Whilst experimenting with all my new Miss Mustard Seed goodies, I have been working away in the background transforming this beautiful reproduction French Provincial Amoire with the help of WEBSTERS.
I have been looking for an affordable piece like this for the longest time but they usually sell quickly and for more $$$ than I am willing to part with! This sweet piece had lots of bumps and bruises and so she was priced accordingly, and just for once I managed to get in first with my enthusiastic SOLD! We all know that a few bumps and bruises don’t matter one iota to those ‘in the know’!
I wanted something eye catching to keep my Websters Products in at my little stall at the local antique gallery and this piece certainly WOW! factor in her new skin!
Take a look! Very French, OUI?I chose a light cream coloured paint mixed with Websters for the exterior and painted the interior with Resene semi gloss enamel in Antique White USA so it would be scratch resistant and easy to clean. The whole piece was so dark, it really needed light colours to give it a lift.
I waxed the piece with L’Essentiel Clear Wax then added an aged finish with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. L’Essentiel also makes a beautiful dark wax however it’s more subtle (perfect for an gentle aged patina) but for this piece I wanted quite heavy ageing, so it looked like something found in Granny’s Attic. It’s actually a bit darker than I was able to capture in the photos.
Here are some more close ups of the detail with the dark wax and light distressing I added.Since starting on this piece, I also became a Miss Mustard Seed stockist…and realised with dismay that my beautiful Amoire won’t be big enough to fit everything in now! But as luck would have it….I somehow managed to come across another Amoire that was exactly the same, except it is a full cupboard BIGGER! Woot! And the best part is that because it had numerous bumps and bruises, it was inexpensive!
And as we all know….a few bumps and bruises don’t matter one iota to those of us ‘in the know’. 😉
My next dilemma…..what colour to paint the new one, aptly named ‘Big Sister’! In the meantime, Little Sister is crammed full to the brim and overflowing with all my beautiful paint products down at The Bazaar & Gallery, so pop buy and have a closer look and maybe pick up a few bits and pieces to create your own masterpiece!
If you’d like to learn first hand how to paint your tired old furniture, have a look at my WORKSHOPS page and see when the next one is!