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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blue Dressing Table

Hello again from the French Hens Nest!


I recently bought a french provincial dressing table and bench by Drexel furniture co from the Salvation Army thrift store. It was half price day so I got them both for $26!  Then my sister Jeannie found the perfect mirror to go with my dressing table at a thrift store in Alexandria for $13!  This all happened right before Thanksgiving so I used them as they were, waiting until after the holidays to paint them.




Before (ugly)

It started out the typical 80s \French provincial colors, pale yellow with lots of gold accenting.


 






About two months ago I came across a great post at Sophia's  blog explaining how to use glazes.  I had used a dark glaze many times on white furniture but this post showed how beautiful WHITE glaze is over darker colors.  I knew that when I was ready to paint the dressing table and bench this was the method I would use.

I had picked up a quart of blue paint for $3.00 at Lowes in December that someone had had mixed and didn't like.  When I was ready to paint my dressing table I remembered that can of paint and when I opened it I knew it was the perfect color for my project.


 After 1 coat of blue...






The color was just what I had envisioned but I knew the white glaze would finish it perfectly.   I mixed one part white latex paint with 8 parts glaze medium (a quart was $15 at Lowes) and mixed it well.  The mix was probably about 6 oz and it covered the table, bench and mirror so I felt better about paying so much for the glaze!

After white glaze applied...




I brushed the glaze over an entire section of each piece, waited about one minute and removed most of it with a wet rag.  I tried to leave a lot in the design crevices and just streaks on the flat surfaces.








 

Here is the finished project... 
 

 




I covered the bench in a white linen until I decide on the perfect fabric. Maybe toile? or paisley? Until then I have a pretty matelasse pillow sham on it.

 


 I love how my blue dressing table turned out!  Please tell me what you think of it!

Blessings,
Linda 


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43 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful!! I'm so glad that you tried glazing...it really is my favorite furniture painting technique :)
    Thanks for mentioning me! I'm following along now.

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    1. Thanks Kristen! You really did inspire me. Now I'm looking at all the furniture I've painted and imagining how it would look glazed!

      Thanks for joining us! Have a lovely evening.

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  2. Turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I've always wanted to try glaze.

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    1. Thank you Sylvia. Try it. It is so easy. Thanks for visiting the nest.

      Have a lovely evening!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  3. Looks Beautiful!!
    I've just nominated you for a Leibster Award! xxx

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    1. Thank you Donna! I just found what a Leibster Award is! We sre so honored. Do we have to do anything?

      So glad you like my dressing table. What a steal, huh, $39.00 plus paint!

      Have a lovely and blessed evening!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  4. Lovely dressing makeover. I'm in the middle of one too:) Posting the reveal soon. New follow. Follow back at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/be-fearless-arianna-huffington.html

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    1. Thank you, Arianna. I can't wait to see your reveal! So happy you joined us!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  5. Very pretty, I would so enjoy sitting there in the mornings getting ready.

    Lizz

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    1. Thank you Liz. I am really enjoying my "new" dressing table.

      Have a lovely evening,
      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  6. That turned out beautifully! It looks so much cleaner and brighter than the original finish.

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    1. Hi Mel! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I'm heading over to your blog next to see what you're up to.

      Have a lovely evening,
      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  7. i absolutely love it. thank you very much for the idea. im soooo doing this...

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    1. So glad you like it and thank you so much for your comment!

      Have a lovely evening,

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  8. Wow! Let me first say "What deals!!" Followed by "Wonderful job! They turned out beautifully! Vanna

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    1. Thank you Vanna! Knowing how you love a bargain and having seen what you do with them I am flattered that you love my deal and how it turned out! Thanks for visiting the nest.

      Have a beautiful evening,
      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  9. What great pieces, I can't believe you didn't find them together! You did a fabulous job, they look amazing!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Thanks Patti! I know, can you believe Jeannie found that mirror for $13 and is perfect with my dressing table! When I bought the dressing table for $26 (!) it had the bench under it. When they moved it off the floor they left the bench so I ran to the guys and said "what about the bench? it comes with it!" They grabbed the bench and put it on the truck! What a bargain!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  10. Good Evening Linda, Your dressing table is beautiful.....the colour you chose is just perfect. Isn't the mirror unusual.....you girls are so fabulous at finding pieces and transforming them....and it is amazing the prices you pay for your pieces of furniture.
    I just love it.
    Have a lovely week.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Thank you Daphne! It is such a bargain that I have to tell everyone how much I paid! I can't help it. When you come for a visit, we will go thrifting. I used to watch that show from England where they gathered stuff from people's homes to sell at auction and go on vacation or something...English stuff is so very old! I love it. I do love French style but I am really an anglophile. My husband says I should have been born in a little village in England. I have to keep the subtitles on for him when we watch the tv.

      Have a beautiful evening,
      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  11. Beautiful!!
    Thanks for the inspiration! I want to do something like this for my entire bedroom suit.

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  12. Hi Debbie and thanks! So far I have painted my bedside tables, a large French chest of drawers and the dressing table. I still have to paint the dresser, make a dust ruffle and hang blue drapes. It take a while to get it all done! I will post on the dresser next. Thanks for stopping by.

    Linda at The French Hens nest

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how the dresser turned out. Such a pretty blue!
    Happy Valentine's.

    Jody

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  15. The dressing table has pretty lines to it and is such a nice shade of blue.

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment and so glad you visited the Nest. We are members of your lovely blog and would be honored if you would join us. I have searched your blog and cannot find your name...

      Happy Valentine's Day!

      Linda

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  16. Hi Linda,
    I LOVE your soft blue! Such pretty lines and what a lovely job you did. I wish I could still do that but my back just won't let me. Thank you for sharing this makeover with us and Happy Valentines Day, my friend!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you Sandi. We adapt and do what our bodies allow. I once was an avid gardener, spending hours at a time in the garden. Now I have perennials that need very little attention. Hope you back gets better soon. In the meantime keep making tea and treating us to your beautiful tea things.

      Warm wishes,
      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  17. What a beautiful vanity set - just love the color blue - and this is the perfect shade for this beauty!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thank you Suzan! Blue was a brave move for me. I usually paint everything white.

      Linda

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  18. Just beautiful! I love the white glaze over it! I once used a white wash over Louis Blue chalk paint and it gave the piece an almost suede look. Gorgeous job! Thanks so much for joining us at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

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  19. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Peggy. I will have to try it over chalk paint next. We love your party. Such good stuff to explore. I can't imagine how much work it must be!

    Have a beautiful day.
    Warm wishes,
    Linda

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  20. Love it! I have the identical piece, but I did it aqua with a white glaze. It is in my kitchen and I use it for a desk. I am looking for another one for my bathroom. I also have that same lamp! Mine is now painted green.

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  21. You're kidding!! That is so funny! I know it must be beautiful in aqua. And the lamp! What a coincidence! I love that lamp with the cute finial. Show us your stuff!

    Have a great day,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest



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  22. Wow, your dresser is just gorgeous. What a great job you did! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I found you on the Made in a Day blog hop and glad I did 'cause your blog is wonderful. I'm following via GFC and I'd love for you to stop by and visit sometime. Happy Tuesday!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Marilyn for your sweet comment!. So glad you like my dressing table. I am really enjoying it. I have visited your lovely blog and of course we joined you. We will be visiting often- such good information.

      Have a beautiful and blessed day!

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  23. I loved the way it turned out. Being an interior designer, this is the type of things that I do all the time for clients and for my own home. I love to re-purpose furniture.

    Great job!

    xoxo,
    Khloe
    www.kgstyleblogs.com

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    1. Wow Khloe, so glad you like my dressing table especially you do this professionally! I checked out your page and I see such beautiful things. Will you have a virtual shop or a brick and mortar one? I really hope I can see more online.

      So glad you visited the Nest.

      Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  24. It's gorgeous! Love those curvy lines and I'm feeling blue lately - in a very good way.

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  25. Hi Laura! So glad you dropped by. Thanks for the sweet comment. I know what you mean about the blue.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for joining. I love your blog!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  26. So pretty! I love that blue! x

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