Friday, February 22, 2013

Ballard?.....SCHMALLARD!




So.....a few weeks ago, I got an email from a previous customer who had an antique dresser of her grandmother's that  was in great shape BUT she wanted to have it "shabbied" *painted, distressed, waxed and all that good stuff..Their FIRST thought was to go with just a basic antique white..PERFECT! Bring it on over!




SO... I stock up on A.S.C.P Pure White and a can of Old White and was ABOUT to get busy when she texts me that they have changed their mind on color...OOKKKKKK...what did you have in mind? "Well, I emailed you a link to Ballard designs. We found a bed in this color that we love!


We want to see if you can match it?..uuhhh...SURE! 
Thee Ballard designs!: The place that sells dog treats for $100 bucks!?@#$%*... 
Ballard Designs: the place that sells rugs worth more than my engagement ring?! yikes...
No pressure right?

 Replicate Ballard Designs..No PROB!Bring it on...teeheehee...Well, ladies and Gentleman..I was intimidated at first BUT chaknow whaaaaaa' I think I did a prett-ie sweet job..I really like it and I hope you do too...

So...It IS a sweet piece..great scroll work and carvings and awesome hardware.... yum!!




Now, at first glance..I thought the color looked like a dead ringer of Duck Egg Blue BUT, if you look at the picture 38,972 times... *But WHO's counting right?


You see MORE than Duck Egg..It's a very GRAY blue .So I got all "Bill Nye the science guy"

 and got busy concocting my "Ballard Blue"

This is at the VERY Beginning of my blend BUT basically it turned out to be 1/2 Paris Gray , 1/2 Provence and a DAB of  Old White by the time I got done!
I did my usual, and turned it upside down 1st to get all the hard to reach bits out of the way..

Painting in the kitchen of course!
*Hey! It was 55 degrees in So Cal...That's INHUMANE conditions to be outside!! ;}




Once the body was done we had to deal with the top... =/

She told me that the body was great BUT it looked like granny momma had been leaving her denture cup on the top of the dresser for 80+ years... =<

It had a pretty gnarly water ring stain... BUT, Restore A Finish to the rescue!




Going


Going...


GONE!

Woohoooo..with THAT done I was able to distress her, and wax her up in clear & dark wax...


and call it a day...















Well there she is..my Ballard knock off...hope you like!
Thanks for stoppin' by...see ya soon!

Smooches...

Meliss






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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful job!!!!! What a great match for the bed - definitely your newest follower ( would love a follow back when you have the time )
    Visiting from MMS.
    Have a great Saturday - hugs,
    Suzan

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  2. Honestly, that is the prettiest blue I have ever seen...really toned down that Duck Egg! I'm going to keep your recipe! Thanks!

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  3. First of all, you are hilarious & I love it! Secondly, you are so doggone talented. I found you over at Funky Junk and I am so glad that I did. Blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

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  4. LOVE that bed! I think you were pretty brave to make up your own version of the colour. I can't believe that Restore to a Finish got that water mark out!!! I think I need some.

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  5. Giiiiiiirrrrlllllll!!!!!!!! So glad you found me again! What the hell have you been up to lady? I guess I could read and find out ;)

    This dresser looks freaking fabulous btw!

    Stalking you back! xoxo

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  6. It looks gorgeous! You should be proud of the finish because you did an amazing job. Good work!

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  7. Great transformation...finish looks very beautiful...thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  8. Greag job! Lovely custom color, and the top looks fantastic!

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  9. Gorgeous! I love that custom color and that dresser is to die for. Would love for you to share it at Silver Pennies Sundays - http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2013/02/silver-pennies-sundays-link-party_24.html

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  10. Oh my this is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing, featuring at my party today. -K

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  11. wow- it looks beautiful! and what a task at hand you had! ;)

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  12. Love this piece! great job with the color. I love restor-a-finish too!

    gail
    ps catching you this week

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  13. Freaking awesome and you as funny as hell!

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