I found this chest of drawers at a summer sale sometime in June. It was a piece that was built by an older (my age!) man’s father. I am guessing the father was quite a meticulous person as everything seemed to line up and fit perfectly. I have to admire this kind of precision. Ordinarily, I would pass a piece like this because I tend to search for curvy lines or embellishments, but something in me admired the way it was solidly built, not to mention the sentiment of a man who seemed to get everything right. Actually, it was a piece my own dear father could have built. It also had great hardware.
This purchase was also around the same time that I received Annie Sloan’s newest color in my store, English Yellow. Now I have to admit, my personal color palette does not include this color. I just have never been a “yellow” kind of person. I think part of this is due to my more introverted nature. I never want to embrace a color that stands out too much for my wardrobe or my home. All that aside, I am also one to embrace a change and a new idea.
And, hey, who doesn’t turn their eye toward this luxuriant yellow? Saturated yellow with a saturated green, it doesn’t get any better than that.
So I embraced the new English Yellow and painted my new solidly built piece of furniture on a very, beastly hot day a few weeks later in July. A few weeks later I was off to France with my husband and then a week after that our three grandchildren arrived for three weeks to stay with us in Portland. The yellow piece languished waiting to be finished. I had originally intended to use one of Royal Designs Studio Stencils. In fact, I had slipped the stencil in one of the drawers. It was “Small Scrollallover”, a really great furniture stencil.
Last week one of my customers asked me how I intended to finish my English Yellow piece and I told her I was going to stencil it in Pure White. She suggested Graphite. I said, “What a great idea!” I painted the hardware in Graphite and added dark wax as well to these.
But yikes, I hate the color of my store!! Funny, but when we were doing all the work inside, I was so strung out on decisions and stress that I mistakenly decided to try and match the tiles that were already in place, the yellow being the more predominant color than it is in this photo. I know the color it should be, but getting the time to change it is a bit of a stretch. Anyone up for a painting party before the rain starts? I will swing for the wine!! I am thinking of a lighter version of Graphite!