Sunday, September 4, 2011

Annie Sloan Makeover...Finally! Boiserie Style Armoire

Craigslist Armoire Before...
I wanted something more Axel Vervoordt-y.

Inspiration ...From Pamela Pierce...

After...It doesn't look this shiny in "real life"!
Now I need to reupholster those chairs! The walls are going to be painted in a week!

I finally broke down and purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I would not recommend painting the largest thing you own as a first attempt but I'm a doer (translation: I am impetuous).  My husband is the thinker and he was at work.  Good thing too, or he would have tried to talk sense into me!
I bought this armoire on Craigslist a while back.  It comes apart for easy transport.  I am guessing it is from the 1920's or so...
I love the look of boiserie panels in old French chateaus and I wanted to mimic the look.
Two coats of Paris Grey followed by a coat of clear wax, then sanding the buhjeesus out of it. I also used a metal spatula to scrape away paint here and there.  It looked way too pale and I was afraid I was not going to like it! After that I applied the dark wax, immediately wiped it off with a clean t-shirt and followed that with clear wax.  Parts came out a bit darker than I wanted so I mixed some Paris Grey with clear wax and wiped it on over the dark spots. The whole job took about four hours.

What do you think?

I am participating in Shades of Amber, Annie Sloan Paint Linky,  Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday , Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday and Molly Susan Strong for Market Monday!


  1. It made a statement before, now it is stunning.

  2. HI Andi! Oh, what a lovely piece and you've done a great job on it too. I've still not purchased any chalk paint. That is a pretty color too.
    Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Wow, it's spectacular!! It looks like a gorgeous antique French piece! Well done!

  4. I like it! I am getting ready to try out that paint on some bedroom furniture, and I like the way yours looks.

  5. Oh yeds yes and yes. Great transformation! Will you come share at Market Monday? Love to show this baby off!

  6. Wowsers! It's gorgeous! I haven't tried that paint yet...just having a hard time making myself paint wood. But yours turned out fabulous! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  7. Looks FANTASTIC!!! I hope to do my ugly cupboards with Annie's paint also. I LOVE Paris Grey! I've used it on several things and it always looks nice! :) I love the Provence also. Just posted a project in that color. That piece is really unique: love it!!! :)

  8. Definitely Vervoordt-y! You are the queen of furniture makeovers. If you ever fancy a visit to South Africa.... x Sharon

  9. What an amazing change. Absolutely beautiful, Andi!

  10. Andie your armoire looks wonderful I can't believe you just dove in and painted the huge thing, congratulations I think it look amazing!

  11. What a transformation! It looks French.
    P.S. The sailboat cupcakes are all long gone, have to make some more next time for shipping to the us :-). Thank you for the birthday wishes for Grzegorz.

  12. I LOVE IT OMG!!!!! I just love this paint colour and finish so old Paris and Swedish in one. What a bargain you got this for!!
    I heard this paint is so expensive but it seems to be worth it!
    Great job Andie!


  13. You can create your own chalk paint by buying a bag of plaster of paris and mixing it into regular latex paint, the more you use the thicker it is, so add a little and try it out. Works great and doesn't cost like that other stuff. The piece is nice and what a bargin price. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  14. Ditto on Sharon's comment to visit Afrique du Sud....we will have loads of fun!

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  16. Ohh yes! Very Vervoordty! Love its new look!

  17. Great job...the piece looks great!
    Angela and Renee

  18. Ah, the Craig's List Queen has struck again! *winks* Love the transformation, you did good... but then you always do my Friend! What an inspiration...

    Hugs from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  19. Where did you find Sloan paint in the Chicago area? I'm having a hard time finding a vendor. When I was at the Rose Bowl Flea Market this summer, a dealer was selling it there - I was sooooo tempted to bring it back to La Grange with me. But then it would have added pounds to already overloaded luggage and I couldn't imagine explaining it to either my husband if it spilled or TSA. So - sources appreciated!

    Love the new look on the armoire!

    cris dot shepard at sbcglobal dot net

  20. Stunning! Stunner and stunned! That's is one awesome makeover. Go Big or Go home ! I'm glad you decided to go big :)

  21. What a beautiful piece before and after it turned out STUNNING!! You're one talented lady Andy, my goodness girl, you did such an amazing job, it looks French, circa 1900's!! Thanks for coming by and for your very generous comments...yeah, family is always our most valuable treasure my dear! Have a great weekend and lots of hugs.

  22. Andi I adore it!! Perfection, from the piece itself; to the color Paris Grey! I think I will buy it...... I have a drop leaf desk in mind!

    Come and join my Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!!


    Art by Karena

  23. Your pieces are so beautiful!!!! I bought some Paris Grey Chalk Paint this week to use on an old oak coffee table and some other flea market finds. Your armoire and buffet are gorgeous!!!!

    ~ Violet

  24. Oh my goodness I ADORE it!!!
    Girl you are making me want to paint
    today and I really need to sew :)
    You did a beautiful job!


  25. Love the tranformation! The piece is gorgeous in the new paint color.

  26. Dang, I'm impressed! This would have taken me a week - and this was your first time w/ chalk paint! Awesome!! I have a big ole' can of Paris Grey just sitting on the shelf. I keep trying to use it but I'm so NOT a gray type person. Guess I'll have to put on my big girl panties and try it 'cause I do LOVE the look after the dark wax is added. GREAT JOB!!

  27. This looks so lovely! I havent tried a large piece yet but would love to! I like how you bring together all your inspiration pics too!

    Hmm must go off and try for myself now!.......

  28. Ohhhh, it's really beautiful....!!! Julia
    La Silla Chic


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