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!

IMG_0433With the completion of hand painting, distressing, and waxing the fabulous carved wooden arm chair it was time to IMG_0379choose fabric for the seat cushion. The antique chair had a basic linen fabric on it that was showing signs of wearing. I wanted to keep the fresh feel of the newly distressed painted look and add appeal, so my task at hand was choosing the right upholstery for the seat cushion.

Since the chair would be placed in my bedroom and be more of a decorative chair than every day functional one I chose an ornate raised corded fabric with an ivory background.  IMG_0671When choosing fabric it is important to take into consideration how durable you need the fabric in relation to how often that piece of furniture will be used.  My bedroom chair still maintains function and I sit upon it to put on shoes, the girls may sit on it from time to time, and it has been even known to be a holding place for clean laundry.  I would have never chosen the fabric I did if it would have received constant use. My friend Heather showed me how to layer a felt-like material to get more cushion in the seat and placed the ornate fabric over the cushion securing with staples from the staple gun.  I then used Scotch Guard to protective the fabric.  I did several coats with drying time in between.  I secured the cushion with the screw nails I previously removed from the chair at the start of my project.  I try to keep original hardware on the pieces of furniture I re-do unless they are in bad shape or do not aim to please in appeal factor.  I have found plastic baggies helpful in keeping and love that I can marker on the bag which furniture piece it goes to.

My Chair Up-Do was Complete and I Enjoyed Working On Such a Special Chair Find and Will Enjoy this Beautiful Piece for Years to Come!  Do you have a special furniture piece that could use an Up-do?  If you live in my area I will paint for you. Please contact me at www.abundanttrove.com and upon reviewing your request and details I can quote you.  Thanks!

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DSC_0723        We live in Texas and the month is August so I decided to work on my project indoors.  I laid wide thick mil plastic under my table as I was going to be painting and IMG_0639sanding indoors.  At the Whimsey shop where I purchase my Annie Sloan chalk paint the woman told me to turn my chalk paint can upside down for 30 minutes before I paint especially since I purchased the paint a year ago.  This will let the paint stuff that thickened at the bottom spread through the paint and I can use less paint with better coverage.  You do need to make sure lid is tight on can.  Others told me before they paint they always turn the can upside down for 10-15 minutes.  I shake my can a bit too and stir with paint stick before I apply.  I decided to paint our farm table Old White by Annie Sloan.

After I laid the plastic down, I cleaned the table surfaces well and let dry.  The great thing with chalk paint is on many projects you do not need to put a primer on first. This red oak table did not need a primer so I just opened my can of paint and began to paint.  I love Purdy paint brushes and used the 2 inch nylon/polyester brush for this table.  I have shown the Annie Sloan oval brush in the photo.  I look forward to trying that one out. I painted the table legs and sides first and then the top surface.  My table has three leaves so I purposely opened the table as wide as it would go and put DSC_0727sections on with space in between and painted. My first coat of paint was on the table so I washed my Purdy brush with warm water and a little Dawn soap so it would be good to go for tomorrow.

Chalk paint dries fairly quickly so I could have done my second coat the first day.  I really am particular about the projects I take on and the waiting times in between coats of paint and wax.  The next morning I lifted the leaf sections from the table and laid on the floor.  I pushed my table together and secured it with lock and with the helped of my eldest we managed to flip the table over so I could paint the table legs properly. This was my second coat for the legs and while they were drying I moved to the sections I had lifted off and painted the sides and surface again.  I waited a couple hours more and IMG_0543then we flipped the table back upright and I painted the sides and then the top.  I was now done for this day and the table had 2 coats of chalk paint.  Usually people say they paint 1 1/2 coats with Annie Sloan’s paints.

DSC_0728DSC_0731For this project I wanted the look of A Lot of distressing so I used my fine sand block and dipped it in a container of water to begin the process of wet sanding.  You just move the block over edges and it pulls the paint off and with wet sanding it really pushes the paint into the wood and leaves the piece feeling smooth and your hands glide over the wood surface.  In wet sanding you immerse the block in water and squeeze excess into container.  When block dries you re-wet it and repeat the process. You will have to clean off block with water when it gets too coated with paint and change out container of water with fresh when it gets too murky. In areas where I wanted more distressing I just kept working the sand block over the same area.  Because of my schedule I sanded on and off for three days to distress the piece how I wanted it. Next, I wiped the table clean and free of sanding dust and removed the plastic from under the table.  I vacuumed and again washed down the table from sanding and dried it with a soft cloth.  I purchase Cavalier Mills all purpose handy wipes from our dollar store.  I get 10 wipes for a dollar and they are lint free and scratch free cloths.  They are great for wiping a furniture piece before you start the waxing process.  I always paint first, distress, and then wax.   DSC_0783 I used Annie Sloan’s soft wax and wax brush to get the wax on and into my table.  I used circular motions with wax brush and decent hand pressure on top surface of the table.  I put on a rubber glove and took an old mis-match white sock and applied the wax by hand on legs and sides. You do have to take the approach of less is more when applying wax. When the table was waxed I waited again.  I wait between 12-24 hours for coat of wax to dry before I begin buffing with my Cavalier Mills cloth.  I love the sheen that appears from using the AnnieSloan soft wax before you even begin to buff. I then added wax to spots I felt could use a little more and re-did the table top surface.  I wax in circular motion or with grain of wood.  Again, I buffed and then let sit without being touched for 48 hours.  I believe it takes 21 days for wax to completely harden.  The wax is important to seal the paint in and protect your wood surface.  I put three coats of wax on the table top since it will be used with food and drink.  I was now finished with hand painting, distressing, and waxing my great oak farm table. Read my next blog about the fabulous chair find!

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