Thursday, May 5, 2011

old white + duncan phyfe

Somehow, in the midst of all the May chaos, I didn't get a before shot of this piece.  It was dark wood and the veneer had chipped off in about a bazillion pieces.  There was no saving the wood for staining.

I chose to paint it in Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk Paint.  I have sung the praises of chalk paint… and I still love it.  BUT, it took 4 coats of Old White to cover this piece!  There was a lot of bleed through.  I have since used several other colors that were new to me, and didn't have this problem with any of them.  It will take me a while to get up the nerve to use Old White again!

I'm not sure if you can tell in these pictures, but this is after the third coat & it still needs another coat.

I'm thrilled with how it came out, though.  So I'm not going to complain about the Old White too much.

I was able to keep the original hardware.  It is gorgeous ~ I didn't touch it at all.

 In other exciting news, I've spent some time organizing all of my hardware.  I'm not done yet, but the bucket system seems to be working for me.  Now to find somewhere to store all of the buckets…

Hope you're having a great week!  I've got lots to share… I've been painting & not posting, so I need to catch up.

thanks for coming by!

linking to these great parties:
Redoux's Friday Redoux
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell Wednesday
Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday
Mama Hen's WOW Wednesdays
Remodelaholic's Anonymous 


  1. Well, don't complain too much-she is a beauty and even though it was a beast to do-she has turned the corner! LOVE it! Love the sytle AND the color! Great job! Can't wait to see all you have been up to! xxoo Diana

  2. WOW! You've got lots of hardware! Perhaps it's time to start scouring Craigslist for a card catalog cabinet. Just a thought...

  3. Looks great. I just ordered some of her paint and I'm excited about trying it.

  4. Drooling over the hardware as much as the dresser! :)

  5. Just gorgeous, even if it did take four coats. And I am seriously jealous of your hardware collection!

  6. It is SO pretty! I can only imagine how it looked before you got to work; what a great transformation. It looks like you paid big money for it :)
    I'd love it if you'd link it up to The AFTER Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage...


  7. what a beautiful shape. i love it like a lot. i have yet to use chalk paint but i wonder if you gave it a light sanding before hand if it would have bled? what do i know? hmm lets all ponder what i know. ha

  8. It does look great! I'm getting ready to use some Old White on a piece I have. Hope it works for me! It's not as dark as yours was, so hopefully it won't take 4 coats!

  9. I'm not sure how I came across your blog (blog from a blog from a blog) but I'm SOOOO excited to read that you are having that issue with Old White, as well. It took only one coat of Louis Blue chalk paint to cover a very dark piece. I'm now on coat #3 with Old White on a new piece! Ugh...I still love it, but you're right.... I'll be mixing Old White with another color if I use it again! : )

  10. White is sometimes the hardest color to get to look really solid. I love how this turned out.

  11. I love this dresser! I love the hardware too and it looks great that you kept it. I do a link up party every Friday - Sunday too. I would love it if you would stop by and link this up. Usualy we have a bunch, I don't know where everyone went this week!

  12. I love your dresser. It looks fabulous. I was thinking that chalk paint is flat and like primer. Your dresser looks like it has some shininess to it. Did you wax it?
    Isn't the chalk paint very expensive?
    great job!
    ps thanks for linking up!
    pps I have a lot of hardware to, and still pick it up whenever I can.

  13. She's a beauty I love the style of the dresser and I'm very envious of all that hardware how about a giveaway? just kidding! new follower...stop by for a blog visit.

  14. Simply lovely! And SO worth the time and four coats of paint! You have totally inspired me! Now I'm looking for one of my very own. And I'm not embarassed to tell you I want mine to look just like yours!!

    Kind regards!

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  16. Oh my oh my oh MY, what BEAUTIFUL piece!! LOVE those curved drawers! After spending an hour with you tonite, I'm your newest follower too!

    Deborah (visiting from

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  18. It turned out beautiful. I think if you'd primered it with Kilz latex primer you would have had no bleed through problems. Surely easier than 4 coats of paint. But it's gorgeous nonetheless.