How to Paint and Shade with Pure and Original Classico Paint!

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Meet Mr Eastlake

He is absolutely solid wood! ...and just look at that lovely old mirror and the glove boxes!  The only flaw is the broken pull,.. but surely we can remedy that right?
With the recent passing of my father I felt the need to dive into a project and just paint.  Not to meet someones specifications,.. and truth be told I didnt want anyones input or opinion. I just needed Art Therapy.  Of course tho,.. I hoped SOMEone would like it enough to buy it,..

Enter the Weapons of Choice...


1st things 1st,... gotta take it all apart.  I removed the drawers, set them aside and yep-I disassembled the mirror and carefully sat aside the glass and backing. ...I know scary...   but I promise this truly helps a much more professional outcome.   No paint squished between the inside of the mirror and the glass,.. Nor a reflection of the inside of the frame with inconsistent coloring.  Once it was all taken apart I cleaned everything thoroughly with Simple Green.  I love Simple Green because it gets the job done but isnt so harsh on me and,..well,.. my respiratory system.

I wasnt terribly worried about the finish being broken down.  Father Time had done that job! Once everything dried I sprayed at all down with Shellac-3 coats!  The next day I painted,.. the base coat would be a thin-nearly dry brushed Majestic Cloth.  Strategically leaving wood exposed in areas I felt would be high use and subject to natural wear,.. By the time I did an entire once over the first area was dry enough that I was able to continue with the second coat.  Time to really enjoy myself.  And I needed it,.. Sometimes there is no better therapy.  And sometimes I think... what difference does art make?  But then I see Gods incredible creation and realize, He values it too.  Why else would the skies be blue,.and orange and pink and purple at times,..  and Toucans fly in a colorful whirl,.. or flowers not be just GREY?  Its because He enjoys beauty just as we do. And yall, I poured into this one.  I apologize for the lack of progress photos.  There were no tunes playing.  No shows I wanted to binge watch.  I just wanted to paint.  The day after painting I topped everything in Polyvines Hard Wearing Varnish and another day later I waxed in CeCe Caldwells Wax.   (cause yes I love the feel too!)  Let me know your thoughts on the outcome.  I know-out of the box!
I glided over it,.. just playing and blending then hitting it with a knife and the Frozen Water,.. removing some as I saw fit... 
Why fix the keyholes?  They have a story to tell too,.. lots of use in this dressers past,.. I just played with them.
I love how using Pure & Original allows me to use such a thin layer of paint and let the wood grain come through so prominently while still getting nice deep coloring,..
Of course the perfect back drop of Pure & Original Wild Garlic in their Fresco Lime paint,.. 
 
 That mirror... I loved the wavy warbly look,.. so old,.. who knows the eyes that have peered into it before now,.. 
This piece went on to the floor at the Vintage Market Days of Charleston SC, and sold 24 hours later.  I am so grateful.  And Humbled.  I feel that this is just the beginning to a whole new season.  I was grateful to walk up on the buyers just as they were admiring the piece and discussing purchase.   I hope to see how it looks in its new home.  Ill be sure to update you if I do,.. So much has happened in the past month! I have been rather self absorbed so Im REALLY excited to take a look into the lives of some of my FAVORITE Bloggy Artist Chics!  Follow along with me,.. till next time though-thank you SO much for checking out That Sweet Tea Life.  Your support is life altering to me.  Sending you my love,.. 











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18 comments

  1. Since I don't have the experince you have in painting, I have to ask why do you shellac- 3 coats before painting, and what shellac do you buy?. This dresser looks really amazing, congratulations!! Fabiola

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    1. Hey Fab! I like to really seal the wood especially if the finish is broken for any reason. This prevents any oils or dyes from the wood coming out and bleeding into the paint causing discoloration!

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  2. This turned out fabulous. I love how the furniture tells a story and you left it so the past showed through.

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    1. Thank you so much Debra! That was definitely the intent.. <3

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  3. Thea, oh my the color blending on this piece is magnifique, its been a while since I used Pure and Original... I forgot how much I loved it! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Furniture Fix!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's my pleasure!! Hope you get your own Pure and Original Fix soon

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  4. Thea that turned out beautifully!!! I love the colour and the depth with the multicolour. Thanks so much for linking it up at the Inspiration Galore Project party this week <3

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    1. My pleasure Lisa!! Thank you for checking it out and for hosting! <3

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  5. Hi Thea...
    Your fabulous dresser will be feature at http://www.fabifabu.com/2017/04/16/inspiration-galore-project-party. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Love that color! Thanks for sharing at To Grandmas House We Go!

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    1. Thanks! Its my pleasure! Thank you for hosting!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your Father. The piece turned out beautifully and I love the colour

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    1. I appreciate that. Today would be his birthday. <3 Thank you

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  8. I am totally in love! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party - I'll be featuring you tomorrow morning when the next party goes live!

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    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much!! I hope you tag me on facebook if you share there so I can be sure to share your post! :-)

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