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Monday, September 7, 2009

Well, that's one less thing to do...maybe

I painted my armoire, this weekend.

Finally, right? : )

The only thing is, that the color is not *quite* what I was going for.

I used Glidden's Antique White and it's a bit brighter than I wanted.

By no means, is it a stark white but it's not quite the creamy white, I had in mind.

Still, I do like the change.

It definitely brightens up my living room which is what I was going for.

Here is a before pic...





And the after...

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Much, much better, right?!

I wanted it to look distressed, so some places have the brown coming through.

I love that it's not a perfect paint job.

I also, love that the white shows off some the details, that kind of got lost in it when it was darker.
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I really am liking the change, just not sure if I should go a shade darker or leave it as is.

What say, you?

Should I leave it or go a tiny bit darker?

32 comments:

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

I like it. See if it grows on you.

I'd probably end up leaving it anyway--after all the effort of painting it, I know it would be a loooooong time before I was ready to do the same project over again. I think sometimes I have decorating and craft ADD.

Heidi said...

Looks so much lighter and brighter!

I agree with Cheryl - it looks peachy keen as is, but you know how you 'feel' about it. Wait a while and see before making any changes.

I like the 'not perfect' paint job as well. It suits it!

Cottage Mommy said...

Looks really great Stephanie! I would leave it too and see what you think after a week or so! It is hard with your dark walls to see such a contrast, I get that but I think it is beautiful!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

It looks so fresh...great job. If you decide you want to go a bit darker I'd just rub on a wash of paint a tone darker to add some dimension.
Good luck and enjoy! Janell

The DIY Show Off said...

You did a beautiful job! I really love it! :)

Roeshel

sabrina said...

i like it! i would do the wash thing that was mentioned, it does need a little dimension. but it is way more stunning than before!

Decor Girl said...

Wow! Love it! I think i'd leave it as is. Great job :)

ani said...

it is such a gorgeous piece! i agree with the others. live with it for awhile before you change anything.

Diana {The Princess Escapades} said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I like it. And I agree with Cheryl - I'd leave it. I think it will wind up growing on you. :)

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Ali Mae said...

Ditto to comment #4 :D. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love that you had the guts to paint over all of the other stuff--it looks so great now!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I think I agree with you--in the photo it looks a tad bright--but one can't tell by a photo--you are there in person--you might want to give it a softer white if you are feeling it is too bright. I like how the details come out with the new color. I have painted some things bright white and I am ok with the brightness...like you say it lightens things up.

DeeDee said...

Wow this turned out awesome..you did a great job on this.thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me comments...I love having comapny over..please visit me again...

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love the new look~

Blondie said...

I was just reading a blog yesterday (and for the life of me I CANNOT remember who- sorry!) and she used Valspar's Transparent Glaze in Mocha. She wiped it on her white painted armoire, then wiped it off to give it a mellow, aged effect.

She said it was super easy and if she didn't like how a section turned out, she'd wipe it all off with a damp paper towel and start over.

You can buy the glaze at Lowe's.

Good luck and I love it white! Great job!!

Blondie @ The World According to Blondie

Blondie said...

FOUND IT! Google is my friend.

Traci at Beneath My Heart has a great tutorial where she transformed her corner armoire into a TV stand and glazed it with the Valspar.

Here's the link: http://beneathmyheart.blogspot.com/2009/07/not-corner-hutch.html

Hope that helps!
Blondie @ The World According to Blondie

heidi said...

It's so much better! I am in love with Glidden's Parchment White right now- it's a bit more antique looking, if that's what you're going for. Just a thought... it looks great as is!

pk said...

Soooo much better! Great job.
pk @ room remix

stefanie said...

it looks soooo much better, i bet you love it now

Katie said...

It looks a tiny bit too white, but that may just be the pics. Have you thought about rubbing a little stain over it to see if that'll tone it down some?

Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

Great job!

I'd leave it and live with it for a while before you decide. You could always rub some glaze into all the carved areas if you want to bring out more details.

But it looks awesome!

Better After said...

Looks great! White paint can cure anything! :)

Amanda said...

WOW! I'm impressed! I love it! I doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture! I like the bright white. and on a side note... I want one of those Eiffle Towers!! LOVE IT!!!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh WOW! Love it.... especially the hardware... too cute! Great job!
~Whitney

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I love the white, which is a wonderful improvement! I, too, would be tempted to tone down the white just a smidge. You might be able to just lightly rub a stain over it, then wipe it back off. Tha tmight give you a more muted effect without repainting ...

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Very pretty!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

I think it looks great. If you're not sure I would live with it for a while and see what you think.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I like it.

I like the details, too. I have details on our chairs in our dining set. You didn't even notice them until it was painted. Another check for painting wood! =)

Amanda said...

Love it! It's so dramatic! My sister in law uses a touch of minwax pecan stain over her painted pieces to give them a muted kind of finish to the color. I like it as it is, but you could try that if you wanted.

Wendy said...

That is gorgeous! SO much better white!

I think live with it for awhile and see what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dayka said...

I think it looks great and agree with Janelle. If you want to go darker, just do a wash, glaze, or something like it. Found this post via Miss Mustard Seed.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks so fresh and clean in the white! I absolutely love the shape of that piece. You just can't go wrong with white!