It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to finish up a project! Thanks to you all for hanging in there with me. The last couple months of pregnancy are not for sissies, that’s for sure! But I’ve got a great one for ya this morning!
You’ll remember in my last post that I picked up this REALLY, really heavy armoire (thank goodness for my strong hubby) at a thrift store the other week.
It’s been so long since I’ve been out painting that I couldn’t wait to jump in! I was poking around on Pinterest (which I’m just starting) for some inspiration and came across this fantastic Robin’s Egg Blue hutch that The Nester did for her living room.
I was further “egged on” (pun intended) by my loyal Facebook peeps, and I got to crackin’ mixing up a custom Robin’s Egg paint brew in my workshop. (Mine might be a smidge greener than Miss Nester’s, but I’m pretty happy with the result!)
I decided to keep the original hardware on the bottom of the armoire. I thought it gave it some weight and I liked the faux keyholes (keyhole hardware is so big right now.)
But I switched out the big handle pulls on the top of the piece in favor of some daintier knocker pulls that I had in my stash. The hardware got a coat of my favorite bright and shiny metallic paint, Rustoleum’s Bright Coat in Chrome. (I haven’t quite decided if I want to leave them bright silver or give them an antiquing glaze to make them look more like pewter. What do you think?)
On a very exciting side note, I picked up a fabulous Federal style Secretary on Saturday from a young guy who was cleaning out his late mother’s estate. He advertised it on Craigslist as a “Curio Cabinet” for $40 and I just about died when I saw the picture!
It’s in really good condition. It actually still has the top finial (in between the pediment on top) that just needs a dollop of wood glue to reattach. It also still has the really awesome skeleton key for the locks!! I decided I’m going to try and sell it as is before I do anything to it, because this is a real antique. So I started doing a little research online, and I found this very similar one (probably a little better condition)…
listed for $1300 on Ebay!! So I’m going to contact a few antique dealers in town this week to come and check mine out! So glad I didn’t slap any paint on her yet!! Wish me luck. I feel like I’m on Antique Roadshow. ;)