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How to mix Vintage and Romantic Style together

by | Jun 29, 2021 | Antique furniture, Shelf Unit, Side Furniture, Whites and Light Colours | 2 comments

Working with vintage and romantic styles

I was looking for a new project to do.  When I saw this vintage curio on Marketplace I could not resist the chance to purchase it. Once I got it home its size left me a little perplexed because it would not fit where I wanted it to in my dining room.

But a friend inspired me…

Step 1-Preparation

I had underestimated all the preparation it would take to start my piece of furniture. This curio has glass shelves, each shelf had to be removed as well as the hinges, the handle and all the other hardware.

The previous owners had been very generous with the Pledge. Because of this, a good cleaning was needed. I used the Varnish Remover and Cleaner and let it sit on all of my surfaces to give it the time that it needed to work.

It was impressive to watch it work. I did a good rinsing two times with warm water.

In order to optimize the perfect adhesion for my paint, I roughly sanded all of the surfaces that I was going to paint. I then applied my oil-based primer.

Since my piece of furniture is made of Melamine, this assures the best adherence possible.

Step 2-The Paint

I had pictured this piece of furniture painted Dusty Rose, but with a few more visible touches, which would coordinate well with a floral background. To achieve this, I painted a few sections with the colour Grapefruit in a random spot.

Before the colour had time to completely dry, I immediately applied the colour Dusty Rose, in order to maximize the marriage of the two colours. I did a little section at a time.

When this step is completely dry I then applied a second coat of my Dusty Rose colour being careful not to collect all of my Grapefruit colour. I applied where needed with a small brush.

Step 3-The Protector

The next day, I was able to apply my natural bee wax with the help of my silk paintbrush. It is very simple, using my brush that is designed for wax I performed a movement going up and down and left to right to properly apply my wax. You could also have used a glaze or a varnish.
I should mention that the wax takes a little longer to dry. Depending on the quantity used, it could take a couple of weeks.

Step 4-The Little Touches

It was with excitement that I began my final step, which was the floral background. There was a mirror and I decided not to remove it but instead stuck the paper right on the mirror. One section at a time, I prepared each paper in the desired size before coating the surface with Modpodge glue using the Snow White brush. I then was able to cover the last layer with another coat of Modgepodge to solidify my paper once the first coat had time to harden.

Finished Product: The vintage masterpiece

My curiosity now has a gentle, romantic feel to it. Now I put the hardware back on and carefully washed all of the glass. These steps are necessary if you want your project to be perfect and not be disappointed.

The satisfaction that you will feel when your project is completed will be worth all of the time that you put into it!

Lisa-Marie Pouliot prend la pose devant son mur recyclage

Lisa-Marie Pouliot

Lisa-Marie Pouliot from Bois de Lilas, is an expert in furniture recycling! Mother of 4 young children, she has devoted her entire time to them for 2 years. Owner of an ancestral house for these 2 years, finding herself there full time and imagining projects in them constantly, gave her the taste to get started through his daily hubbub. She likes the old-fashioned style. She started to restore furniture, complete rooms of her old house as well as projects for those around her. With Lisa-Marie Pouliot, what you already have is enough. Chalk based paints, brushes and hours of fun are waiting for you to transform a decor! Recycling furniture is also about giving life! Because yes, we can make new with old. Whether it is a piece of furniture, a wall or a decorative piece! Having a sober decor with a subtle touch of colour is also seeing life in pink! Want to read to inspire you for your recycling projects? Read our Blog section on the Colorantic website! She created her account Instagram & Facebook Bois de Lilas, to show the progress of what she is doing. Follow her on social media accounts to get updates on her new creations.  


  1. Gillian Peddie

    This is a beautiful piece. A job well done as the final product is stunning!

    • Marianne Soucy

      It sure is! Thanks for your comment Gillian!


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