My favorite part of vintage furniture is the interesting and gorgeous detail in the pieces and, in particular, how the detail pops with paint. Here are a few pictures I have taken over the years on this. Enjoy!
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I adore your work. Quick question. Can you tell me the technique you used in the first photo? The piece is grey and the embellisments are in white. Is that a wash? I think it looks amazing! Looking forward to more…..happy new year!
Hi Rita, that piece was finished in Annie Sloan French Linen and I dry brushed the details in Old White. It turned out beautifully. I still think it is my best piece I ever did. Thanks!
WOOOWEEE, I guess it did. Just gorgeous! Now to pray in a piece somewhat like it for me! And great idea from Gloria, too!
Any chance that technique is in one of your tutorials?
Hi Rita, No, I don’t have one but you have given me a great idea for the new tutorial 🙂
Wonderful. Perhaps you could also give a few hints about where to find these amazing pieces with such detail! Pretty please!
Ha! I scour every thrift store and Craigslist listing – a full time job in itself!
Yes, of course. The old fashioned way…good, hard nose to the grindstone work. (I love treasure hunting. It doesn’t really feel like work!). I agree with Elizabeth. i have refinishing envy!
These snapshots of the details would make good art pieces. You should think of selling them as prints.
Thanks for such a great idea! I think I shall do just that and put the prints in my hallway upstairs. Cheers and thanks again!
I love the teal-coloured piece, but mostly the green drawers! I gasped as I scrolled down and saw it! It is just exquisite! What colour is that, Suzanne? I hope it’s something we can get in Australia. To be truthful they’re all just gorgeous. I have refinishing envy!
Hi Elisabeth – thanks so much! The green is Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green and it is gorgeous. It is a fun color to use for a bold piece. I’m sure you can find it in Australia if you go online and find your local stockist. Thanks again!
Hi again Suzanne,
I’ve just gotta say your work is just absolutely gob-smackingly beautiful. Is there some competition you could enter or some place where you could get some award or formal recognition for it? If so you really should get it! Really, it is just superb. Could I ask if you just learnt your skill in a self-taught kind of way, or whether you have trained in this area? How long have you been doing this? I really don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. I don’t want to sound sycophantic, but it really is very good. I hope you know just how good!
Hi Liz, Wow, thank you so much! First of all I love the expression gob smacked 🙂 and no, I didn’t have any training. I have always been artistic and developed a love of paint over the years. I started when my children were babies and we bought our first house. I have been thrifting and painting ever since! I met my friend, Celeste a few years ago and she introduced me to Annie Sloan chalk paint – the rest is history! There is nothing I enjoy more than working in my garage surrounded by paint. I love to share on my site and facebook, etc. and see others work as well. Thanks again so much – you are very kind!