This has happened to me a few times before and always ends up as the same sad story. I see a piece and have a specific “look” that I am striving for. In my haste to create that look, I don’t listen to the actual piece. The French Vanity is a case in point. I had the idea of a shiny top and a bottom finished in layers with Annie Sloan Florence as the final finish.
Mistake Number One. Always do the top first and use it as a starting point. I sanded down the top and it had a great honey tone to it. The honey color didn’t play well with Florence. I decided to put a coat of stain on that had a redder tone to complement the paint color. Wrong! Always play off the wood tone and take it from there.
Mistake Number Two. If it looks great – leave it. I put on the initial coat of Louis Blue as a base coat and it looked great. It fit the piece. However, I had it in my mind that I was going for Florence and so… on it went right over the perfect blue! It didn’t look nearly as good.
Mistake Number Three. If it doesn’t work, forget it. I wasn’t happy with Florence so I decided to add a wash and wax to see if I could salvage it. I spent hours trying to force it to look “right”. I really should have repainted it from the beginning.
I need to remember to go with the piece and not force it.
Here it is today. It’s looking great now and I am really pleased. However, it’s taken a ton more work and a day longer than it should have. The good news is that by trying different colors and stains, I’ve hit upon a great combo. A lighter blue over the Florence that creates a rather aged or shabby look but is paired with a shiny, more elegant top.
Much better! More calming and pleasing to the eye.
I hope to finish it today and post the before and after tomorrow!