did you ever

Did you ever work on a project that you weren’t sure if you were going to love or not?  You know what I mean.  You’re chipping away, painting, gluing, sewing, (whatever your craft) and just wondering if the outcome is going to be worth it.  Or if you’ll have to scrap it and start all over.

Did you ever?

I did!  And I love it.

Maybe you already caught a glimpse of this ‘after’ on facebook or instagram.  Yes, I finally caught on to the 2012 trend of instagram as the year is closing.  Follow me @circadee!  Better late than never.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

I am glad I pushed through the “awkward” phases of this project because I love the unique outcome in the finish.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

So I started with a pair of French provincial Broyhill nightstands.  We picked up the entire matching bedroom set on Thanksgiving day and these are the first pieces I dove into.  I plan to break up the whole set.  I know, cringe, right?  Oh well.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

I painted the first coat of the exterior in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Florence.  I love this color and probably could have stopped there but decided not to.  I thought the result would be too high glam for what I was going for between the color and curves of the pieces.

french nightstand florence chalk paint

So I pushed forward with my plan.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

And mixed up some Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Typewriter.  This is normally a very true, soft black.  I applied 2 coats over Florence in most places and it absorbed into the chalk paint leaving some blue to peek through.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

The combination of the Typewriter/black milk paint over the Florence/teal chalk paint made a fabulous color that can be called eggplant or grey-ish or a combination of both.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

Maybe even blue-grey in some light. It is very unique.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

I painted the inside shelf in ASCP graphite which coordinates well with the exterior paint finish in an opaque kind of way.  By the way, I’m smitten with this tarnished silver compote full of spools…

vintage tarnished silver compote filled with spools

I finished both night stands (yes, there is a pair although not pictured together) with Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax which is hands down my favorite wax on the market now.  It is delish.  And there is free shipping on it now in my online shop for you DIYers.  Shameless plug, I know.

french nightstands with milk paint and florence chalk paint

In case you didn’t see on facebook, I cancelled the Miss Mustard Seed book signing that was scheduled for this Saturday at our Brick & Mortar.  With it being just 3 days prior to Christmas, there seemed to be many conflicts so we hope to reschedule in the new year.  I plan to make it up to you though with some in store sales this weekend!  And free shipping on Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint online through December 24th.  Yay!

Linking to Miss Mustard Seed

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