Water washed gray armoire: boho whimsy to neutral chic

by | Sep 13, 2019

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Welcome to my most unnerving projects to date! My newest transformation into this water washed gray armoire!

The first painting phase of this glorious armoire was vastly different from this final phase.  The first phase was colorful and wild and a little chaotic. It was created within a closed FB group that I hold near and dear to my heart….and the memory of that process is mine forever.  

After months of being “on the market”…..it became evident to me that I was going to either have to literally give it away or spend some time recreating it to appease the masses…..and make it more marketable.  

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That was a tough call.  Not only had I invested over 20 hours into the original design finish…but I’d used a ton of product….and then there was my PRIDE!  I’ll admit it….it is not the best feeling to have people not recognize the value in your finished art and be excited about it.  BUT….. there is growth in adapting.  And I enjoy ALL painting…..so after swallowing the jagged pill of rejection (just kidding…but not really)…..I knew the RE-painting process would undoubtedly still bring me joy! 

I chose to openly admit to my social media following….that I was planning to repaint…AND to take them along with me.  Many were surprised…many were sad….many were screaming NO!  Well….hello….!  That first swipe of paint is going down now….so speak now or forever hold your PIECE (see what I did there)!

Let me share the photo documentary with you here…

Before …. See more of this Boho Gypsy Whismy look HERE!

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One solid coat of Dixie Belle’s NEW French Linen

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Color washing with the addition of Gravel Road and the NEW Antebellum Blue.

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The addition of the NEW Dixie Belle metallic paint Steel Magnolia on the carvings

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Metallics added to the right door but not yet to the left door

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Adding Dixie Dirt and Dark Wax for shading and depth

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See how I do this highlight & shade with this short tutorial video HERE…

Addition of the raised stencil technique on the side panels

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And the final finish!

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I really do love this new look!  It has an organic and naturally subtle beauty!  

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See how I created this blended look with this short tutorial video HERE…

I very much enjoyed creating her on LIVE video with my Whimsical Wednesday crowd…..and I am thankful for their input and direction on the design.

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I feel ZERO regret in repainting it…..and I believe this was a great opportunity to show a contrast of style from a single piece! Just take a look at the difference between all three looks! It’s remarkable what a little paint can do.

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Now let’s get this baby sold and move onto the next Whimsical Wednesday project!  

I hope to see you there!

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9 Comments

  1. Sande Greene

    To me, you painted the true soul of the piece originally. Then you added a subtly beautiful, elegant personality on top.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Yes! Thank you Sande for such a sweet and thoughtful comment.

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  2. Deb Stewart

    I followed you re-imagining this piece & it is spectacular! As much as I liked it whimsical & fun, I believe this piece showed your true painting & design skills more than ever.
    I learned so much about the blending process because of you!
    This piece truly is museum quality & you should be so proud of all your creativity… It is a masterpiece & I feel so honored to have been able to follow this journey. Congrats on a stunning piece! It has beautiful personality!

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  3. Katherine Reardon

    I love the new design. Elegant and sophisticated. So much better than the first design.

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  4. Tracy King

    It must have been hard to paint over all that hard and gorgeous work! I love both looks myself which is probably why I can never decide on things ha ha. Great job both times!

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  5. Lindsay

    Not sure how I missed this post when it was first done. I saw the original piece but never this one. Both are beautiful! What stencil did you use for the raised design on the side??? I saw the paint products but not the name of the stencil. It’s gorgeous. Would love to try it on a small cabinet I am refinishing.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Lindsay! Not sure how you missed it either… LOL Are you on my mailing list? If not, you can join here. I send out a weekly newsletter with all my recent projects. The stencil I used for this project was called Imperial Damask by ReDesign with Prima.

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  6. Denorah Burk

    OMG!! Thank you for sharing this story Tracey, the hours you must have put into painting that original design….well, I can’t count that high. You nailed it though, deciding to suck it up and redo a piece because it’s not selling (your baby must be ugly- right? even tho it certainly was NOT) takes huge fortitude. And I love the fact you acknowledge it’s value as a learning experience. I am currently facing a similar situation although it pales in comparison to the magnitude of yours. Great job. Both of them?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thanks for your kind words and your support!

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