I can’t wait to share this french provincial makeover with you!
I wish I had taken a pic of this sad dresser when I spotted her curbside but before I could pull out my phone, a sweet passerby asked if I needed a hand. I forgot all about the pic and jumped at the offer because there was NO WAY I could have lifted this five-foot-plus-beast into the back of my FUV by myself. That’s not a misspelling btw. MMM has renamed my SUV a Furniture Utility Vehicle because there’s ALWAYS a piece of furniture in the back. I think it’s cute and he may be onto something. If the auto industry was to market vehicles as FUV’s they might just sell a few more. 😉
Anyway, I did take a pic in my paint room. Here she is in all her sad glory waiting for her makeover.
I have to say, because of her size, this dresser gave me a really good workout – but I loved every minute of it.
It was my first time using a salt wash / sea spray texturing medium. Lately, I’ve been playing around with different textures and layering techniques, and I LOVE this old world furniture finish. It reminds me of ancient stone from an architectural ruin!
What do you think?
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OLD WORLD FURNITURE FINISH w SEA SPRAY
Like I mentioned, this was my first time using a salt wash/sea spray type of texturing medium so I learned ‘on the job’. I added the powder to the paint and mixed it in until the consistency was like a thick batter. I even left some lumps in there which I’m not sure you’re supposed to do.
After I put my base coat of Drop Cloth and Driftwood on, I mixed up Coffee Bean and Driftwood to create a darker color. Then I applied it with a chip brush to create peaks and valleys with the thickened paint.
I had an old stone finish in mind while I was creating this piece so I was (but wasn’t) strategic in where I applied it… hope that makes sense… my creative process is messy. Once the first layered dried, I sanded and added another layer of Drop Cloth mixed with the Sea Spray.
This is how it looked. Kind of thick and gloppy.
Once I was happy with my layers, I gave the piece a final sanding, and applied this brown wax to amplify the old worn look.
Here’s a view of the top. Even though the entire dresser looks very textured, it’s been sanded down so it feels super smooth.
As the very last detail, I applied this colored Gilding Wax on the handles (which I turned right side up) and added other highlighted areas around and on parts of the drawers for hints of color. When the light hits these highlighted areas just right, there’s just a hint of glimmer which looks spectacular!
When I posted to Facebook saying I was giving it a go, Caylisa, one of my FB followers posted a pic of a dresser she restyled for her daughter’s beach style room. She used a sea wash in white and blues and it actually looks like breaking waves!
This textured paint medium is interesting and has a ton of creative possibilities.
Thank you guys for all your inspiration. 🙂
HAVE YOU USED A TEXTURED MEDIUM BEFORE? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FRENCH PROVINCIAL MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture texturing my friends!