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.
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.
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 now we’ll say blue. hee hee.
Once the entire set has a couple of coats of paint, I use a flat white to glaze the nooks and crannies.
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 smoky effect and oodles of character, I think this suited the set just perfectly.
The drawer pulls needed updated too and there’s nothing a bit of RustOleum Flat White couldn’t handle.
The pulls have the glazing with that chocolate color too. Also, I love how it makes the details pop.
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.
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.
At this point, I’m not saying I’ve nailed the recipe, but I’m pretty close and am so happy with the result.
It goes on beautifully, cures well, and gives a soft lustre appearance.
Okay, so back to the makeover. (sorry, I’m excited!!) Here’s my lovely set all dressed up in a French country blue…
So purdy, isn’t it? ♥
Those serpentine curves are what I love most about the French Provincial style. So feminine and stately, all at the same time.
The nightstand fit so well next to my bed and I love its petite design.
It was fun to stage and see this set in action. I love what I do!
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.
It looks good with a little bling, don’t you think?
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