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Bella Blue

She was headed to the trash but a quick rescue and she is beautiful.

I knew the moment she was unloaded that she was worth saving. After all, I think she has survived for well over one hundred years. Surely we could give her a few more with a little face lift.

This is her before.

Before Full Frontal View with Mirror                     Before Side View

She is made of solid oak constructed in stiles and panels. The drawers were trash and the fronts were worn but not impossible to repair. Someone had made previous repairs with a quick fix of nails straight through the front of the drawers. Not pretty.

But just think of the possibilities. She has a beautiful little rectangular mirror that is still largely clear and reflective. Most of her panels are intact even if they are cracked here and there.

Broken Down Drawers       Bad Repair to Drawer Fronts

And so on to the repairs.

She is fitted with brand new custom made drawers constructed of one half inch plywood and reattached to the original drawer fronts.  I feel much better knowing that the interior of the drawers are fresh and clean.

Brand New Drawers

In order to get all the color that I wanted, she gets a coat of an Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint.

A clear coat to create a crackle effect is next. Once the crackle medium is dry, she is coated with Annie Sloan Pure White and a blend of Annie Sloan Pure White with a little Napoleonic Blue mixed together.

I wanted the blue to be really washed out and pale. A very subtle effect.

French Linen Gray Undercoat    First Coat of Crackle Paint    Crackle with French Linen Undercoat

This is the inspiration fabric from the room where she will rest. And the final touch of blue paint to her original wooden knobs.

Inspiration Fabric

Have a look at her final look in this gallery.  Click on a photo to enlarge and scroll through her pics.  She is a pastel beauty!