The first furniture makeover of the year is here!
I love how this little vignette came together. Alone the gray chest of drawers is neutral. It is painted with 2 coats of MMSMP trophy with bonding agent. It is a warm gray lightened and sealed with white wax. It is also a little lighter because the base of this chest was ivory when it started.
This is a newer chest of drawers that was sporting a factory finish. It wasn’t bad, just uninspiring and of course I wanted to add milk paint.
I lightly distressed the edges of the drawers to reveal the ivory underneath.
It is just so fun with the addition of the garnet chair, lamp and other jewel tones proving the gray really is the go-to neutral right now.
Funny story about that wingback chair…we have an ongoing joke in my family about the furniture shuffle that occurs. We actually have dubbed it the Marston Shuffle. It’s not quite a hand-me-down or even a prized family heirloom but more of a shuffle of furniture from home to home. This chair has been shuffled 3 or 4 times now.
We started noticing this trend when we were buying our first and second homes respectively. One family would be moving or upgrading furniture and no longer need a chair/table/dresser, etc. while another was trying to outfit a particular space where chair/table/dresser, etc. would work. And the Marston Shuffle was born!
A piece can come back to the original owner if need-be, although I am pretty sure that hasn’t ever occurred. Not yet anyway. Bottom line, if it is sturdy and well-made, then there’s always someone there to scoop up a cast-off piece of furniture when one sibling is no longer interested. I suppose that is actually the definition of a hand-me-down though, isn’t it? Well, we prefer to shuffle furniture.
We all have some hoarding tendencies around here I guess. That lamp by the way was originally mine. Now it’s my mom’s. Exhibit B.
As for the fete of the chair, it is likely to end up with a light slip cover and maybe even some painted legs but I do love how the vintage, velvet garnet photographed here.
Do I dare say that it is close to Marsala, the color of the year?
At any rate, the trophy chest of drawers is now for sale at The West End Garage which is open Friday-Sunday in January. The chair though, that will never leave the shuffle!
Do you shuffle furniture around your family?