Bonjour Mes Amis!
Last week I shared with you the little chest that I was about to transform for DecoArt.
Well, after much blood, sweat, and tears, I am now ready to share it with you!
Ok, I may have lied about the blood part, but it truly was a labor of love!
Are you ready to see the "after"?
Voila! Here she is!
And if you forgot what the "before" was like, here she is.........
I am so happy with the end result, all of the work was worth it, I think!
And after so many hours, I decided to keep this puppy for myself!
One of the reasons it took me so long was first, I had to come up with a plan.
DecoArt challenged us to use at least 8-10 colors. That is indeed a challenge for me!
And the project was supposed to involve textures and/or faux painting.
So I spent a great deal of time just plotting and planning. Often if I just look at a piece for awhile, inspiration will eventually hit.
Since you know how I love all things French, I thought it was fitting that I give this little keepsake chest a makeover with a French Twist!!
I love mixing paint colors, to create truly one of a kind looks. That is how I came up with this pretty blue that I painted the spindle legs.
Plenty of distressing, followed by dry brushing several different colors, gives instant aging and dimension.
Ok, I skipped ahead of myself a bit.
Here is the chest (I took the lid off while painting), before I dry brushed the legs, but after I painted the chest portion in my favorite creamy "Lace" chalk paint. I painted the inside a few shades darker.
Another reason why this was such a lengthy project and labor of love was I tried out a new to me product by DecoArt, called "Dimensional Effects". It is a water based dimensional paste which can be used with stencils to create neat raised effects. I found it quite tricky to work with initially. After plenty of trial and error, I think I finally got the hang of it! I used it to add fleur de lis to both sides of the chest.
Because what could be more French than the fleur de lis?
Here I am applying it with a putty knife.
You can mix paint with it before applying, or let dry and then paint.
I chose the latter, as I wanted to paint the raised designs several different colors.
You can apply several layers, to build up even more of your design.
I wasn't happy with how it was turning out, so I ended up adding another coat to fleur de lis that you see below.
I also used the paste to the swirl motif on the lid.
As a fun surprise, I decided to decoupage pages from a vintage French book to the inside of the chest.
I think the chest would be perfect for holding treasures and mementos.
Oooh, la, la!
Below you can see some of the raised detailing I did along the front of chest.
I also used a pearly paint as a finish over the raised designs.
Love the subtle iridescent look it gives (which unfortunately you can't see in my photos).
I am so happy with the transformation, and I think my little chest is loving it, too!
Here is one last look!