project with lots of painted pieces and DIY projects, I did not mean that I purged of all those things or that DIY projects = poor style or taste. We still have four large pieces that I painted just for our home on our main level, not including all the frames I painted for our gallery wall, (dining room), and the lamps I painted black for a more industrial feel. I also refinished the wooden bakers rack between our living room windows, made the coat rack of recycled silver spoons, updated hardware on a few unpainted pieces, dyed the curtains in our kitchen, made a book page wreath that hangs by our front door, and other smaller touches. I am all for DIY home accents. I just think some of my particular projects weren't reflecting our style, (a decoupaged vase, wallpaper on our chandelier, hanging light fixtures that were improperly hung - stuff like that). I hope my remark didn't give any wrong impressions, but if it did, now you know; I love working with my own two hands on things for our home and if I had all the money in the world, I don't think I'd be doing any different. :)

Spring sale, all set up!

First thing's first...Happy Friday! Can I get an amen?!

Almost 100% set up for the Chelsea's Garage Spring sale tomorrow! My very awesome husband has the exciting task of hanging a rather large mirror. After it's up, we're ready! Here are some shots I got early in the morning. 

I'll be sitting back in this little corner of our garage from 10am-2pm tomorrow, (Saturday, May 4), sipping coffee, enjoying some tunes, and greeting the kind folks who make the trip out to visit!


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.