Do you remember the line in White Christmas where Bing Crosby says to Danny Kay: "pushing, pushing" because Danny is trying to push him into a relationship with Rosemary Clooney? Well, I have been "pushing-pushing-pushing" my hubby for quite a while to start turning our furniture into "shabby chic" and to create more of a cottage feeling in our home.
Much of what I have had going on in my house goes back to the Jewel Tone Embrace of the late 80's. At that time it was a love for Victorian and the deep colors of royalty. My kitchen buffet below I bought years back when a darling shop closed nearby and I purchased their golden display piece. Well...change has come:
The color is very light pink.
Back in the late 60's we learned to refinish antiques it was truly the hard way. You had to use this stuff called "strip-ese" and believe me - it burned like crazy on your skin. However, shabby chic and especially the chalk paint idea is really easy by comparison. This is our first shabby chic chalk paint project. This was the look before which was very Victorian:
We kept the painting of angels on the inside of the 2 doors and my perfectionistic husband painted all inside the piece and even the back which had never been fully painted.
We watched a lot of tutorial videos over and over on line and then we jumped right in (yes - I painted too!) and did the buffet with chalk paint. We did settle on Ce Ce Caldwell paints because my husband has a lot of allergy issues. We painted in the kitchen and there was NO ODOR AT ALL! This is Portland Rose over a first coat of Vintage White. I also liked the made in America part as most everything we buy now seems to come from China.
My husband is willing to redo more of our vintage and antique pieces so there will be more show and tell to come! We have quite a few pieces in process. I am so excited as I am ready for a new "fresh" but still "old" look. I can't wait to see those corner curios changed - and the kitchen table and the book case and the tea cart and..........we better get busy.