Sunday, May 20, 2012

Verdigris



Verdigris...

Ver... what, you ask? Let me give you a hint or two.

http://eclecticrevisited.com/2012/01/16/the-various-shades-of-gorgeous-green/patina-verdigris-door-green-antique-rustic-decor/
http://www.fauxology.com/2011/07/sense-of-patina-verdigris/

http://www.fauxology.com/2011/07/sense-of-patina-verdigris/
http://www.flickriver.com/groups/verdigrisandpatina/pool/interesting/

Verdigris: the common name for a green pigment obtained through the application of acetic acid to copper plates or the natural patina formed when copper, brass, or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time.

I just can't get enough verdigris in my life right now; it gave me the inspiration for my dresser I'm about to show you. I think this has to be my all time favorite piece thus far. I understand if you're not loving it, I think it's one of those things you'll either love or hate.

This beautiful patina just reminds me of beautiful old architecture, grand gardens by the ocean, and just an old European lifestyle (if you happened to be rich).

This past winter I had the chance to go to Miami on a getaway with my husband and daughter. I was so surprised at how much there was to see there. We went to Villa Vizcaya, which is a lovely old mansion, but unfortunately no pictures of the inside are allowed. It's right by the sea and it's built in the style of old European architecture. The outside has grand paved stone walkways with large statues, garden houses, acres of gardens, and water fountains, not to mention a large stone boat off the dock about right behind the home. The inside has the finest furniture, and all of it was purchased in Europe and shipped overseas. If you're ever in Miami, I highly recommend it.

Here are a few pictures of our trip- we didn't get the chance to take too many. I was loving every second of the tour but my two year old daughter didn't seem to be enjoying herself as much. You know how it goes.








I hope I've built up enough suspense now that you're dying to see my latest and greatest transformation.






How did I do this? I found a really helpful tutorial here. I'll write my own tutorial for this dresser soon (Update: here's my tutorial).

This dresser really got my creative and artistic juices flowing again since I feel like I just paint things white after white. Don't get me wrong an old out of date piece always looks amazing in a simple white. I just needed a little challenge and some change to mix things up!


Linking back to...
linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
kammyskorner.blogspot.com
savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com
primitiveandproper.blogspot.com
www.theshabbycreekcottage.com
romantichome.blogspot.com
missmustardseed.com
www.funkyjunkinteriors.net
www.bystephanielynn.com
fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com

49 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I just awarded you the Liebster award - head over to my site to accept!
    Thanks
    Elisa
    home sweet nest

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    1. That's very sweet of you Elisa, unfortunately I've already had it.

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  2. Love the finish on this, not nice teasing though as I would love to know how you did it! Great job! - Susan

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  3. It is sooo beautiful! Definitely a jaw-dropping job! I can't imagine how you achieved that!

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  4. Woooww... I am speechless...
    I love the green,. too. We went to Italy last summer so I got to see this green in a lot of place, statues left in the rain, front of palaces and churches, etc.
    I loved that instead of fighting it. you embraced the effect!
    Just came over from Home Sweet Nest, she gave you the Liebster Award! We have the same taste, since I was already following you, too!

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  5. Perfect. I love this piece. Such great bones to start with, but you took it 10 notches. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I'm so glad everyone is liking it as much as I do! Thanks for all the compliments. I'm starting to get an itch to paint the top the same as the rest of the piece.

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  7. this is stunning!!!! omg so awesome!

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  8. Lovely! I absolutely adore the look of verdigris, and your dresser did not disappoint. :) Stopping by from Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. :)

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  9. Absolutely beautiful! that color is amazing. It's so beautiful I'm following so I can see more. Thanks for sharing this looking forward to the tutorial.

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  10. This is FANTASTIC!! Love that color and can't wait for your tutorial.

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  11. You would never know this is the same dresser. You turned a real ugly duckling into a swan. Gorgeous!

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  12. This is a great piece -- good lines and detail. It took the paint treatment so well.

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  13. Beautiful job! Love the way the finish turned out!

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  14. Yum! I love what you did to this piece. I'd love to see it linked up at my party - Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life! It's soooo pretty...I love the technique you used.

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  15. Hello...

    What a beautiful place to vacation! Gorgeous photos, my friend! I certainly can see how you were inspired to do a verdegris finish on that beautiful dresser! I love, love, LOVE how it turned out...it's GORGEOUS!!! Thank you for sharing it with us today!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  16. DROOLING over here..... that finish is AMAZING.

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  17. I found you from Savvy Southern Style. LOVE the dresser. Went to Shelly's blog to see how to do it. Can't find it there :( Looking forward to your tutorial!

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  18. Fabulous transformation. I went to the tutorial link, but it's not clear where to find the tutorial. Could you send me the exact link please. Thanks.

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    1. http://gingersnapcreations.blogspot.com/2011/02/shelly-hickox-faux-copper-verdigris.html

      There it is, I just fixed the link in the post also.

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  19. Great job!- turned out beautifully!

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  20. Beautiful, Jenine! I love the color you achieved and it looks great on this dresser!

    visiting from WUW : )

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  21. This is incredible!! I was so surprised to see that my tutorial helped, lol! This far surpasses my technique. LOVE this color so much!

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    1. The Shelly Hickok! I'm honored. I could have never done it without you! I would have never known how to go about achieving that look. I hope it was a good surprise:)

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  22. I'm visiting from Savvy Southern Style. The finish on the dresser is gorgeous!!! I'm pinning it to try in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. OUCH! OUCH! This is so darn fabulous it is 'hurtin' me!!!

    I.LIKEEE.

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  24. OOOOh I love your dresser redo, photos are wonderful too! Your latest follower from Savvy Southern Style's par-tay. Would love it if your followed me back too!

    Tanya :)

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  25. I have a shiny copper obsession, but I have to admit that this is pretty spectacular too! I can't wait to see your tutorial.

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  26. This is beautiful! You captured the verdigris patina perfectly. I can't wait for the tutorial.

    Joyfully,
    Elizabeth Ann

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  27. Gorgeous! Love the color--you did an amazing job.
    Mary

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  28. Thanks for making me smarter today! :) And it is GORGEOUS!!!!!

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  29. Love it! I mostly prefer black and old white for the furniture makeovers but I'm really loving the colors in the turquoise family. Some of the most yummy pieces I have seen are these green/blue shades. Mmm Mmmm Good!

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  30. This is unbelievable gorgeous... I loved the "hint photos" about verdigris. So very cool. I'd love for you to post this on my link party... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/fabulous-friday-link-party_25.html I also just pinned it. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  31. I can hardly wait to try this out one a chair I bought about a year ago that needs a lot of help. I visited the web sight you suggested, and have a book that gives this technique on furniture. So now I'm building up my courage to try it on the chair.

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  32. Gorgeous! What a beautiful piece!
    Would love if you came by my party happening now to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  33. This is Melissa@daisymaebelle.com. LOVE the dresser! I have a whole set of bedroom furniture that is very similar. I plan to paint it when I redo my master bedroom. This is a beautiful finish! NIce work! I am your newest follower!

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  34. I love this. And you have indeed started a trend which I'm now trying to copy! Can I ask what you did with the top of the unit and what you did with the hardware too. Thanks. Mine is at the copper stage and it looks rather scary!

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  35. I just left the top the gold and put the copper glaze over it. I covered it with clear wax. I now plan on repainting the top to match the overall look of the dresser. I think the gold is just too much for people to buy it. As far as the hardware goes, I just washed them off. They were already beautiful.

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  36. This transformation is awesome, the color combination and shades came out just right, it is really beautiful, the whole piece is art. congratulations.

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  37. I am your newest follower thru Kim-Savvy Southern Style. Love this finished piece and I was at the Miami place several years ago...I can see it is still as beautiful as ever-xo Diana

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  38. I agree...I love verdigris also...and what a great color you achieved! Congrats!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  39. What a stunning piece! LOVE the patina your created, you really captured the beauty of Europe!

    If you get a minute, I would be honored to have you stop by and share this at my weekly Chalk Paint Linky Party.

    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  40. This makes my heart stop!! BEAUTIFUL!!

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  41. I am Heather, not Austin btw! Austin is my husband and I'm on his acct lol

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    1. Ha ha, no worries I do that all the time and have to go back in and delete my comment as my husband:)

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  42. Wow that is the yummiest piece I have ever seen.LOVE the transformation and color!
    (((Hugs))))
    Anne

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  43. I love the color's in the cabinet. Great mix.

    lisa

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  44. Hi,

    Loving this. Please can you tell me what you used to make the copper glaze?
    Thanks

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