Here's the original yellow color finish with the green faux marble columns. Definitely the 60's!
So now for the transformation.
Laurell came over and we removed the columns and all the metal findings.
She took those home to paint them the perfect old antiqued gold.
Next she sanded the piece. Yes, I realize Annie Sloan says you don't have to sand. But Laurell
believes you do! Then 2 coats of Paris Grey was applied. It took 2 quarts of paint for this piece.
After drying, a coat of light wax was applied. She let it dry overnight. She says that makes the darker wax adhere better and not get a sticky finish. The third day, she applied a dark wax over the entire piece and obtained that aged look! We re-applied the metal findings and columns.
Finally she hand buffed the entire cabinet! and Voila- this is the result!
The Paris Grey Armoir- so much additional storage for china and glasses.
Close up of the new gold columns and hardware.
Laurell is so talented. I have been lucky to work with her for the past 17 years.
The following are some of my favorite pictures of her unbelievable talent at transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary!
We designed and built this armoir for a client's kitchen. Laurell painted the cabinet and made the aged mirror menu in the recessed buffet.
She aged the mirror and reverse stenciled the menu on the back.
A beautiful luster stone ceiling in a historic Lake Forest home.
my ceiling in my dining alcove in the kitchen
The soft pink luster stone walls with the raised gold stencil in our store.
Dramatic black venetian plaster in a master bath.
Custom cut and painted valence for a clients kitchen eating alcove.
Custom painted and monogrammed kitchen island.
Blue painted walls with a backdrop technique
Our walls at the Infant Welfare Showcase house
Painted black and white wood floors for another client's daughters room!
I could go on and on about Laurell's talent. She's immensely talented and has such a positive fun
outlook on life. I am so lucky to have her on my team these past 17 years. If you live in the
Chicagoland area and are interested in obtaining her painting services, you can email her at
LaFaux@yahoo.com for more information.
Thanks, Laurell! I love love love my armoir!