Monday, June 30, 2014

Inspiration for my Gustavian-esque Desque...

Halse Chest of Drawers on The gently distressed painted gray finish, the antiqued hardware, the fluted legs, and the ornate carved detailing give this two-drawer chest a Gustavian elegance.

One possible paint finish inspiration - via One King's Lane

My desk is a 1973 Sligh piece - solid wood and heavy. 

It has been sitting in my living room pretty much as I found it for several weeks now. 

I cleaned the grimy top using my girl-tools and things I had around the house. 

Next I moved on to the drawers. First up, it will receive a good washing.

The hardware is beautiful - and it will stay. 

But the dirt will have to go.  

Not that there is no dirt in my house, but it's my dirt. :)

After that...homemade plaster paint.

I am using various shades of warm gray, whites and blue gray. I plan to highlight the pretty architecture with white, like in the inspiration photo at the beginning of this post. 

I found a few sites with lovely furniture examples...Loi Thai's Tone on Tone and Georgia Lacey Antiques.

I have also created a Pinterest board, if anyone is interested in this furniture style.

My April 1973 piece has a few issues - marker and crayon along with with 31 years of grime. 

Missing trim on the center drawer. I plan to remove it. It is a center drawer, and I don't think it will be terribly missed.

This lovely piece has no molding...

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In spite of its problems, my desk has lovely details; did I mention the hardware...?

Pretty lines...gotta have pretty lines...and lots of opportunity for highlighting the architecture.

Not such a stretch in style from this lovely piece...


Painting is now in progress...finally. Next weekend is a long one...and I just added a couple of Jane Austen movies to my Netflix queue...

Refreshment is imminent.

Word for the Day:
Philemon 1:20
Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

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Pura Vida said...

can't wait to see..your dresser is amazing

Woodside Park said...

Thanks so much, Revi! I'm honored and look forward to seeing the transformation. Have a fabulous and festive 4th! Cheers, L

Rhonda said...

I pinned this piece in hopes of recreating the finish as well! I can't wait to see yours when it's finished!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your desk is going to look gorgeous when it's done. I love the inspiration photos you've shown us today!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

It's going to be beautiful! And that is some pretty hardware. Me and my girls love Jane Austen movies. Have fun!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

The excitement is killing me!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Love the wonderful inspiration photos...looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

My thrift store addiction said...

Your inspiration piece is stunning--can't wait to see your finished results! Hugs, Cecilia

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

That's going to be so pretty! I can't wait to see it...
enjoy the movies!

farmhouse-story said...

can't wait to see the beauty when your done with it, revi! enjoy those movies:)

Audrey said...

Revi ... I know it will look great when you get finished with it. You have a handsome inspiration piece. Good luck with getting it finished this weekend.
Happy 4th.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Ivy and Elephants said...

I just know the piece will be amazing, such beautiful lines and details. Gorgeous, can't wait to see!