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French Country Blue ~ My Craigslist Score

You know I love a good furniture makeover, so what could be better than one day a month dedicated to themed furniture makeovers? Wahoo! Today’s theme is FRENCH, and ooh la la, I’m ready to play with my French country blue.

My blogging friends and I have created some wonderful inspiration and eye-candy for you with our French makeovers, so be sure to check out all their fantastic efforts below.

The inspiration for my makeover was this French Provincial set I found a few months back on Craigslist. I originally stuck it in my shop as a custom request, but quickly took it back out when I saw the upcoming theme.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s a Dixie DuBarry set (a coveted design in the furniture world) in great structural shape, but did have some minor flaws like highlighter marking on the tops, marker, crayon, and wear in a couple of spots in random places. Nothing that a new look couldn’t fix.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t really mind the original finish, but since these sets typically don’t have a wood top, you can’t just sand down and redo. So, paint it is.

My color choice was a seconds paint I scored a while back, and have since had the store color match it for more. I used this same color for a custom piece for a client, and have fallen head-over-heels for it. I’m deciding on a name for it, but for know we’ll say blue. hee hee.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once the entire set was given a couple of coats of paint, I used a flat white to glaze the nooks and crannies.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For added dimension, I went over those same spots glazing with a chocolate glaze I’ve used before on my garage door. Since I was aiming for a smoky effect and oodles of character, I think this suited the set just perfectly.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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The drawer pulls needed updated too and there’s nothing a bit of RustOleum Flat White couldn’t handle.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The pulls were glazed with that chocolate color too, and I love how it makes the details pop.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After all the layers were applied it was time to topcoat. Pardon me for a bit while I explain how excited I am. I was finally able to put the finishing touches on a furniture wax recipe I have been working on. You see, I typically use a paste wax, but can’t stand the idea of the chemicals and prefer to have the satisfaction of creating it myself.

I already make all of our lip balms, healing salves, candles and such, so I knew I could figure out a natural furniture wax using beeswax and a few other ingredients. My $3 crock pot with broken handle is where I melt down my wax and then create my homemade products using thrifted pots for a double boiler.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Nature’s gold right there…the next best thing to honey. Sourcing from local apiaries makes me feel good and the scent is heavenly! It wasn’t until recently that I finally ran out of all other waxes. I have had all the ingredients to make my own, including the fun assortment of tins. They are always on hand for our deodorants, balms, salves, etc. Now was the time to get it done.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At this point, I won’t say I’ve nailed the recipe, but I’m pretty close and am so pleased with the result.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It goes on beautifully, cures well, and gives a soft lustre appearance.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Okay, so back to the makeover. (sorry, I’m excited!!) Here’s my lovely set all dressed up in a French country blue…

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

So purdy, isn’t it? ♥

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Those serpentine curves are what I love most about the French Provincial style. So feminine and stately, all at the same time.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The nightstand fit so well next to my bed and I love its petite design.

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It was fun to stage and see this set in action. I love what I do!

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal PIeces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This set looked so good in my master bedroom, and I was like hmmm….but alas, I don’t need it. And I am happy to say it’s available in my shop.

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It looks good with a little bling, don’t you think?

This set looked so good staged in my master bedroom, and I was like hmmm....but alas, I don't need it and am happy to say it's available in my shop.

This set looked so good staged in my master bedroom, and I was like hmmm....but alas, I don't need it and am happy to say it's available in my shop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my French country blue makeover and would love it if you would Pin and Share!

Outdated Craiglist scored French Provincial set gets a French country blue makeover with a beautiful blue by Prodigal Pieces. www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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44 replies on “French Country Blue ~ My Craigslist Score”

love the color! i think i grew up with this bedroom set and thought it was so outdated. you brought it back to LIFE! truly, what can’t/don’t you do???

Wow! Cannot believe that is the same piece! Love the blue and the glazing on the nooks ad crannies make it just that richer. The hardware looks so much better in the white with the chocolate glaze! Awesome makeover once again!!

First of all let me say I am sooooo impressed that you make your own wax!!! You have done a stunning job on this piece! I love it!
I would like to invite you to share your posts each week at my Making Broken Beautiful Party. it has already begun but there is still time to join in.. It goes every Thursday from 6:00pm (MST) till Saturday 6:00pm (MST). It is a furniture and home decor party. I hope you can join, you have great taste!

Smiles!
Terry
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Your pieces are so very pretty & I love love love the french blue color! Do you mind telling me the color if you still have it! Thanks!

Love the French Provincial style. Your choise of blue was perfect! I want to ask you about the distortion that you did on the mirror outside. Can you tell me how to do it?

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