Beaux R'eves

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Paint, Paint and MORE Paint!

When I mentioned yesterday that I was exhausted 
I didn't fully explain why 
I thought I was going to drop dead at any minute.  
I DID tell you that we painted the Master Bedroom 
after the floors were installed.  
And, yes I AM going to reveal the color 
for those of you that have been asking.  
I am so glad that you like it as much as I do. 

When the floors were finished 
(OK, way before the floors were finished 
but don't tell Mr. Beaux!)  
I thought that our dark wood floors were lovely, 
rich and elegant... 
and here comes the But... 
BUT, all of the wood furniture 
that we have in the room 
is now sinking into the floor and disappearing. 
I have had this chest for over 15 years.  
Can you believe that I bought it 
at Costco in California.  
Costco, can you please sponsor me?  
I am always talking about things 
that I buy at the Costco!  
Anyway, the chest has a real marble top 
and lots of carving.  
I have had it in the entry way of our old home, 
in the basement, 
and most recently on my side of the bed. 
Here is an old picture showing both chests. 
I love having a solid surface 
to set my coffee cup on in the morning 
or my juice glass at night.  
It is also something that I suggest to clients.  
It just makes life easier. 

So, while I was painting the bedroom 
I set the chest in the middle of the room 
on a dropcloth and painted it in between coats 
on the walls.  
Mr. Beaux would come in and grumble.  
He hates when I paint over wood surfaces.  
What is it with men?  
"Do you like it?" 
I would ask.  
"Grumble, Grumble".
After two coats of ASCP in Duck Egg Blue 
I got out my Old Masters Gold Paint.  
This paint is expensive but it lasts a long time!  
I have used it on walls 
and ceiling medallions, 
picture frames 
and lots of other things I have probably forgotten about.  
I looked around for some glaze 
to add to it so that I had a longer working time 
but I couldn't find it.  
So, I just added a bit of water 
to thin it down some.  
As soon as I would paint a section 
I would rub it off with a dry rag.  
I didn't want too much gold on it.
 I put a coat of clear wax on it 
and distressed it a bit.  
I am still in the process of using the dark wax 
to age it some.  
Don't you love photos because they don't lie!  
I see on the top where 
I could use a bit more dark wax.  
But I just got excited to show you all!
I guess I could lie or photoshop 
or just show the best angles, 
but you know I'm not like that!  
We are in this together...  
It's a learning process, right?
And it is a process!  
So what do you think?  
Oh, wait, the paint color for the walls...  It will be in the next 
post cause there is a little explaining to do!
And there was MORE painting too!  
Can you guess where? 
Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
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AND, Guess who set me up on Instagram?  
My son who is in Marketing!  
I put it up on the side for now 
until I get the professionals 
to integrate it with the rest of my tags. 

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I LOVE it! That looks like a French antique now. Yes, men need to get over the wood thing.

lynn cockrell said...

Oh, my! Your chest looks totally awesome. I simply adore the color and the gold is just perfect, too!

Vikki said...

Love it to pieces! You did a fabulous job.

Debra@CommonGround said...

sooooo gorgeous!! love the blue!

Cecilia said...

Beautiful! I love the color.

Pat said...

Just beautiful! My first thought was French antique. I think it looks a lot better painted. Good job!

sweet violets said...

Love the chest painted, looks like an antique!! What is it with men and wood???

Anonymous said...

Just stunning. I love the shape and size of the piece and now the gorgeous blue with the hint of gold is smashing. My husband is the same way about painting wood, remember they are from Mars!!! I so miss Costco. I went there all the time when we were in Texas but since we moved to Georgia, we are not close to one. I look forward to the finished room.

DIYbyDesign said...

You are so brave to paint it but it came out amazing. I love it!

Basil6 said...

Wow.....what a difference! I LOVE the transformation.

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

It looks amazing....Fantastic job!

JP said...

What a difference a coat of paint love love!

Sandie said...

I LOVE it!!!

Kim said...

the paint color and details are gorgeous!

DD's Cottage said...

Such a difference with the paint! You did a great job!

Unknown said...

How French!! The blue and gold. Sigh... men! It's only paint :) I luv a mixture of painted and wood pieces in a room.
It is beautiful!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... gorgeous!!...Love the combination of the Duck Egg and looks like a fabulous french antique!!
Beautiful job and I cannot believe that you were painting this piece while painting the walls too!!

Unknown said...

Wow! I need you to come over to my house and help me!!! Everything looks so elegant! Love Love Love it!

O'Irish said...

Love it! So much better than the dark wood! Good job!!!

Cynthia said...

WOW this is beautiful, I LOVE the changes. Looks like an antique from France somewhere. Would've loved to have been able to pin.


Pam said...

My husband doesn't like painting over wood either. Don't get it as your transformation from the brown to the blue is stunning!! Love it!! I really enjoy your posts. In your spare time can you come to my house and help me??

Pam said...

My husband doesn't like painting over wood either. Don't get it as your transformation from the brown to the blue is stunning!! Love it!! I really enjoy your posts. In your spare time can you come to my house and help me??

Melanie, said...

It looks great! I like it so much better painted. All the pretty carved wood detail shows up better.

Rhonda said...

I love what you've done with this little chest! Love the gold accents!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like it much better than the original dark finish
you did a fantastic job on painting it

This N That said...

I hate to say this Cindy, but I'm with your hubby..I'm not a fan of painting good wood..If it came from Costco, it's not high end, antique stuff so I guess it's OK...It looks pretty..

Pamela said...

Cindy it is gorgeous!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh my! I can't believe the difference, it looks gorgeous! I love the color and the gold accents! FABULOUS job!

Jan Hermann said...'s gorgeous! I love the ASCP and what you did to it!!

Alycia Nichols said...

AMAZING transformation!!!!!

Don't kill yourself, girl!!! :-)

Patty Rumaker said...

That chest is gorgeous! It looks like it has come to life - lighten up and breathing again. Lovely.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Cynthia said...

Love it too! But agreed that if it was a antique & in great condition would have left it wood too. My mom in law had her marble top tables redone from French provincial white to a wood look & they look great. Really like the gold on yours....think that's what makes it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gorgeous! I love the color and it changed the entire look of the piece.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Beautiful makeover.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Oh I absolutely love it!!! So much better than the wood, MEN!

Claudia said...

Wonderful! I'm hoping I can do this to one of ours...I am I won't do it as wonderful as you have done!

Cindy DIY beautify said...

It is GLORIOUS! Although I know if you asked my husband, he would grumble :) We women have to stick together when it comes to painting dark furniture :)

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely stunning! Well done!

Unknown said...

You have given that chest new life. All those lovely details were hard to distinguish from the rest of the piece in its original state. You did a marvelous job, and I just love it!

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous - looks the way it's supposed to look to me lol - what a transformation!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh my I can't believe the detail that brought out! Love the color- just love it! I'd have tp have plastic underneath me when I would paint or there'd be something spilled for sure! It sure looks like a high end custom French designed piece!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a grogeous piece and I love the new color. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

I just commented on your beautiful hardwood floors and now I discover this gorgeous chest also belongs to you. It's been transformed into something magical. I love the Duck Egg and gold -- very French. I saw your link on That DIY Party. By the way, I've just Liked you on FB. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

love love love it!!
That turned out beautiful Cindy!!

Unknown said...

WOW!!!! I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

Cristina Garay said...

Oh I love how it looks all painted! Those pretty details show so much better in its light version. I haven't use dark wax, I bought it like three months ago, but I've been afraid to use it, some day!

Jeanette said...

I love love how it looks painted! All the details in the piece just pop now. I have never worked with the ASCP paint or the dark wax. I would love to get my hands on some of that paint but I can't seem it get it in my area. You did a beautiful job!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It is gorgeous!!!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

It turned out stunning! Love the color and the gold accent. It really looks nice against the wood floor now. Welcome to the party and thank you for sharing it and your beautiful bedroom at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

That is gorgeous! Love the piece and your paint color choice is stunning. I'm featuring it in this week's Power of Paint Party Spotlight.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful work!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's much prettier painted! ♡ Now the details show.

RPK Interiors said...

Stunning! Love the blue with the gold highlights...Stopping by from Elizabeth & Co.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Cindy, this is absolutely gorgeous. Wow! I love it. I shared it on my A Joyful Cottage Facebook page just now. And I'm pinning it, too. You are so talented.

Nancy said...

Christy, I'm featuring your fabulous chest tomorrow, too. Thanks for sharing at Every Room In the House. ~ Nancy

Unknown said...

This is just gorgeous! I love duck egg blue and the way it changes with the dark wax. My husband USED to cringe at the thought of painting over wood furniture, until I went ahead and painted a couple of old pieces with chalk paint. Now he looks for things for me to paint! I' be linking to your blog too.

Barbara Nimmo said...

Your blog post about the joy of painting is truly inspiring! The way you express your passion for art and the transformative power of paint is evident in your words.

Ashlee Rolfson said...

It's always wonderful to read about the creative process and the freedom that comes with expressing oneself through art.

On a related note, for fellow art enthusiasts or those looking to embark on their own painting journeys, I recently discovered a website called "frugalishness."

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