Category: french provincial (page 1 of 4)

Playful Purple Metallic Home Office

I was recently asked to custom paint two pieces for a new home office.  I love the furniture my client selected, which have been in my inventory for some time.   The armoire, which will be used for storage, has eye catching details while the french provincial vanity, to be used as a desk, has wonderful lines.  She wanted both pieces painted in a metallic purple,  created by combining an eggplant color with silver metallic paint.

Painted in metallic silver and glazed, the armoire’s embellishments create a sense of glamour.  I discovered  these knobs a few years ago and they are perfect with the armoire and vanity.

The entire armoire is glazed in a mixture of black latex and gold metallic paint.

My client will add shelves to the armoire, expanding its storage capacity.

The french provincial vanity before its makeover.

The drawer pulls were converted to knobs.

My client wanted the desk top to be painted black and then distressed to show the metallic purple and the various accent colors underneath.

The original gold detail on the piece was enhanced.

I really enjoy when my client’s expand my palette horizon.  Purple metallic is a unique choice but it works wonderfully!

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

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.

 

Grey & White French Provincial Dresser

If you follow my posts, then you know that I often forget to take “before” photos in my eagerness to start a new project.  While the  grey and white dresser is tall with five drawers rather than wide like the dresser below, they are the same style so  you have an idea of what the dresser looked like “before” its rebirth.

fp restore buffet before

Thanks to friends and acquaintances, I’m often asked if I want a piece of furniture that they don’t use anymore, sometimes I’m lucky enough to get it for free, although I generally pay for the furniture.   A few years ago I worked in a coffee shop and purchased this dresser from one of the co-owners.

below front shot

I love it when I have plenty of paint in my supply closet to choose from so I opted for Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint for the body and Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Paint in White Dove for the trim pieces.  The paints are so very different and I realized that I prefer to use BM’s Advanced Paint, not only because it goes on smoothly, but I know that the piece has the toughest latex paint on the market.

drawer close up

If you are planning on distressing a piece, there is nothing better to use than Chalk Paint.  You can use traditional sandpaper or a wet cloth works well too for distressing.

side view

Because of the interesting lines on most french provincial pieces, I often opt to glaze them with Martha Stewart’s Coffee glaze, which has metallic flakes in it to subtly illuminate those places the glaze took hold.

front shot

This piece will be for sale at the Plaid Rabbit in the Village of East Davenport later this week.

Luscious Lime Green Bedside Table & Wood Box Accessories

Here is the final bedroom piece that I recently completed for my teenage client (who’s adorable).  In the middle of this project, I was gone five weekends in a row as well as a number of work days, but my client and her parents were understanding and patient.  What dream clients!

bedside before

Originally we were going to paint this piece off-white since there is a lot of color with the teal dresser, eggplant vanity and teal and off-white bed frame.  My client’s mother was concerned that the off-white would look lost, which was an excellent point.   The fun vanity stool fabric has lots of colors to choose from but lime green was the most playful.  (The actual color didn’t reproduce well in these photos).

top view bedside table_edited-1

Like the other bedroom set pieces, I glazed this piece to bring out the wonderful details.  I especially love the grills in the cabinet doors, which are original as are the cabinet door knobs.  The drawer knob matches the middle drawer knobs on the teal dresser.

subject break

I know I took before photos of these pieces, but darn if I can’t find them, so you only get the after pictures.

boxes

I love older wood pieces like these three.  It was fun to breath new life into them.

toolbox

This wonderful old tool box will be used by my client’s bed for books, magazines and probably a few other things as well.  The wood on the handle and inside of the tool box received an application of Danish Oil in Natural to give it a boost.

Orange Jewelry Box

This fun piece will be used as a jewelry box and will reside on top of the teal dresser, which will look fabulous.  My client choose a fun orange chenille bed spread, which this piece should play off well.

yellow blue box

This is the only piece that isn’t part of the bedroom set makeover.  My client’s mother had this piece painted although I’m not sure where in the house she’s going to put it to work.

Just loved working on this project with this lovely family.

 

 

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