This mahogany Serpentine from the 1940s tested us. We knew it needed work when we bought it, but we had no idea how much.
David has written about his woodworking efforts on this piece here and here. Remember her Before photo? Sturdy, but unassuming.
Four of the handles didn’t match the original brass hardware. I pored over vintage hardware websites and finally found a good match in Canada, our friendly, frozen neighbor. FYI, I found a disconnect between web listings and the in-stock product. More than once I heard, “Oh, that set has been sold. We need to update our webpage.”
This sophisticated beauty is now ready. Her drawers glide so smoothly thanks to David beeswaxing all the runners.
She looks elegant. Here she is in a different vignette, and yes — azaleas are blooming in northern Florida. If you were here, I’d give you a bouquet of azaleas!
We handpainted her with Annie Sloan Paris Grey. I outlined the upper drawer trim in Old White and painted the twelve handles. Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax covers the exterior. Louis Blue, on the drawers’ interiors, gives a lovely pop of color.
As I eased into the homestretch I received a free Lotus stencil (African Protea Flower) from Royal Design Studio. It looked delightful and I needed to use it . . . immediately. I surveyed our in-progress projects and landed on the Louis Blue drawers.
Using Royal Design’s Antique Gold and Orange Ice cremes, and Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green, I stenciled a lotus on each side panel and waxed them. They offer a bit of whimsey.
This Serpentine lovely has emerged from her spa treatment rejuvenated and looking more radiant than ever. She’ll be on sale at the Rustapalooza Spring Market at the end of the month, our very first market.
Wishing you bunches of azaleas,
Ann Marie and David
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