Late in the 1800s a young man immigrated from Germany to the United States. He settled in Ohio where he and his wife raised 2 sweet girls. He commissioned with a furniture craftsman to make a vanity for each daughter. After being loved by four generations of young women, I had the pleasure of acquiring this tired vanity.
I did not start to work on it for almost a year. I read, studied, and practiced on other pieces before approaching this treasure. My initial plan was to paint the entire piece in French Linen so I didn’t bother to strip the top. I figured it was too far gone. However, as you can see, that plan changed. The beautiful wood was so worth saving.
My version of French Linen is Coco mixed with Paris Gray. I highlighted the moldings with a dry brush of Old White, and did a very subtle wash of Old White over the entire piece. After the clear wax, I used some dark wax in strategic areas to add depth and character.
She has not yet been adopted into a new family. It was an honor to have such a special piece come into our home. So for now, I will keep her safe in our foster care.
Thanks for stopping by.
Miss Mustard Seed