We recently finished another project transforming a sweet pair of French nightstands!
Many of you know I love painted furniture, but only when it’s done well. It has to be the right piece of furniture, and it has to be transformed with the right paint and techniques, producing a layered, quality finish. This was the look I wanted when I began the transformation of this pair of French nightstands.
I’ve had this pair of French Provincial nightstands in storage for awhile, just waiting for me to find the time to give them a makeover.
The paint that I used is made by Pure & Original Classico. I used P&O paint on the transformation of our little french bombe chest recently, and loved the quality. Pure & Original paints are made with respect for nature, quality, and style, and tinted with only natural pigments. The colors are based on the soft hues of the well-known Renaissance frescoes that are still prevalent in Europe today
The nightstands are the typical 1950’s french provincial style. I found them at an estate sale a couple of years ago at a really great price.
They had such pretty detailing with the hardware, as well as the metal wire in the doors.
I decided that I wanted to add just a bit more detail, so I added appliqués on each one prior to painting. Appliqués are wonderful for added detail and I simply glued them on with E6000 glue.
It’s so easy to make furniture appliqués. You can see that post HERE.
This is what the little french beauties look like now after their makeover. I absolutely love them!
I had originally thought I would sell them, but now I’m re-thinking that decision.
I chose three colors to work with, Country Blue, Sea Salt, and Evening Shadow.
I used Country Blue as my base coat. With the second layer, I applied a “wash” of the Evening Shadow. I thinned the Evening Shadow with water and, taking a section at a time, I covered the nightstand in a thin wash, then immediately wiped it back with a soft cloth, leaving it down in the details and crevices. The subsequent coats of the lighter colors will lighten the original blue color.
The last layer was to dry brush on Sea Salt to give highlights to certain areas. This is a matter if personal preference, you can add as much or as little as you like.
There is distressing on both of the nightstands that occurred naturally as I layered the colors.
As I wiped back the “wash” on the second coat, the cloth naturally pulled away some paint in certain areas, showing the original wood, which results in a beautifully timeworn look.
I always paint furniture in layers, giving depth to the piece, which just can’t be achieved with one coat of paint.
After the final layers of Evening Shadow and Sea Salt, I used a homemade glaze, and again, taking a section at a time, I applied the glaze and immediately wiped it off, leaving it in the details and edges.
How much, or how little, is really about personal preference. I like it to have the look of old patina, so I tend to use more.
After everything was dry, I added a coat of clear wax, letting it cure for 24 hours before buffing.
It’s not necessary to wax over the Pure & Original paint, because it will dry to a soft velvety radiance which is absolutely gorgeous, however I just happen to love the soft, subtle shine that wax gives a piece.
So I always finish my painted pieces with wax. I also feel like the wax gives the furniture an added layer of protection.
After I buffed the nightstands, I added the gilt to the original door hardware, appliqués, and also the metal wire in the doors.
Rub~N~Buff in color Gold Leaf is my “go to” for adding gilt to furniture.
I love the character and depth that the Pure & Original paint produces. The results are always stunning!
The addition of natural pigments in the paint, creates a deep, intense color, with excellent coverage, and it’s environmentally friendly!
The focus of Pure & Original paint is on vintage pieces, furniture, and small projects, and it turned out to be the perfect paint for this pair of petite french nightstands!
So tell me, what do you think of my two little french beauties after their transformation?
On another note, we’re still working on the foyer…..I know, I know…..you probably don’t think we’re ever going to get finished……..sometimes I feel the same way!
We would love to hear from you!