Matching An Inspiration Piece

Mixing It Up With CeCe Caldwell's PaintsWOW…how exciting to have a client that just continues to challenge me with new and innovative ideas.  This week Kim gave me the task of painting this Henredon Fine Furnishings dresser.  Extremely well made right here in the USA.  I was laughing with her the other day because I have now made an Inspiration File on my computer just for her.  She emails me photos of beautiful pieces she finds almost daily to use for current items we have or for future items she hopes to have.  It’s AWESOME!!!Henredon Dresser Makeover Before (2)Here’s the before photo.  I purchased the  matching highboy and two nightstands.  The highboy has already been pre-sold.  I’ll be working on that later this week. InspirationAnd here is the inspiration for this makeover.  How did I do??? Henredon Dresser Makeover (20)Lucky for me, I had Jen at Furniture Affair who is an expert at mixing colors to acquire just what I needed.  Sorry to say, there is NO recipe.  She believes in a little bit of this and a little bit of that and whole lot of something else.  Haha!  I can tell you that to make up this “squash” color, as my husband calls it, Jen used CeCe Caldwell’s Paints; California Gold, Cinco Bayou Moss, Kissimmee Orange and when I got home I added a little California Gold that I had previous mixed with some Virginia Chestnut.  Whew!!!  I know, it’s sounds like alot of trouble but it was actually kinda fun and we used just teaspoons of paint.  I ended up with approx. 3/4 c. mixture which was more than enough for the entire piece. Henredon Dresser Makeover (18)The base coat for the top was Vintage White and the top coat, Vermont Slate.  I distressed with a damp cloth, first wiping one direction and then wiping the other direction to sort of make a crisscross pattern.   I LOVE the way it turned out.  You’ll be seeing more of this!Henredon Dresser Makeover (16)For the center drawers, I again used a mixture of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints to make a duck egg blue color.  This one I have the recipe for…if you would like it, let me know.Henredon Dresser Makeover (11)In the inspiration photo, I could see a little white here and there so I did just few strokes of dry brushing with Vintage White before waxing. Henredon Dresser Makeover (6)I didn’t cheat on this piece.  Normally I just mix some clear and dark wax together and go to town but for this job, I did a complete coat of clear wax first.  Then, I went back and used aging cream in all the creases and all over the “squash” colored areas to darken it up. Henredon Dresser Makeover (19)So, there you have it!  Kim is going to stop by tomorrow to take a look.  Will she LOVE it?  Her shoppe was flooded last night by the rain so I get to enjoy this piece and several others for another week before they can all be delivered.  All of her treasures are safe but many other vendors lost everything.  I feel so sad for them.  Hopefully they will be able to recover quickly and get back to business.

Until next time…

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  1. What a piece of art!! I am so anxious to try something similar on something in my stash. I need to have Jennifer do my color mixing. I so hope you will link this up with me this Thursday! Great work. -K

  2. Great job, Judy. You are one talented lady!!

  3. Those two colors work very well together.

    • Thanks Jamie…it was really fun creating a new color. My client loves it so much she wants me to paint more pieces using it! 🙂 Blessings ~ Judy

  4. Maureen says:

    What a difference! Beautiful!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing with us today at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. –

  5. A lovely piece. Your colors are perfect! Thank you for sharing at the hop. I featured you on facebook! xo

    • Oh, thank you so much Katherine!!! It was a challenging but fun piece to makeover. Always learning new things!!! 🙂

  6. This turned out lovely. I love the new softness of the piece, very nice. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You have a wonderful blog and I’m your newest Bloglovin follower.

    • Ahh…thank you so much for all your sweet compliments! So glad you are now following along! Have a fabulous weekend!! HUGS ~ Judy

  7. I featured your makeover at Katherines Corner today xo


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