06 January 2013

Singing the Blues

When I found this jewelry armoire it was singing the blues.  It was so lonely at my neighbor's yard sale.  I offered to bring it home with me and after a long negotiation process we settled on a price, FREE!!
I have the best neighbor.  
The jewelry armoire has a laminate finish and is not real wood.  That means I can't strip and sand it.  It is in great condition, no scratches or chips.  I knew chalk paint would be the best paint to refinish it.  With chalk paint you can paint virtually any surface with out sanding.   I used CeCe Caldwell's Chalk Paint.
The color I chose is called Memphis Blue.   This name reminds me of Elvis
 and he was the inspiration for this piece.


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Here are some pictures of the painting process.

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue
Jewelry Armorie Before

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue
 
oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue
Jewelry Armoire Painted Memphis Blue
After the paint is dry I used a damp rag and rubbed in areas that I wanted a distressed look.  (most ly the edges and a few places on the legs.  Next, I applied the clear wax with a brush.  The paint darkens after the clear wax is applied. 

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue
Clear wax applied to top
 While the clear wax is wet I applied the dark wax.  I concentrated on the decorative areas.

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue

I want to tell you that this next part was part of the original plan but sometimes creativity comes from necessity.  I didn't have enough paint for the drawers and chalk paint isn't sold locally!  I didn't want to wait so.....................................I spray painted the drawers. 


I used plastic wrap and painters tape to cover the areas that I didn't want painted.  Then I primed and painted the drawers.
Kilz Primer : Krylon Gloss Ivory
 I painted the hardware a gold color called Caramel Latte


I am so exited with how it turned out.  My armoire no longer sings the blues.

oak jewlery armoire, CeCe Caldwells Chalk Paint, Memphis Blue

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24 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had your talent....

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  2. Gorgeous! You brought it right up to date. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks you, Debbie. I love your parties.

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  3. Beautiful transformation. Love it. I am a new follower from Debbiedos...

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    1. Thanks for following! I love it too! Truth be told, I was scared to paint the drawers a contrasting color.

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  4. It turned out beautiful! I found it next to my link up at Miss Mustard Seed's party.

    Megan

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    1. Thank you! I found your blog a few days ago while visiting twelveOeight. You have a great blog and a new follower.

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  5. This really turned out beautiful. Perfect match for your room.

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  6. I love not only the beautiful soft contrast of colors, but how resourceful you were when running out of paint! Thank you so much for sharing at the Pretty Things Party at twelveOeight :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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  7. I think it turned out very pretty. It was fun to see the process.

    Good work!
    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I love comments!

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  8. This turned out very beautiful! Love the blue color. This piece look so much better and classy. :) By the way, I love your idea of using plastic wrap. Duh! lol Great idea!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Plastic wrap is great when spray painting.

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  9. Beautiful........it looks wonderful!, NeeCee at Pine Creek Style

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  10. It looks great! Doesn't look anything like the same piece!! A little paint works a lot of wonders! Visiting from The Dedicated House for Blue Friday.

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