A Bedroom Set Before and After I am out today thrifting and hoping to find a few good pieces to transform. Honestly, they are becoming few and far between. I would love to find something along the lines of this bedroom set that I worked on last year. I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg with gold highlights. I’m sharing this project again for those that may have not seen it! Wish me luck today at the stores and I hope to find a great piece to transform!
Posted August, 2015:
Here is the before and you can see that it was in great condition but dark and drab. My client wanted a pale blue with green undertones and gold highlights – yum!Here is the after!I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue to achieve this finish. This was quite the process so here goes!
I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Old White as a base. I first used a combo of basically half Duck Egg to half Old White. However, once applied it was just too light. I added more Duck Egg into the mixture to make it about 3 parts Duck Egg to 1 part Old White – ah, perfect! I also added a wash of straight Duck Egg to give it more depth. The white peeks out in places to add to its lightness.
I hope you don’t mind but I took a lot of pictures of the detail to share with you all. For the gold, I hand painted along the bits and pieces I wanted to highlight. I then sanded back and distressed the entire piece. After distressing and waxing in clear wax, I went back over some of the gold once again. The vintage pulls were given a quick brush over to brighten them up and add yet another pop of gold on this pretty piece.The Duck Egg appears more blue or green depending on the light. Lovely!
I am kind of like Edward Scissorhands when I get going on a piece and just go with it. When there is a set to finish, I have to remember each step carefully so I can repeat it on the next piece and it makes it a little tedious.
Before:The technique is the same as I described in the above post. Here is the after!
This looks lovely, your workmanship is superb Suzanne – hope you’re successful in finding more treasures…..
Thanks so much, Cheryl! I was successful and am excited to get working on my newest find 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented and have a great eye for the detail that makes your work so wonderful.
Thank you so much!
I love this!! Will you consider posting something that you have painted in a modern finish and the instructions? I have an old China cabinet with a curved front that was my grandmothers that I want to redo and I want to paint it in the modern finish with no distressing. Thanks!!!
Hi Angela, I find the General Finishes milk paint to be best for a modern finish. It can be achieved with chalk paint but I prefer the sleeker finish of the acrylic milk paint for a modern look. You can either spray or use a brush but if you don’t want brush marks, spraying is the way to go. Honestly, I never spray but GF website has a whole list of tutorials and one of them is on this. You may want to check out their site. Best of luck and I bet your cabinet will look gorgeous when done!
Love it! Your talent shows through again. What paint did you use for the gold?
Hi Cyn! I believe it was gold gilding wax. I really prefer Cire a Dorer that I buy from my Annie Sloan stockist. I think you can get it online too 🙂 Cheers!
Gorgeous! The color is perfect.
Thank you so much for your reply. I will try the General Finishes on the piece I want to paint. I appreciate your help!!
These pieces or gorgeous! You do such lovely work and are so willing to share your process with us. I love that. Thank you.
Thank you, Susan! I appreciate it!