French Armoire in the Study
Many of you have asked about the pretty French armoire in the study.
She’s a pretty little thing in a nice petite size. When it arrived almost a year ago, I originally used it in the master bedroom.
But in the back of my mind, I knew that it was going to be the perfect piece to use in the study to hide my wireless printer and extra supplies.
Here’s a picture of it in the master bedroom.
Once the renovation was completed, we moved the armoire into the study and it fit perfectly, not only in the space, but also in style.
What didn’t work, however, was the color.
It was a very pretty verdigris green color, and while I liked this color, it just didn’t work in this room. So out came the paint!
My absolute favorite paint for achieving a frenchy European feel, is Pure & Original Classico paint.
They have such a gorgeous selection of true European colors, and for this makeover, I chose the colors Pebble Stone, Lagoon Water, Blue Stone, and Sea Salt.
The key to getting a finish with an authentic antique look, is to layer complimenting colors. This creates a depth that just can’t be achieved with a one coat color.
I started with my base color of Pebble Stone. This is such a pretty gray and pairs well with the other blues in the room.
This paint is so silky and it’s a dream to work with. I know I’ve told you this before, but it’s the texture of silky pudding.
Sometimes I like to add a little bit of “roughness” or “thickness” in areas to replicate century old layers of paint, and it’s really easy to do with P&O paint.
It has so much body that I can dab thick layers on and it will dry without dripping, leaving lots of wonderful texture.
I didn’t have to do it with this piece however, because it already had textured areas in the original finish.
After the base coat dried, I added highlights, using a dry brush technique, with the color Lagoon Water.
A dry bush technique is simply dipping your brush in the paint, wiping all of the excess off, and then very lightly highlighting the edges and raised areas.
This armoire had such pretty details, that I wanted to bring those out a bit more, so I used the color Sea Salt to go over them.
The door and side panels had gorgeous carved detail and I used Sea Salt in the recessed areas, as well as Blue Stone, which is one of my favorite blues.
It’s a wonderful gray blue.
This paint dries very quickly so I was able to paint this all in one day.
Adding glaze or a dark wax can really make a big difference in how much depth a piece has, and it can also age a piece very nicely, giving it that century old look.
I personally find dark wax to be difficult to work with. It’s really easy to get a project too dark, so I always antique a piece with my homemade glaze, which is simply acrylic artist’s paint in color burnt umber.
It’s water based so it’s easy to control how much or how little you add. If you get too much, just take a damp cloth and wipe it off.
I always dilute a small amount in a container, with just a tiny bit of water until it’s the consistency of milk. I also use a small 1” wide artist’s brush, and usually only add the glaze to the nooks, crannies, and details. Brush on, wipe back.
Use it anywhere that you want a little bit of aging.
After the glaze dried, I finished it with clear wax.
I used P&O’s new liquid wax. I have to tell you, I am obsessed with this wax, It is so easy to use, just brush it on or rub it on with a soft cloth. Let it dry (it dries quickly), and then buff with a soft cloth. It leaves a beautiful soft sheen.
With the Classico paints, it’s not necessary to finish with the wax, as it will dry to a soft matte finish. I just happen to love the soft sheen that a waxed finish gives.
As you can see, I didn’t paint the inside of the armoire. I rarely paint the insides or backs of pieces, unless they are going to be seen, and in this case, I will be the only one seeing it.
This pretty French armoire now fits in perfectly in the study.
My ugly printer and supplies can be hidden in french style!