Every year starting in the spring our custom painting schedule starts to fill up with furniture that have one thing in common - they’re going to a beach house.
Painting beach house furniture is fun because for a lot of people, the beach house is less formal, more fun, and the decorating is a little more colorful.
However, you don’t need a house at the beach to love the coastal look. The casual feel is so comfortable that this style is at home just about anywhere.
A few weeks ago Rachel brought two large dressers and a nightstand to us to paint. The two dressers were going in different bedrooms and didn't need to match so Caroline worked with Rachel and together they came up with two very beautiful beachy looks.
Yesterday Paul and I delivered these pieces to their new home at the beach. As I looked at each piece one last time before leaving, I thought about how different the two looks are but how quintessentially coastal each one is.
This first look reminds me of my grandfather. A customer spotted this chest in the back of the store after it was painted and said, “my, isn’t he handsome.”
My grandfather’s career was spent in the US Navy. The photos around my grandmother’s house all pictured my grandfather in uniform. My favorite photo was one of my grandparents together at a special event. He was in his uniform and she was standing proudly beside him wearing an orchid corsage. Anytime my grandmother saw me looking at that photo, she’d smile and say, “your grandfather was so handsome.”
This dresser is tall and handsome and with its straight lines and polished appearance, it evokes the same distinguished appearance as my grandfather in his Navy uniform.
The process to create this look was pretty straightforward. The entire piece was painted in Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Then Caroline went back with a detail brush and applied Old White Chalk Paint® to outline the drawers.
If you look carefully you'll see that the top drawer looks like four small drawers, but it’s really just one large drawer, at first Caroline outlined the smaller ‘drawers’ in Old White but she and Paul both decided that it looked a little like the Greek flag. That's an easy fix - Caroline just painted over the Old White with a little Napoleonic Blue. Clear Chalk Paint® Wax was used to seal the dresser.
The second dresser has a curvy bow front reminiscent of ocean waves so a color wash in shades of blue and grey was the perfect finish.
Caroline painted the entire piece in Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint® then washed on beachy-blue Provence, followed by cool Paris Grey. Again, the piece was finished with Clear Wax.
The nightstand is in the same room as this dresser so it was done with the same color wash but with the addition of Paris Grey to lighten and brighten the deep open areas.
There you go…two completely different looks using coastal blues.
Paul has a thing for color.
We both do, really. But Paul rarely thinks in terms of whites and neutrals. When he sees a great piece of furniture, his gut almost always says, “put color on it.”
I’ve often written and spoken to people about how we purchase furniture that we like but we won’t do anything to it until one of us has a clear vision of what it should look like – or at least a clear vision of how it should start. As a result, some furniture gets painted right away and others sit for a while.
Sometimes a couple of years.
This week we finished a new piece and it’s generating a lot of questions…What paint color is that? How did you do the copper? What was it finished with?
So, in today’s post we’ll break it down for you and explain just how we created this look.
Just like the Paisley Piece, this buffet was something Paul and I have had for a very long time. In fact, when we purchased it, we didn’t have any immediate finishing plan (and it was too large to fit easily down the stairs into our studio space), so we decided to use it in our own dining room until we felt inspired.
We’ve owned this vintage vanity for quite some time.
We've had it in the store for a few months and while everything around it came and went, this vanity was still there.
Don’t get me wrong, it received a lot of love. Customers in the shop would look at it and love on it…but there it sat.
We sell on an upscale online shopping site and this vanity had an unprecedented number of followers…but there it sat.
I used to paint furniture as a hobby.
Now that I do it for a living, my new hobby is cocktails!
I don’t mean it in a passed-out-party-girl way. I mean that I genuinely have an interest in mixing cocktails – especially classic cocktails.
I like the research, and I like the history.
I’ve always enjoyed learning how the average person lived during various times in history and I think knowing what people were drinking, what was popular at the time, provides a little glimpse.