Vintage Lane Chest

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I guess I just can’t help it. Call me ridiculous, soppy, or just plain silly, but I got so excited this week when Ellen, one of my fellow bloggers, wrote a post about their visit to Violet Hill B&B in historic Natchitoches, LA.  I’m sad that we didn’t get to meet and talk but maybe next time. Please visit her blog and say hi maybe you will vicariously enjoy her vacation. 🙂

This week my two nieces will be visiting while they are on vacation from school. Lots of cards and games will be played at the kitchen table. Good times.

While visiting Tres Bien Antiques I was asked to see what I could do to make this Lane Chest look a little better. I loved the lines of it and it is a very solid, nice chest. It had only had about six paint makeovers, one thick layer over another thick layer six times.

Lane Chest before painting

No, the putty knife is not defying gravity, I have the chest lying on its back. 🙂 Unfortunately, the last coat was flaking and on the legs all the layers of paint was pealing off down to the bare wood. I thought it was going to be relatively easy to take care of. I tested for lead then got to work. I thought that after I sanded down the flaking paint I could start painting. WRONG.

Lane Chest sanded top

The plan was to only take off the flaking paint and then add Annie Sloan. However, the white paint then decided it didn’t want to be under the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint either. It literally started pealing off in sheets.

Lane Chest pealing paint on side

We all know that ASCP will adhere to anything, but I did not want to make it pretty just to have the already-pealing paint underneath to take my finish off. So I removed any and all paint that was intimidated by ASCP and wanted to leave. I got my inspiration from Shauna West.

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Annie Sloan Coco was the color for this chest, however, I had forgotten how much I had already used so I added one part Pure White. I then painted the drawers Pure White and added dark wax all over. Please don’t judge my pooooooor, poooooor, poooooor picture compared to Shauna West’s Perfectly Perfect picture. 🙂

Finished Lane Chest

I changed out the old pulls with chunky wooden ones that I painted. So what do ya think? I think it looks pretty darn good.

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Say Yes to Custom Painting!

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The other weekend I had a phone call from a couple that had visited Tres Bien Antiques and loved my work but they had just been given a bedroom suit and wanted to know if I did custom paint work. Of course, I said “YES” and as they say “the rest is history”. When we met, we looked at each other and said “I know you”.  As it turns out over the years their family have been clients of our family business and I had been a client of their’s as well. It is a small world.

The bedroom was painted a pretty color so they chose Annie Sloan’s Old White for the furniture. Here is a picture of it before.

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They have great lines and great potential but they do need a face lift to fit into their beautiful new  home.  I was so happy with how they turned out and thankfully my client was equally pleased. Here is the after.






I stripped and stained the tops of the chest and vanity and used my usual MINWAX dark walnut stain. The stain/paint contrast is so pretty to me. The details look so nice with the distressing to highlight them. The bed turned out so nice as did the chest and vanity.

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Dresser turned Vanity

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This is a busy time for historic Natchitoches, LA because of  the annual Fall Pilgrimage Tour of Homes that includes locals dressing in attire of that time period. Natchitoches was settled in 1714 and has some beautiful homes from the early 1800’s.  From now until the first of the year there will be people from all over the world visiting this quaint little town.

I am so excited about my post this week. My brother and I are working with a client that asked me to find a piece to be turned into a vanity for her upstairs bathroom. The requirements were that it could not be more than 33″ tall and it needed to be at least 60″ long. I found several beautiful pieces, but unless you wanted the vessel sink to be chin level they wouldn’t work.

I found a beautiful dresser that met all the needed requirements. I was going to have all my ducks in a row on this post and have my pictures taken but the ducks had other plans. So I have joined the ranks of EVERYONE else whose ducks won’t cooperate. My first picture is after I had taken the drawers out and was ready to start stripping the top.

The dresser came with glass that had been cut to fit its curvy curves so the top was in very good condition. I was able to sand it without having to strip it. I then stained it with MINWAX™ dark walnut.  MINWAX™ is the only stain we have used for decades in our business of refinishing hardwood floors.  We modified the center drawers creating fake fronts to accommodate the plumbing. The center inside was now open for the plumbing. I left the top to be cut by the plumber as he would have the template for the vessel sink.

The choice of color was Old White with dark wax. I thinned the dark wax with Mineral Spirits before applying it and I loved the texture of it and it was very easy to work with.

I am very pleased that this will not  be the last time you see this beautiful vanity as our client has agreed to a reveal of her home when she has moved in. We will be showcasing her floors, kitchen, and both bathrooms.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to say “Hey ya’ll.” Why not check out our town of Natchitoches and plan a visit.

Update:  This dresser has been sold!

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