Porcelain Lady Gets a Face Lift a la Pottery Barn

August 24, 2011

Well, two of my three chickadees went back to school today.  Always bittersweet, no?  I can't believe it will be September next week......the kids are already planning their Halloween costumes!  How about yours?

Today I want to share with you a Before/After project that I'm on the fence about.  I picked up these two Victorian beauties at Goodwill about a year ago. 

His and Hers.  And they're b-i-g, 15 inches by 14 inches.  From day one my family made it perfectly clear that they thought these two were, and I quote, "Creepy!"  Well, that was actually the kids talking.  Mr. CBD, well, we won't even go there......

I actually got to thinking that perhaps they had a point, but I was determined to do SOMETHING with them.  I just didn't know what.  So they sat.  And they sat.  And they, well, you get the gist.  Finally I got the itch to actually do something with them.  And I had a little inspiration in my archives from good old Pottery Barn.

Source: Pottery Barn

I'm not sure what theirs was made of (it's no longer available) but mine is HEAVY.

I started out with a coat of primer, followed by white spray paint.  She looked OK, but nothing special.  So I added a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Paris Grey.  Then I sanded her a bit and voila.

I do think she looks better.  I really like how the gold peeks through here and there.  But I'm just not sure I L-O-V-E her, you know?  Thoughts?  Reactions?  Weigh in and tell me.  I can take it.  Really.  (I need to decide whether I want to go ahead with the boyfriend or not. I'm holding off on painting him for now.)

Have a great week and don't forget to share your Club G.W. finds at Tuesday's Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva here.

Finally, if you haven't entered my giveaway, check it out here!  It ends Friday, so don't wait! 


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Mindy said...

I like the French look the facelift gave, but to be honest I preferred the vintagey, Shabby Chic look with the color and detail. In any event, I really think you have to do the boyfriend now too, so they're a matched pair again.

beckaboots said...

This looks awesome! I really like the color and the vintage look. Great job :)


Sherrie said...

Club G.W sounds great. Okay I will be back for next Tuesday. I like the face painted for sure but I probably would have gone cream but that is just me. She looks so much better than your before shot. Good job.

Sherrie said...

Plus I am a new follower. Us GW gals have to stick together.

Sherrie said...

I love the makeover on your lovely ladies!

You are the winner of my giveaway! Check your email for the details.

Plumrose Lane said...

Just wanted to stop by to say thanks so much for your sweet & supportive comment on my blog Kathleen. You know I L♥Ve visiting your blog for all this delicious eye candy but there's no better reason than to say thank for the support of a dear online friend!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You did a great job Kathleen.

Patty & Kenneth said...

Kathleen, I like it. But if you are still unsure, Kim over at Savvy Southern Style just did a ceiling medallion in a technique you might want to take a look at if you haven't aready seen it. Heres the link http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-project-for-dining-room.html

Thespa McLaughlin said...

I really liked the color of the faces before. But the backgrounds were NOT working it. I think I would have painted the backgrounds and left the faces that soft aged look. But since it has already past that time, I do like the all over light colors but thinking maybe an aging technique? To bring out the details of the florals. I do like the gold peaking through here and there. Whatever you decide to do with her you should definitely do her mate. They'll be lonely without each other. Hugs!

Tammy said...

I think she looks better. Do you have Old White of ANSP? I just used a base coat of Paris Grey with the Old White Highlighting some spots. I think it would look really good with the contrast of the two. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

Ruby Taylor said...

Love the look...maybe a touch more white?

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love the makeover on your plaques~ they are so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Emily said...

I love it, definitely better! Thanks for linking up

Miss Kitty said...

ummm...are you sure that is a BOYfriend? Well, regardless of the sex of the plaque, I think the one you've already done looks much better with the updated paint finish. I saw your post over at "Shades of Amber".

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