My friend Caroline has been doing the same thing in her house. You might remember seeing her home here. So when she offered to sell me her hand-painted red box that she was no longer using I said, "Sure!" At the time my house was still red, but I knew I could paint this darling box, if I ever changed my color scheme.
When I bought the box from Caroline, she said, "You're probably going to do something cute to it, and I'm going to want it back." I smiled thinking it was a lovely compliment, but I was not planning on getting rid of that red at that time, because my whole house was red. Fast forward a year and a half, and with lots of sewing and painting, I now no longer have a red house.
So I got out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Paris Gray, and started painting. I had a fleur de lis stamp that I used with white paint. It was a sloppy mess, but I figured I wanted it to look rustic any way.
Then I waxed and sanded the piece. See how the red is showing through?
Here it is on table. Caroline was at my house recently and I showed her the box. She said, "I want it back!!" I LOVE you Caroline, but it's not for sale!! BTW, I can't wait to show you the lamp you sold me, hee, hee, I painted it too!!
Here's a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.