A little bit of Paris…grey

So remember a while back I mentioned that in addition to this piece, I also purchased several companion pieces while at the auction?

Well, I’m finally sharing. 🙂

Here’s how these girls started.

I scrapped and scrapped and then lightly sanded until there were no more loose bits of paint. In fact, there was enough paint flakes to fill a standing dust pan! Despite the condition on the outside, both functioned well as you might expect from antique Thomasville pieces. The only work I had to do was to replace the latches on the inside of the armoire.

After two coats of Paris Grey, center details of Paris Grey mixed with Graphite and details with Old White, here they are.  I don’t usually name my furniture, but I spent A LOT of time with these girls and came up with names for them during the long hours.

Meet Bella and Beatrice.  Bella is the armoire and Beatrice is the little sister, side table.


You’ll notice that I chose to just embrace the chippy paint look.  I think it adds to their charm.

I also added small touches of Annie Sloan Dark Wax at the end, just to warm up the overall color.

They were sold to a friend of mine for resale in her booth at the Market Place in Columbia, Mo.  I wish I would have taken a photo of them when I delivered them.  She was happy to fill these drawers and shelf with oodles of Christmas ornaments and other seasonal display items almost as soon as we decided where to place them in her booth!

I’m very proud of my first pieces bought and painted with the intention of selling.

There may have been a few times I wish I could have kept them. 😉

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  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    October 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Wow- loved the crusty look before but the after is amazing! Well done! What a beautiful color!! Would love if you would come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

  • love letters to e and g
    October 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    love this piece!!!

  • Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    April 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I found you through an Italian blog. Your piece is featured there at I'm now a follower.

  • Sharron Strickland
    April 11, 2015 at 6:13 am

    This is an amazing example for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint …just love it!!! Sharron from South Africa

  • Emily
    August 3, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Where did you get the drawer pulls? I love them.

    • Leslie
      August 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Thank you! They are the originals. Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Try someplace like D. Lawless Hardware.

  • Kelley
    May 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! I bought the armoire from the store in Columbia years ago. I love it so so so much. I was just thinking about painting it another color.


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