Take a look at this Baker beauty that we’ve just finished. Baker Furniture produced some of the finest furniture of the 20th century. This stunning commode/chest is French Empire style, very elegant, and boasts wooden columns with solid brass bases and capitals. The original hardware is gorgeous. Image
She is solid wood and meant to last. “In the mid part of the 20th century, Baker was the premier high quality furniture company that set the bench mark for other companies. Classic and timeless designs, high quality production processes and attention to detail make many of these older Baker pieces a great value.” — Stenella Antiques, Philadelphia.

Here’s her before photo, although it’s difficult to see the faded spots and dings:
French commode original state
I took special care cleaning her and was puzzled when I heard something sliding between the drawers. After I pulled them all out I found a key. Image
This mid century piece still has its key. Correction. Two keys for the top drawer’s lock. The previous owner took exceptional care of her. I added the tassels. Image
We’ve reimagined this beauty in Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. A soft Paris Grey, warmed by Clear Wax, makes her very versatile. We stenciled a specially made diamond design above each column in Graphite. It was an homage to the previous owner who used a black sharpie to draw diamonds. The columns, too, are Graphite, a color that’s more of a slate than true black. And we polished the hardware. She looks very sophisticated. Imagine her gracing your entrance hall, a living room, or even a bedroom. You are only limited by your imagination.

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0 comment on Our Baker Beauty and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

  1. Audrey
    January 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I was reading through yours and this beauty definitely caught my eye. It’s gorgeous!!! Have a great weekend.

  2. irisabbey
    January 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Audrey, I was just about to leave the computer when I saw your comment. Thank you for your warm words. I’m new at this and appreciate the kindness.

  3. Lisa
    January 6, 2014 at 4:01 am (8 years ago)

    What an awesome job you did on this piece! I’m also new, not only to blogging, but to furniture rehab and general DIY’s. Thanks for sharing!

  4. irisabbey
    January 6, 2014 at 5:16 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks, Lisa. I looked at your website and you have a lovely home! Your projects are impressive — your curtains, the coffee table, and your overall recap of 2013. Keep up the good work.

  5. Cindy
    January 10, 2014 at 11:29 am (8 years ago)

    Love the colors you chose, she’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY, so nice having YOU!

  6. irisabbey
    January 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Cindy, Thanks for your kind words and thanks for being a lovely hostess at Amaze Me Monday. See you Monday.

  7. irisabbey
    January 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Becca, Thanks again for featuring our French Empire Chest on your DIY Vintage Chic Friday’s Five Features. That was the best news of the day. You are a wonderful hostess.

  8. dadriscoll
    January 12, 2014 at 3:16 am (8 years ago)

    So beautiful! I love how this piece came out. It is stunning and the key. What a find! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

    • irisabbey
      January 12, 2014 at 4:13 am (8 years ago)

      Danielle, thank you so much for you kind words. Iris Abbey is a new venture for my husband and me, and any encouragement is truly welcome. Thanks for hosting this party. You are a lovely hostess.

  9. sbowie
    January 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Beautiful piece!

    • irisabbey
      January 17, 2014 at 11:39 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks, Erica. I appreciate your encouraging comment.

  10. Mary Vitullo
    January 27, 2014 at 11:27 pm (8 years ago)

    Great job on the makeover……and finding keys, wow!

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

    • irisabbey
      January 28, 2014 at 12:24 am (8 years ago)

      I know, Mary, KEYS! I can’t tell you how excited I was. I really love seeing your work at your site. Thanks for the kind words.

  11. irisabbey
    January 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for featuring Iris Abbey’s French Empire Commode. It’s the high point of my day and I’m just thrilled.


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