DSC_0823I love the look of Country French Furniture because it expresses a subtle sophistication and a romantic aura with all the curves and bends.  French Country furniture commands attention and gains loving glances over and over again. It stirs a a feeling of something from the past and brings a sense of comfort home.  I discussed the antique mirror in my last blog you may enjoy going back to read it or get some suggestions on how to secure a old wooden frame.  The console table caught my attention because of its country French style with curvy legs, body curves, and how the bottom joins together in a big statement! IMG_0715 I believe the table is late 1980’s or 90’s.  It was one that needed new life and finishing the mirror frame just brought the two pieces together like they were waiting to be paired.

I decided on using Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint as the console table had a smoky tinted glass top. The beveled glass top is tinted a faint smoky brown and I knew with the color of paint and using dark wax to age the piece that it would all come together nicely.  I did hand paint primer on the table first.  I let dry for 24 hours and then painted using my Annie Sloan oval paint brush for the first time.  I loved it!  I’m still attached to Purdy though. 🙂  I did two coats of chalk paint.  IMG_0734I let the paint dry 24 hours and began to lightly distress the table till I got the look I was aiming for.  I then wiped down really well and let dry.  I clear waxed the whole piece two times and then using the dark wax I rubbed on and off till I got that nice aged patina look.

I love picture frames and so wanted to include a couple that were ornate but more simple to go with the total look.  I hand painted the frames the same way as I did the furniture pieces.  I purchased black cardboard easel backings so that the frames could rest on the table. This Furniture Grouping is for sale.  Please contact me or my Etsy shop.  I will custom paint your furniture pieces that need an up-do if you are live in my area.  Thanks so Much!DSC_0826DSC_0830DSC_0831

DSC_0823This Fabulous French Country Furniture Grouping is an Up-do with a mix of the past and 1980’s.  I search for furniture pieces that speak to me to paint.  I found the mirror before the table and from what I can gather it was attached at one time to a dresser and probably had a little swing action. IMG_0697 I loved that it had its original beveled glass mirror.  It has the age spots to verify and the IMG_0700weight.  One part of the frame had been glued quickly so I knew upon purchasing I would need to be re-working the frame and making sure it was securely and aesthetically pleasing.  I was up for the challenge because I loved the carved design on top of the mirror! Upon opening the back of the mirror I saw that the previous person had glued the mirror in which is a no-no.  It was time consuming as I worked on pulling the glued away from the wooden frame and carefully from the back of the glass mirror. I then lightly sanded frame.  I removed old glue from crack on the front of the frame and re-glued the frame.IMG_0705 IMG_0724I took a soft cloth and wrapped it on corner as I lightly hammered the frame back into proper position. After the wood glue dried, I took wood filler and in each section of the frame filled in on both back and front of frame where needed.  I used my handy clamps and was off to another project while the frame set and dried.IMG_0719IMG_0720

Now that the antique wooden frame was all solid and put back together it was time to paint.  I originally thought I would hand paint the frame white and distress for a bedroom mirror.  My mirror got intersected so to speak with a French Console Table that I purchased right around the time the mirror frame was ready for paint. IMG_0729 I place the two by each other and felt a match was made.  I rather enjoy when that happens as I like to decorate and place things in a beautiful orderly way!  I decided to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in French Linen color.  You do not need to prime your furniture pieces before you use chalk paint, but I almost always do.  I hand painted primer on both the mirror frame and the console table.  Read my next blog for continuation of my Country French Furniture Grouping!  I do custom painting on picture frames and can ship in the U.S.A.  I can quote you on painting furniture pieces you already own if you live in my area.  Thanks!