Although I love all the pieces that I work on, this one was an amazing treat. You might remember the dresser and night table made by the same manufacturer that I sold last year? I have worked on some pretty amazing pieces but none as intricate and detailed as these beauties.
 
Up until I edited the photos, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to part with her. This one of a kind, bowed front sideboard was painted in MMS Artissimo. I painted her the same colour as her sister dresser a year ago. The combination of the wood and paint colour are perfection! Why mess with that?
 
Of course the milk paint did all the fun unpredictable stuff it always does. It’s so amazing to work with this type of paint once you get the hang of it. It really gives the piece an authentic vintage vibe.
 
And finally the pulls. As you may have noticed I almost always change out the original hardware on most projects but these beauties were made for this piece. I absolutely love them! I just cleaned them up, whitewashed and topcoated them. What a difference it made. Of course, with all the snow I had to take the compulsory winter shot of my Sorels. 🙂
 
Although I love doing this work and transformations like these are totally motivating, I secretly hope that one day, Sarah Richardson will discover one of my pieces and have to have it. If that were ever to happen, this would be the one. Spread the word! 😉
Dazzlingly ever after periwinkle Gibbard vanity!

Dazzlingly ever after periwinkle Gibbard vanity!

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a month now, but the craziness of life never subsides long enough! Whew! I’m taking a few minutes to reconnect with all of you and to tell you what I’ve been up to.

On October 10th, Perfect Imperfections turned one! I can hardly believe a whole year has passed since I started this business and I’m truly overwhelmed by how successful it has become. Every day I receive emails from people asking for advice, complimenting my work, or wondering what piece I might be tackling next. They also want to know if I’ll do custom work.

Up until now, I’ve refused custom work. I dreaded having to work on a piece that I wasn’t in love with or having to contend with fussy customers. For me, the pleasure of painting furniture is buying pieces that I love and then painting them any darn way I want. I recently decided to test the waters of custom work when I was contacted by a small business owner about refinishing a vanity to showcase some of her retail products. She sent me a photo of her solid walnut Gibbard vanity—it was gorgeous! After some back and forth on colour, I agreed to refinish the piece. Here’s her before picture! So much potential!

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The colour the customer wanted was periwinkle. Eek! I have a bad history with that colour! In the late ’90s, I painted my kitchen walls with a way too bright, pukey, and ugly shade of periwinkle, then added a matching wallpaper border…ugh! I was struggling to make ends meet and couldn’t afford to repaint or repaper, so I put up with it for two years. With this custom project, I was determined to finally get the shade right and overcome my periwinkle phobia.

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Here she is, beautiful as can be in periwinkle. The mirrors were taken out by the customer so I could easily paint the frames. The top was refinished in Minwax’s Walnut and Classic Gray. When the customer picked up the piece today, she couldn’t stop hugging me. I took that as a positive! 😉 I have to say that I may have rekindled my love for periwinkle. Not so bad for a first custom job!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Happy painting, everyone!

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