Adding Rosettes to Furniture


I can’t help but laugh at this piece of furniture.

We came across this old cedar chest at an estate sale back in October.

Yes… I’ve had it that long.  You’ll soon find out why.

Besides being filthy, I loved its chippy blue paint, and distressed edges.

Although I loved its current state, there is no way I could have sold it that way.  So, out came the wash rags and the new paint.

I had just recently bought some Annie Sloan Antibes Green and I was dying to use it!

I’m not quite sure at what point I decided it was probably not the right color choice, but by the time I was done, it appeared that Kermit the Frog had bled all over my beloved cedar chest.

It was just too….. GREEN!

So, without wanting to layer on more paint, I decided to add a heavy coat of dark wax thinking it would tone down the green a bit…

It did tone it down, but… BLAH!!!  It was just getting worse.

By this time, I had so many other pieces taking up the garage, that I decided to push this one to the side and rethink it.

Over the Christmas break, I was on a mission to make room for some new pieces.  That meant this lovely green box was going to need a makeover.

So, I picked out one of my favorite colors, AS Chateau Grey, and painted on two coats.

Bye, bye Kermit!   It was looking much better already!

Although it looked better, it also looked boring.  I thought about painting the diamond white, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  Then I thought about putting a design in the middle, but what?  I even thought about Mod Podging some french fabric on it, but I couldn’t get the fabric cut in the perfect diamond shape… remember.. I’m math challenged.

So, I looked over and saw a little white rosette on my workbench, and A-HA!  That was it!  I got busy making rosettes.

And more rosettes.

And more…

It truly felt like a never ending process.

Finally, when I thought I had enough, I glued them on…

… into the shape of a heart.

I’m pretty sure I’ll need to add more since the perfectionist in me thinks it needs to be a bit fuller.  Until then, it will make for the perfect place to stash all of our throw pillows at night!

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. What a pretty piece! 🙂

  2. Its beautiful! That green was kinda funny, but what a great find of a trunk! Your rosette heart is a lovely touch.

  3. oooh I love it. I agree that the rosette heart really makes it amazing 🙂

  4. LOVE! I just started making my own rosettes and love the extra little touch they give to what ever your putting them on. And they are so easy to do!!

  5. Ha ha, I’ve done that so many times. When the color just isn’t right, you’ve got to try, try again.
    Great job with the grey looks lovely in your bedroom.

  6. Pretty boxes and nice look tables.like them.Hospitality furniture

  7. Pretty sure we are sisters from another mister. LOL My usual blog reading goes something like this…google a piece of furniture, click images, hunt around, click on a picture a I like, go to the website for the image, read part of the post, get sidetracked by a link up, click the link, find something else I love, go to you tube figure out how to do it, check my email, etc…I NEVER STOP TO COMMENT, but… You will not believe me because I don’t know how to put pictures in comment boxes, BUT I am going throught the. exact. same. steps. that you have gone through with your truck. From purchasing Antibes to painting a trunk, to letting it sit, to dark waxing it, to letting sit again, to contemplating painting over it with French Linen! This blog post was meant to be seen by me today. It’s like God was guiding me to your blog, your post, this trunk, and that dang green delimma in my garge! Thank you. I truly believe you went through this process JUST for me to read it today. (I just tried the whole dark waxing step to ‘tone it down’ yesterday! Now. I. KNOW. that my new can of French Linen is the way to go, so thank you for fumbling through this first. 🙂 You made my day.

  8. Simply one word “Amazing.” Never thought that any rough furniture could be modified so elegantly into a perfect furniture for the bedroom.

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