From Dark to Light

Another project that’s been on my “to do” list for over a year: paint entertainment center.  The time had come to cross it off the list, wouldn’t you agree?  There’s nothing like the pending arrival of a baby to light a little fire under your you-know-what to get it done.  And so I did.

It was built by my aunt’s father back in the early 1990s and I’d always admired it in their home.  My favorite part is the charming leaded glass windows.  He built a lot of furniture for them and he always included some piece of an antique that he’d found.  About 10 years ago, my aunt and uncle called to see if I wanted it, all I had to do was arrange moving it myself.  Needless to say, it made its way to my home within a week of that phone call and it’s been with me ever since.  The bones on it are in great shape, but it was beginning to show some serious wear and this giant brown monstrosity was too dark and heavy for the room.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Oh, I guess I do need to say something about it, don’t I?  It’s painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White, waxed in Minwax Paste Wax Natural, and then dry brushed in carefully chosen spots in ASCP Pure White.  I had to dry brush it at the end because I had a heavy hand with the sanding block and it looked a little too aged for my taste when it was all said and done.
Oh, and remind me to never paint another piece of furniture this large, with this many surfaces that require painting.  This. was. a. project!
Thank you for reading!

XOXO
Laura

Linking to:

Primp
At the Picket Fence
Miss Mustard Seed
Chic on a Shoestring
The Shabby Nest
Tatertots & Jello
Six Sisters Stuff
Funky Junk Interiors
Be Different Act Normal
Under the Table and Dreaming
Between Naps on the Porch
Primitive and Proper
Not Just a Housewife
Home Stories A to Z
Project Queen
Restore Interiors
Shades of Amber

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Comments

  1. Very nice! And I spy the angel wings next to it~ I love them next to the entertainment center! I think you should keep them… or sell them to me! :)

  2. Hopped on over from Primp’s party, I adore this entertainment center makeover. I have one that I have to redo this summer, you have inspired me :)

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  3. It looks so beautiful! You did a fantastic job transforming this piece and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday! :-)
    Vanessa

  4. I love this piece. It is so nice to have a family treasure like this. I also love the angel wings on the left. Did you make those? please share how.

  5. I just recently painted a large dresser too Laura and yes, they are big projects with lots of fiddly painting…. but so worth it. I love yours with its new shabby look. I’d like to invite you to share this post on Shabbilicious Friday ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/shabbilicious-friday-3.html

  6. I love this – beautiful job – I have done a couple of large pcs as well – aren’t they sooo worth it in the end?
    Your newest follower – would love for you to visit and follow back!!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  7. it looks gorgeous!!! lighten the space perfectly! and love the wings, too! :)

  8. Big projects are lots of work, but oh so worth it in the end. That is quite a transformation, beautiful job!

    If you get a minute, I would love to have you stop by and share at my weekly Chalk Paint link party.

    http://www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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