Little Speckled Frog

Little Speckled Frog Chest

Little Speckled Frog Chest
Melanie Alexander of Lost and Found promptly supplied me with Little Speckled Frog, part of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tones for Tots Collection. Unforeseen delays — like Hurricane Matthew — postponed completion of my Little Froggy Chest.

I’m tickled by the names in this collection: Little Whale, Little Speckled Frog, Little Lamb, Little Stork, Little Piggy,  Little Teapot, and Little Star. Anyway, Tones for Tots is made with babies and young children in mind. According to Fusion Mineral Paint —

Our Paint is lead free, phlalate free, formaldehyde free, ammonia free, virtually odourless and is Zero VOC.


Painting is a rare delight for me because the main stock in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery is Mid-Century Modern. You can see links to our Danish Industrial Lamps, Blue Bridgewater Sofa, Ficks Reed Rattan, and our Milo Baughman 1952 Dining Room Set.

A few months ago I painted this curvy, feminine French Provincial chest with Fusion’s Tones for Tots Little Piggy. It sold within 5 days.

hand painted French Provincial chest

Let’s see if lightning strikes twice. This piece seemed a perfect candidate for another Tones for Tots color. It’s small stature and strong lines will enhance any nursery or child’s room.

Burl Wood Chest

As you can see, the original burl wood was gorgeous. Sadly, we quickly realized we couldn’t save it. The veneer had too many chips and scrapes — and you know David goes to heroic lengths to save wood. Check out the original hardware, a gorgeous and complete set of Bakelite drop pulls that I replaced.

Here’s a detail of his top:

Veneer Damage


Gothic Clover Stencil

I added a modest amount of decoration. The design needed to be simple and appropriate for either a boy or girl’s bedroom. A Gothic Clover stencil won out.

I pushed the VP Antico, a synthetic plaster by Artisan Enhancements, through the stencil, which stretched across two drawers. Two thin layers. Once the final layer dried, David scored it with a razor along the drawer lines. There were a few chips, but I did some touch-up painting and the clover looks fine.

Little Speckled Frog

I painted the Gothic Clover stencil with a mixture of Annie Sloan’s Old White and Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements. My Pearl Plaster jar was almost empty, so I wanted to use it up. The new knobs came from World Market.

Believe me, it’s difficult to get an exact match when presenting the paint sample and the finished product. I’ve made several adjustments to get as close as possible.

So, here’s Little Froggy — just waiting for something in our booth to sell so he can take his rightful place. I have no doubt he can stand his ground amid all that Mid-Century Modern.

Little Speckled Frog

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave a comment. We love those.

Ann Marie and David

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9 Comments on Is Little Speckled Frog Paint Right For You?

  1. Melanie
    November 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm (5 years ago)

    What a beautiful little piece! I am sad too that the burled wood had to go . . . It did look like it was in pretty bad shape though. I think the green is a great fit for this shape and size of chest though, and the stenciled design adds just the right touch of whimsy and fun. Thank you for sharing it Ann Marie–hope it sells quickly!!

    • irisabbey
      November 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words, Melanie. Thanks so much for your your speedy service and interest in my work. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Kathryn Griffin
    November 29, 2016 at 12:57 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful makeover! Thanks for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. The party goes live tonight at 8:00PM. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • irisabbey
      November 29, 2016 at 3:08 am (5 years ago)

      Kathryn, thanks for the wonderful news. I enjoy your weekly party so much and it’s always a thrill to get a mention. Have a lovely week.

  3. Mary-the boondocks blog
    November 29, 2016 at 9:24 am (5 years ago)

    Ann Marie this is such a beautiful color and it looks great on this piece w ith the design you chose. I’m glad you like Mineral Fusion, I’m in the process of trying to get some right now.

    • irisabbey
      December 1, 2016 at 12:27 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Mary — Thanks for your comment. I think you’ll enjoy working with Fusion Mineral Paint. By the way, I love seeing the photos of Greece that you post.

  4. Diana
    November 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm (5 years ago)

    What beautiful dressers Ann Marie–I suspect Little Froggy will fly out of the booth as did Little Piggy 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm!

    • irisabbey
      December 1, 2016 at 12:35 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Diana — Thanks for comment about Little Froggy and Little Piggy. I’m still waiting to move Little Froggy in. She’s next in line. I want to mention how much I enjoy seeing your vintage finds each week. When I saw the red travel case this week, I thought of my stylish aunt.


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