Tuesday, February 25, 2014

One . . . Two . . . Three . . .

On February 5, I wrote a post titled "February . . .  a month of paint"  


and I challenged myself to get 4 pieces of furniture painted by the end of the month.


Each piece of furniture was calling out for help in a different way


and I am pleased with myself that 3 of the pieces are finished.


Four generations of my family, beginning with my grandpa Archie, have used this little wooden chair which needed a new rocker in addition to a coat of paint.


Happily, "Archie" is sitting in a corner of my creative space joined by bunnies (Easter can't be too far off)  I found in the attic.


I love primary colors , but this tall skinny cabinet next to the sofa was too much color for me so I toned down the color with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.


I used the same knobs on the piece, but


the vignettes on the shelves were freshened up.


A vintage hook we used for keys when the cabinet was in the entry way, now holds a buoy we use as a doorstop.


Painting the cabinet put me at half of my painting jobs complete, but I threw in another project before I tackled another piece of furniture.


I painted an old cabinet door Greek Blue and added a garland to spiff up my potting bench for spring.


 Sunday, I painted the drawers of this dresser red and hoped to leave the cream colored base, but the entire piece looked washed out.


So, the base of the dresser got a coat of ASCP in Old White and


new drawer pulls give the piece a fresh look.


For the last painting project, I am trying out Miss Mustard Seed paint because I love the color, Eulalie's Sky.


I have not found drawer pulls that I like within my price range, so when I paint the piece, the old pulls will be back in business temporarily.


Tomorrow's dilemma - do I tackle the dresser, work in the garden or visit the Wednesday Flea Market?

Decisions . . . decisions . . . decisions!

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75 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

Wow! Our tastes are sooo different! I never would have painted that wood rocker. Loved it the way it was. The tall, skinny cabinet.. i LOVE what you did to it. Looks great! The dresser where you painted the drawers red... i'm afraid i like it the way it was better...And OMGosh that huge wood dresser at the bottom... i would never put paint over that! Its beautiful as is!
Funny how tastes are soo different!! I look forward to seeing what else you come up with! Hugs! deb

Sarah said...

You are amazing! One of those projects would have filled my "dance card". So for tomorrow…….I vote for the market. '-)
Seriously, Carol, these transformations look terrific. I'm impressed with all that you get done.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, I can't believe you painted all those pieces. They look great. I like the colors on all of them very much.
I am so excited that we are going to get some rain. If I had Gene Kelly I would go and dance in the rain. LOL.
Have a great weekend, even in the rain.
Mary

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Good for you--set goals and actually do them! :) I need to set more goals because the days just seem to slip away from me. Your pieces look awesome--I usually do not like red--but you could change my mind!

Vintage Jane said...

Busy bee ... I'd be off to the market after all that hard work! I have a cupboard to paint on Friday. I am going to try out Autentico paint ... apparently, even better than Annie Sloan ... we shall see!

kilnfiredart said...

well done you I have some cupboards i have been thinking about painting with AS chalk paint, I might just have a go
thanks
Jill

Suzan Sweatman said...

WOW Carol - you've been busy!
I LOVE ASCP's red's - just gorgeous and have to tell you I love your living room windows ( never noticed them before ) and no wonder you said you don't put curtains - look at the view - and it looks quite private with all those trees!
Can't wait to see the big dresser painted ( you can paint the knobs you know - just dry brush them )
Hugs
Moi

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW.Carol, you are on a roll, and Archie and the cabinet look fantastic. There is NO stopping you my friend. That Greek blue door...SIGH! YES! And of course, the casement windows in your home are lovely.

I SAY, GO FOR THE DRESSER! PLEASE! Do not keep us hanging here!

Have a super day. Anita

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

is there any way you can do all 3? they all sounds like fun. i wish it was warm enough here to work in the yard. ( :

i enjoy your drawer knobs so fun. my favs are the hearts & the numbers. i enjoy the red paint on the drawers. a nice pop of color. although i am more of one who loves (or prefers) real wood colors.

Soiled Rotten said...

Carol! Great job! Keep up the beautiful work!

Susie said...

Well, you did a great job on the things you have painted. I like the little hand collection on the shelf. The sweet rocker is truly wonderful. I like the blues on the outside of your home too. xoxo,Susie

Diane said...

Carol, you are just too smart and energetic!! You actually finish what you begin (not that I am pointing a finger at anyone, like me!!). You have done a great job - cannot wait to see the last piece, when it is done!!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

Great projects! I have yet to try milk or chalk paint...I'm sure that last piece is going to be gorgeous. I vote for taking a break and heading to the flea market - but that's just me!!

ANNE said...

You HAVE been busy!! Everything looks wonderful though - lovely furniture, fabulous paint jobs!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

All you things to do, places to go sound wonderful. I've got cabin fever so would opt for the flea market -lol-. Love the rocker, so AAAdorable.

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

Oh boy, each item looks great! Love the bunnies in the red rocker,love the red on front of the now white cabinet. And the tall cabinet by the door looks great, I'm surprised you got rid of all the color but you're right, it looks better - and the buoy is perfect hanging on the side. Can't wait to see how the dresser turns out - wow, you're really getting your paint on! Great job!
Mary

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I really like the red rocker and the Greek blue cabinet door! Annie Sloan paint is really good,and I've liked everything I've painted.

A lot to choose from. It is supposed to rain this weekend, and the storm is suppose to get here too.

NanaDiana said...

You did a really good job on all those pieces. I like the cabinet toned down from the primary colors...although I do like color...I like it better now.

What a cute little rocker. Did you get the rocker part fixed? I have my Dad's rocker from when I was a child and I had to have a new rocker part crafted for it. You would never know it was added.
I gave it to my son because my Dad would have wanted him to have it.

You, go, girl. I am anxious to see how you like the milk paint. Are you old enough to remember when we used the "old" milk paint back in the late 60s/70s-and you used it over bare wood?

Have a great day- with those 3 choices you have a big decision ahead of you!;>) xo Diana

Cathy Carroll said...

I love them all Carol but, the rocking chair is darn cute. I love little chairs - especially rocking chairs. It's raining here so I am doing some indoor crafting. But, any of your three ideas sounds wonderful to me... have a fun day with whatever you decide.... Cathy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Love all of your painted projects! You are on a roll for sure!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You have been busy! Go to the flea market, ha ha ...take a break :)

Love the little rocker with its history :)

bobbie said...

I vote for the Flea Market!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I have an old rocker that I've been hesitant to paint, but it needs something done to it and after seeing your, I now think I will paint it. I haven't tried milk paint, but I love how your pieces look! Great job! Oh, and I vote for the flea market. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love all the pieces you painted. The tall cabinet is perfect to showcase vignettes now and blends in rather then shouts out! Does that make sense? Anyway the red drawers on the small chest are a wonderful color. I can't wait to see the big chest painted. Love the rocker! My high chair used by 4 generations is painted red and I love it!
Enjoy today what ever you decide to do!

Linda

bj said...

Love all your projects..can't wait to see the fabulous dresser painted..and the pulls on it are classic..maybe you could sprat paint them..??
I have 2 projects to paint..can't afford the high end paints but I think I can still do a good job.
Ever heard of waterslide transfers??
Here from Lavender Garden...

Laurel Stephens said...

What a happy dilemma, to choose from those activities! You've really been painting up a storm this month, Carol, and I'm impressed by every piece.

Sue said...

Love the wonderful buoy doorstop and can't wait to see the big dresser done too. I found one like it on Craigslist to get, but it was sold before I knew it.

fiona anderson said...

Firstly, go to the flea market, painting and gardening can wait. Secondly, thanks for using that red paint from AS, I definitely need to get some to do the chairs in the café.
Seriously, go shopping you've already done loads of lovely makeovers this month, though I can't wait till you do the dresser, I think it'll look great !

Poppy said...

Everything looks fresh and fun, Carol and I can't wait to see that dresser!!

Poppy

podso said...

I do love those new drawer pulls and look forward to seeing the chest of drawers in that fabulous color! And love that little greek blue half door just casually sitting in the garden!

cynthia lee designs said...

You have been a busy bee...everything looks great!! I think you should treat yourself and go to the Flea Market.
hugs,
Cindy

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Flea market first! Wow! You've been painting up a storm this month! I like the tall piece painted white. It shows off your goodies inside better that way. And you're so lucky to have your rocking chair that's been in your family so long. All we can do outside is shovel. Gardening is a looong way off for us. Enjoy!

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
You did a great job on all the pieces. I especially love the new white cabinet. Love the red and white on the dresser that is a show stopper. Awesome job.
Kris

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

How fun is your little rocker. I think it is about time to get out my little bunnies too. Great work here, Carol!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, I know I say it, practically every time I visit you, but you really are amazing. You challenge yourself and you achieve your goals.
It must be wonderful to have a rocking chair which has been used by 4 generations of your family.
I love the Greek blue which you have used on the old cabinet door.... it reminds me of my time living on the Island Of Cyprus.... lots of beautiful blues.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Down by the sea said...

What a challenge and what a transformation! I loved the colour you have choosen for the last piece look forward to seeing this once you have finished it too. Sarah x


Melanie said...

You have so much energy! I love all the furniture that you painted - just beautiful. The view out the window over your couch has me smiling and sighing - looks so warm and gorgeous.

Merlesworld said...

You have been busy, good job.
Merle............

camp and cottage living said...

My, now I feel like the lazy bum that I am!
I like all of the changes you've made. The red drawers in your painted dresser have really made the red in the painting above it stand out.

Kim M said...

Amazing accomplishments~ you are the busiest lady in blogland! I adore all of your changes, but I am partial to red, so I am loving your sweet chair and dresser redo! Gorgeous...and I vote for the flea market! :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Don't you love a good challenge? Love all your painting projects, and looking forward to seeing how the dresser turns out. I think I'd have to go to the flea market...just saying.

Vicky Hunt said...

Love all the projects and I cannot wait to see the wooden dresser painted! That color is gorgeous...:) I think I would take a break and head to the flea market though. Did you? If so, I can't wait to see what you found! Have a wonderful Thursday....Vicky

Acorn to Oak said...

They all look great! How fun...chalk paint and it makes all those pieces like something brand new to you. Can't wait to see how the dresser turns out!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Wow, I missed this post!!! I may be late to visit, But I am amazed by your painting frenzy! You accomplish your goals with spectular results. Archie is adorable in his red with perfect distress applied and don't get me started about the bunnies sitting on the rocker. So sweet. The tall skinny cabinet now Old White with the new vignettes looks really fun with all collection of hands. Do you read palms?

I'm loving the Greek Blue and the dream garland is like a thoughtful suggestion that whispers to the heart. The crisp white with red on the dresser is a real pop of energy and it's new jewelry works so well. Brushed nickel anything ... Pulls, handles are my personal favorite metal.

So Carol with me being a day late I hope your day included the flea market!
Hey on Thursday relax awhile!!!
XO,
Vera

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Quick question about the baby's breath you have set out. Does Lulu brother it? I love the sweetness it gives in mass with no other flowers ... Perfect just by itself. Max >^..^< and Simon >^_^< will not leave it alone. It becomes catnip to them that call their names. Lulu behave with it?
XO,
Vera

Cindy Cain said...

I love the little red/white dresser - just perfect :) Can't wait to see how the large dresser turns out!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I love the color of the rocking chair, and the new old white on the cabinet gives it a more aged feel to it. Love the dresser color, and you've been a painting demon! It is so fricking cold here Mr. C wont' let me paint our bedroom. It might be because this is the third try on the color, or because it would freeze right after rolling on. It's bitter cold again -10, and 10" of snow is due, so we'll total 78" and counting. Wish I could garden, but not for a few months more.

My Garden Diaries said...

Sounds like amazing choices you have! Garden and flea market?!?! That is my kind of day! Ok...every piece you completed looks amazing! I really like your rocker! I think there is something so special about rockers and the fact that it has been within the family for 4 generations is pretty awesome! I like how you added the buoy aa a door stop...that is clever! And your potting bench looks so fresh and happy! You have been so productive! Let us know what you decide for tomorrow!!! Take care you...Nicole xoxo

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Those pieces are great! That tall cabinet is enviable. Just paint. Those handles to match the dresser and you'll fall in love with them. Although they may need some bonding agent painting over metal. Or you could use chalk paint for your first coat.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

You sure have been busy!!! I love that tall, skinny cabinet! Can you believe I have never painted a piece of furniture!!?? I would be OUT in the garden if I could. We are getting record COLD and then another MAJOR storm Sunday. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow ~ you have been busy! Each piece looks beautiful. Love color but the tall cabinet is very nice in white now...and that's unusual for me. :) I do love the red & white chest. The rocker is adorable! I have my favorite grandmother's rocker and it's so very special to me.

The view through your window is just gorgeous...all that sunshine! We had a few days with warmer temps and low 30's this morning. I think if I were you, I'd be outside. :)

xo
Pat
P.S. I love all the knobs you've used.

Doreen@househoneys said...

You've been unbelievably busy! I love ASCP too, but I've only used the red and white thus far. Isn't it a great thing to set goals and reach them?!

I'm looking forward to seeing that dresser!

The Junque Seeker said...

All your pieces look great, and what a lot you accomplished! Looking forward to seeing the dresser in Eulalie's Sky, but I'd hit the flea market first!

Renee said...

I love the red rocker. Love all the things you painted. The tall cabinet looks so much better.

Isn't it awful how expensive drawer pulls are?

Just the names of the paint make them sound fun to use.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

You've done a great job with your painting. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The little rocker is darling in red. I love that we can still see some of your previous primary colours under the new coat in the cabinet next to your sofa.
And please, choose to paint, I can't wait to see the piece!

Connie said...

Carol, you have been so busy . . . I hope you are taking a little time to breath in between projects. Everything you touch turns to pure gold . . . you are so talented.
Isn't it amazing what paint can do? I have never used milk paint . . . do you prefer it to say, Home Depot paint and primer? If we get the cottage ( I think that I told you about it) well, it has a stone fireplace so I'm thinking about painting my electric fireplace white and putting it in a bedroom. The finish on it is a very smooth cherry (probably not real cherry . . . you know, whatever home depot is calling cherry) I think I paid around $400 for it and if it where real cherry I'm sure it would be 5 or 6 times that much. Do you have any suggestions on how to paint it?
I'm a bit afraid of messing it up.
Have a happy week and don't work too hard. You know what they say about all work and no play.
Keep smiling.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

111 LaLa Lane said...

What a difference a coat of paint makes! Your Greek Blue just sent me to a happy place.

Jen Ham said...

Carol...your paint work is just gorgeous! I haven't used Annie Sloan paint yet...you've inspired me to try it. Can't wait to see how the dresser turns out! The blue cabinet door is lovely as is the garland...it's ALL lovely! xoxo Jen

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

My goodness you have been busy! These pieces look fabulous!!

a breath of fresh air said...

Carol you have just succeeded in making me feel so lazy, slow down you have been way too busy :-)
Annie x

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Great make overs for your drawers Carol.
I've got a little set of bedside drawers to do and I'll get some ASCP too! It's a great feeling giving a piece a new life!
Love your quarter pane windows!
I would go to the Flea Market - definitely!!!!

Cynthia said...

I think tomorrow the market. You have really accomplished so much. Everything came out great and I like the color choices.

Cynthia

20 North Ora said...

You've done a great job with your painted pieces. Congratulations for tackling your list!!

Judy

greenthumb said...

Wow you have been so very busy, everything looks great. I'd go to the flea markets.

Kathy said...

A-Mazing what you have done in a month and a short one, at that! I vote flea market tomorrow. You deserve it!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I'd work in the garden, but I'm just saying that because ours is under snow. :)

You really set quite a goal for yourself ! I love "Archie". A piece with family history pulls on the heartstrings.

Thank you for your sweet comment over at my blog. I made the 3D garden inspiration board from wood dowels from the hobby store. It's one of the few places where I can display small decorative items along with some of my art.

Have a great weekend,
Lin

Susan Clayton said...

Wow! Im impressed you really got thru your projects! Love everything

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, no sitting around on your hands for you! Your paint jobs turned out wonderfully. Love the creamy white piece. Oh my, I would love to have a peek at that Wednesday market!

CatieAn said...

Oh my goodness the dresser changes are so wonderful. The paint choices are lovely. And Charlie's rocker is delightful. GREAT JOB.
I loved looking at all of your hands. I would definitely go to the flea market.

must love junk said...

I vote visit the flea market, so I hope you did! :)
Love your tall skinny cabinet the best-great transformation!
Susan

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Wow, you are always so productive! Maybe I should challenge myself with more concrete goals.
I like every one of your painted projects (and the banner on the blue cabinet door!) The little rocker was just meant to be red- so darling!
Can't wait to see the larger piece in that pretty MMS color!

Palomasea said...

Hello dear Carol!
Wow, I am so inspired! I have a few pieces in line for painting at my home, but it's difficult for me to make color decisions...the paint is not cheap, and what if I don't like it? But seeing your beautiful re-workings has given me a little push forward....
I love that red! I never thought AS paint could be so vibrant...beautiful...
Ans that is wild...the minute I saw the photos of the outside...the blue, white, and roses...I though "your home looks like it's in Greece!"...and there you go, the color is Greek blue...absolutely stunning...
Enjoy!!
Have a lovely weekend (whatever you choose...) :)
Flea market sounds very tempting...but I can't wait to see the dresser finished.
Hugs,
- Irina

Jann Olson said...

Carol, you have been so busy and they all turned out darling! My dil just use some Milk Paint and I loved how it just chipped off in places. I'm not sure what brand it was, but I want to try it.
hugs,
Jann

Candy Pop said...

Oh I adore Annie Sloan paint!