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Get Inspired: See how I radically transformed this boring commode…

Everyone has their favorite piece of furniture. Yours might be a buffet, a patio set or even a vanity. Mine is a classic French commode.

Not sure what I’m talking about?

A commode is a simple chest of drawers. But in typical French style – something simple becomes something incredibly detailed and unbelievably adorned. I love French Commodes for their stunning carvings, history and function – beautiful & practical – hello!

On one of my recent antiquing hunts, I came across this beauty in the making and knew I had to have it:

I was still in love with it even after seeing this hideous top:

If you’ve taken one of my workshops, you’ve learned how to see the potential in this piece that most people can’t.

Still skeptical that I could transform this piece into something beautiful?

Let me walk you through the transformation so you can see for yourself exactly how I transformed this ugly find into a designer masterpiece.

To start, I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and make a custom blend of two of my favorite colors: I mixed ½ French Gray and ½ Jardin Green. I used this custom color to paint over the chest of drawers. But keep in mind, you can get equally stunning results with just one color, too!

French gray

Jardin Green

I left the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Then, I decided I wanted to create a wow factor. Although it might sound intimidating, I assure you it was very easy. I simply added a few drops of Champagne Yellow to Chantilly White to create a beautiful pale, pale yellow. I used this gorgeous custom color to paint over the commode’s stunning details.

Once the paint dried, I went back over the piece with my clear sealer for Chalk Finish Paint, Amitha Verma Protect Sealer.

I let that dry for 20 minutes and then went on to add a bit of my antiquing glazes, in both Gray & Brown.

Are you ready to see the “after” shot? (if you already scrolled down, scroll back up now and see how you can quickly & easily re-create this same look)

And now for the big reveal…

Now I want to hear from you:

What new and exciting projects are you working on?

Leave a comment and let us know. And don’t forget to send us your amazing before & after images! We love getting them so much that we huddle around the computer and ohh and ahh over your projects!

Do you know someone who’s hoping to make some progress in their home? We’d be honored if you posted this blog on your FB page and shared it with 2 friends today!

Till next week – make your home special with your design gifts – you’ve got them in you!



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