Eleanor Roosevelt aka. Grace Kelly

It’s Paint Week here at Hating Martha! And I have some lovely, expert painting guests for you.

On Monday, Linda from It All Started with Paint will be here to give the 411 about Paint 101.

On Tuesday, Karen from Redoux will grace the Hating Martha blog.

And on Wednesday, Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea will talk about her paint fiasco turned wonder!

Seriously…these ladies are where it’s at!

I’ll be tracking to see which of you don’t come! (just kidding, I don’t know how to do that…yet)

 

But, in the meantime I wanted to show you a project that I did that shows just what amazing

transformations paint can make. It can be truly mind-blowing!

I am not an expert, you will see mistakes. Martha, I am not .

Oh wait…you knew that!

 

 

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If you follow me on Facebook I posted a picture of this sad beauty.

And you all thought she was lovely and gave me wonderful advice on paint colors.

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter…you should. I post random, ridiculous status’ and fun stuff.

I had named her Grace Kelly. At first. She had seemed so delicate and lovely.

Ha!!

 

Most decorator/restorers/designers have something they use for inspiration to decide colors and such.

For furniture, I name my pieces.

My kids have long ago gotten used to me talking to furniture. Poor kids.

I look at a piece and I determine what personality they have…what celebrity they would be.

And that influences me.

Strange. But, it works.

Here is Captain

And Betty Blue and Washington

And Gertie the Gossip Bench.

See!! Told you!

 

Anyways, back to Eleanor. She was Grace Kelly. And then we moved her.

Beast!! She is a beast!

Definitely not dainty.

And…the more I looked at her the more I realized she had strength, and toughness, and was

not a force to reckon with. But, still a lady. Of importance.

Hence…Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

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She is oak with beautiful wood carvings, turned legs, and original hardware.

But she was a mess. And damaged. Someone didn’t love her…darned it!

 

I struggled with what to do with her. I couldn’t decide if I should repair as much as I could,

even replacing damaged wood pieces.

Or, if I should let her be.

Back to the name again. Eleanor Roosevelt was a lady that you wouldn’t dare suggest wasn’t exactly

the way she was supposed to be. So, I told Eleanor (the furniture) that I wouldn’t give her plastic surgery.

But, we did agree on some cover-up in places.

 

top design

 

Do you see that damage…missing pieces? I felt so bad for her.

She simply had a light coat of DIY chalk paint in lovely pink on those carvings. I didn’t even fill the cracks or paint

where the missing pieces were. She was beautiful in all her damage.

 

legs

Both of her legs were like this. (Ignore the dirty floor. I didn’t clean for you)

I put my foot down and told her she needed cover-up if I couldn’t replace it all together.

So, I just painted them so it wouldn’t be as noticeable.

She seemed to tolerate it well.

 

finish

I gave her top a great sea blue color, her body a very “grunge” gray both in homemade DIY chalk paint.

And then distressed the whole thing.

I sure couldn’t make it all shiny and new with that damage.

 

hardware

I kept her original hardware, even the wonky piece there.

Although, her and I are arguing about using Rub N’ Buff on them to make them gold.

We’ll see who wins.

 

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And there she is.

She is lovely, isn’t she.

Stately, regal, and imperfect.

Just like a lady of an advanced age should look. I think. (Unless, you are advanced (in age) and don’t like me saying

that. )

 

DIY Chalk Paint:

1 cup latex paint

2 tab unsanded tile grout

stir and stir and stir.

Sand between coats. Sometimes  you don’t have to. It depends.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    You got a thing about you
    I just can’t live without you
    I really want you, Elenore, near me
    Your looks intoxicate me
    Even though your folks hate me
    There’s no one like you, Elenore, really

    Elenore, gee I think you’re swell …..

    ~Bliss~ who knew she also had a song about her

  2. says

    What a transformation. I have one that is similar but in really good shape. It is oak but stained in cherry. It’s old but not a family piece. I want to chalk paint it as well.
    Can you tell me about your Paddington under glass. I have one that I gave my son before he we adopted him. I actually got it for him before we ever even knew he was going to live with us. I was wondering about yours. It must be special as well.

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