This has led to some big decisions. Over at Sweet Melanie she is a girl with a paint brush. It takes some courage to paint some things as at first you don't know how it's going to turn out. And once you start the light things look so much better there is no stopping.
Years ago I came by this gorgeous french cupboard. I love it. But it was in dark brown. It took a little while to build the courage to paint it. I wish I had before photos.... think almost black brown.
As I started the light paint brought out all the carved details much more... it was like it was coming to life!
It took several coats of paint. I used plain old ceiling white. After I finished the paint began to slightly finely crack giving it an eggshell patina. EVERYONE asks me how I did that. The answer is complete lack of surface preparation. Since this success I never sand, strip or anything before I paint. You get amazing aged effects this way.
It is by far my best piece of furniture. Painting it made it so much better for my decor. I love it. And since have had the confidence to paint anything.