Category: French provincial table

A Kitchen Reborn Continued

With the addition of their new bar, my client’s kitchen table and chairs were too large for their new space.  As I regularly attend estate sales, visit thrift stores and yard sales, I’m always on the look out for some wonderful piece of furniture.  It was at an estate sale that I found the perfect table and chair set for their kitchen.  The photo below was taken at the estate sale.

Many of you know that I love the french provincial style, since it can have so many different looks.  My clients trust my judgement (definitely an honor) so I purchased the set.  The table needed to be round rather than oval to fit in the kitchen, but this round top wasn’t large enough to accommodate 5 people.

We purchased a larger wood table top, which my client affixed it to the original table base.  The base was painted black and distressed to match the bar.  Three coats of a dark walnut stain with polyurethane were applied;  I love the look of the table.

The chairs were finished before I tackled the table.  All were cleaned, sanded and primed and you can see at the difference between the chair’s original color compared to the primed chairs.

Here’s a look at the kitchen chair before and after.

The chairs were painted the same color as the cabinets.  I didn’t distress them like the cabinets nor use the same brown glaze. The metallic coffee glaze was a better match for the seat cushion fabric.

The table is the perfect size for this space.

Their large kitchen window had a honeycomb blind, which was a stark look for the room.  I added a pair of curtains, customized by sewing a band of the kitchen chair fabric and some decorative trim to them.

Here’s is a better view of the curtains.

My clients trusted me to purchase artwork for their home, which includes three pieces in the kitchen.  I fell in love with this still-life of a purple chair, loving how the black frame looks with the bar.

In addition to the still-life, decanter bottles were added displayed on a decorative round plate.  A  salad size plate with a french advertisement for champagne also adds some whimsy.

Two smaller prints were hung on the opposite side of the curtains, which also have black frames.

During one of my estate sales, I found a cubby with an upholstered cushion that would fit perfectly in the space right by their garage door.  They keep their soda cans, shoes and coats in this area and I thought the cubby would add to some order as well as a place to put on their shoes.

Here is the cubby in actual use.

During a vintage shopping hunt, I found two rugs for the family.  One is by the kitchen sink, which pulls in the sage walls as well as the blue of the living room while continuing the back up color of black.

My clients are amazing cooks (I’ve sampled a few of their delicious pasta dishes and baked confections) and this is the perfect space for them to enjoy cooking and dining.  I’m thrilled and honored to have been able to play a  role in the design of this space.


Before and After – French Provincial Dining Table

This charming french provincial dining table has been revived and refreshedAfter stripping the top (see below), I applied medium walnut Danish Oil and polyurethane for protection.  The body was hand painted in a sage green chalk paint (thanks Karin) and glazed in dark brown to accentuate the lovely details.

This table was made by Century, a luxury furniture maker in Hickory, North Carolina.  Company representative Debbie Miller said this table was from their Chandelle line created from Fall 1969 – Fall 1979 and was made of oak veneers and oak exposed solids.

When the leaf is added, the 40″ round table becomes a rounded 58″ rectangle shaped table.  (Originally their were two leaves enlarging the table to 76″).  It’s measurements are:

40″L x 40″W x 29 1/2H 
58″L x 40W x 29 1/2“H

Quite the contrast between the two sides.

 The details make this table all the more charming.

Please contact me if you’d like to have this charmer in your home.

Compare and Contrast

The theme of the day is the power of transformation.  In the back of this photo, you can see the french provincial dresser I blogged about earlier today, showing how paint can renew even a severely neglected piece of furniture.

One side of this lovely french provincial table has been stripped while the other is unchanged.  Originally I thought I wouldn’t have to strip the top, just clean it thoroughly.  When that plan didn’t work, I turned to my environmentally friendly Citistrip.  I only had enough for one side, thus this dramatic photo.   Years of gunk were erased, revealing the natural wood’s beauty.

Custom Order Furniture

If you see an unfinished piece that you like or have your own furniture that needs refreshing, I can custom paint it for you.

Here are two items I haven’t gotten to yet.  I love this French Provincial table and two chairs.  The table has a leaf, which will allow it to fit six comfortably.  Reupholstering the chairs and a new paint scheme will make this setting adorable.

cynthia weeks © 2012

cynthia weeks © 2012

cynthia weeks © 2012

I love this funky octagon table with space in the middle for magazines, toys, any number of items.  Imagine it painted in a bright green or mellow yellow.  It will go in any room of your house. 

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