Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

French Provincial Re-do

I did this quite a while ago but thought I would share it with you.
My daughter wanted a buffet for her dining room.
She purchased a beautiful set of Queen Anne
dining room furniture from
her Aunt & Uncle.
All she needed was a nifty storage piece.
She is like me and doesn't like everything all
matchy-matchy..
a bit of this..
a bit of that..
suits us just fine.
SOOO..
I found an old French Provincial dresser
left over from a 1970's bedroom set.
Hmmm...
Even my daughter thought I might be just a TAD crazy.
Hmpffff..
Don' t challenge me!
Now, as you can see-
it is not a bad looking piece..
but it does look like it belongs in a bedroom.
Paint wash & re-wash
and re-wash
and wash again.
Dry-brush with some off-white.
Then...remember those old wall "sculptures"
that everyone had hanging on their kitchen wall?
Well- I didn't have any-
but some people I know did.
Anyway-I glued those suckers on the ends of the cabinet.
Ummm-hmmm-Ummm-hmmm
Starting to lose that bedroom-y look, isn't it?
Yessss!
Not too shabby,huh?
Well it IS a tad shabby but
Hey! That's the idea, Alice!
(remember Alice from the Honeymooners anyone?)
Ralph was always threatening to send her to the moon..
remember that?
Yeah..well, I always ask SweetCheeks..
"You wanna go to the moon, Alice?"
Her reply is always the same.
I YAM NOT ALASS AND I ISSS NOT GOIN TO DA MOON!
All righty then...where was I?
Oh yeah...the dresser.
Now what to do with the top?
Ladies, you are NOT going to believe this..
I could lie and tell you
that I hand painted this beautiful
marble pattern.
I did!
-NOT-
No~what you are seeing is marbleized wallpaper
cut to size with an exacto blade
and then covered with about 3 coats of heavy duty polyurethane.

She has had this for about 4 years now and it is still holding up

despite the fact that it is in the same room that

SweetCheeks eats in.

God is good!

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11 comments:

  1. I absolutely love it! You did an awesome job on that :)

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  2. OH MY!! I do love it, too. I have a piece I could sure do something with. Wanna come over??

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  3. It looks wonderful! That is my favorite style of furniture. So shabby. I love the fruit sculptures that you glued on the sides too. That was a great idea!

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  4. Wow, you won't believe this but I have that same piece of furniture sitting in my storage shed! It belonged to my mother. I LOVE what you did with it. I never would have dreamed that it could be transformed in such a way!

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  5. Hi, I have a blog award for you on my blog today. Just wanted to let you know that I like your blog :)

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  6. Great job. I see those old french provincial things on Carig's List all the time. I like the thingies on the end too.

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  7. Wow, Diana! Beautiful job! I never would'ave thought of using faux marble wallpaper! Super dooper idea, girl! Love it!

    Do I have to call you Martha, now.....? lol!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

    PS And no...really....I didn't bat my eyes at that poor old man...well....maybe smiled a bit....? lol!

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  8. Well, Martha is okay...as long as you mean Martha Stewart and NOT Martha Washington.
    You did TOO bat your eyes at that poor old man...I am onto your tricks! lol

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  9. I love this and would do a piece to match it...

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  10. I had that exact same dresser when I was a kid. I may or may not have had some of those sculpture thingys at some point in my life. I love what you did! You gave an old gal a whole new life. Good on ya.

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