I know I am not the only one that has issues with giving up furniture they have painted, usually I am really good, I have learnt to distance myself. If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen me show you the before photo of this gorgeous cabinet I have dubbed “The Beast”, named because it is so freakin’ huge! This is by far the largest piece of furniture I have painted to date. This is a custom piece for an incredible client who has commissioned me to transform two pieces of furniture for her office and when she and her husband described their vision to me I knew I would have trouble letting go of this piece……actually I knew I would have trouble not moving into the finished room!
The body is painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter and the back of the shelves with Grain Sack. The top would be stripped and stained a darker more contemporary colour. Can I just say the fact that this one was on wheels saved the day, it made it a lot easier for little old me to work on! From now on I demand that all me furniture come with wheels attached. I did break it down into three parts…..the hutch, the wood top and the base so I could work on each piece separately.
It was a mission to paint. We were going for a very minimal amount of distressing with an almost Pottery Barn inspired finish. To achieve a smooth finish that has minimal distressing more coats are really needed. Between each coat I sanded with 240 grit sandpaper, not heavily, but enough to get a smooth finish. By doing multiple coats with sanding between, when you finally sand you don’t need to be too heavy handed and therefore can just lightly distress a few of the high points. I also used bonding agent as we wanted no chipping.
My client choose to change out the hardware with these beautiful pewter ones which I think tie in perfectly with the Grain Sack. When I finished it I knew it would look perfect in my home……only problem was is it wasn’t mine. So with much sadness we loaded it into our ute and delivered back to its rightful place and I have to say it really looks perfect where it is. Once I have finished the desk for the space my client has agreed to let me shoot the space for the blog…..I cannot wait to share it with you….the room is stunning and I would be so happy to call it my own. I love being able to see my painted furniture in their forever home….it just ends the story perfectly for me.
Styling “The Beast” was a challenge, I just don’t own enough stuff for this bad boy, so I just embraced a more minimalist look. Oh! And it was sooo big it almost didn’t fit here….”The Beast” needs a lot of head room.
So what do you think? Would you have wanted to keep it too?
I know I have been slack on the blog lately and that is only because I have a lot going on behind the scenes, including getting all my Christmas Posts ready…..yes, my Christmas decorations are going up and our home is being transformed. BUT! I do have a cute thrifty DIY to share with you later in the week which I am kinda excited about so hopefully this week I won’t seem so lazy.
Compensation for this post was made by D.Lawless Hardware but all opinions expressed here are my own.