Antique BERKEY & GAY Country French Louis XVI Floral Marquetry Desk –
High End Used Furniture – Ebay
DREXEL FURNITURE Touraine Collection
French Provincial Thomasville Collections – High End Used Furniture – Ebay
This lovely french Provincial Dresser features a detailed layered paint finish not typically seen on vintage furniture. This chest has what looks to be a blue paint, accented with gold around the drawer frames.
Sold by Karina Gentinetta, an antique dealer in New York, this provincial dresser sure hits it out of the ballpark.
The distressing seen on the wood, and wear over time gives it that antique appearance. As you look closely at some of the photos, the chest does have some dirt which might be just normal use over time. It certainly adds to the overall time-worn appearance.
When painting blue, many people go wrong by just painting the dresser a shade of blue, and calling it a day. Going the extra mile by adding the gold accenting can really push a vintage french provincial dresser from something typical to a dresser that looks to have antique worth and value.
Achieving the antique blue finishes are easier than you think. Often times in the past I have used brighter pastel colors with a darker glaze. The tip here is pastel paint. Brighter colors wouldn’t normally be seen in the 18th century, and no matter how much dark glaze you might use over modern day brighter paint colors, the finish never turns out right. Pastels are typical colors that were associated with Marie Antoinette and commonly seen on Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture. Sticking with antique color palettes will give your furniture an authentic appearance.
Glaze is a combination of binder and pigment. Binder is simply the glue that holds together the paint) Glaze can give a translucent look to a piece of furniture when it is applied over the furniture paint.
In the past I have used simply paint alone, but to be honest it doesn’t do a great job. You really have to be skilled to pull off the look working with paint alone without glaze. It can frustrate you in the end. With the method of working with paint alone as a wash, you have to work quickly with a bucket of water and a cotton washcloth beside you. I paint it on, leave it for a few minutes and wipe it off, and pull the paint around on the surface as it begins to be watered down. It takes a little bit more skill working with regular paint, but the overall effect can be much the same as a glaze.
There are many ways to use Glaze. Ralph Lauren some time ago advertised his glazing techniques at Home Improvement centers as as a way of transforming modern day patterned or tole wallpaper. Glaze can be mixed with any color. Lauren advertised a series of colored glazes and showed through by simply rolling on a layer of glaze it could transform wallpaper.
Painting on glaze and allowing it to dry works terrific with wall finishes, because it builds up a translucent finish that paint alone cannot achieve. With furniture I find glaze works really well by simply painting on the glaze, and after a few minutes working the paint off with a damp cloth gives it the authentic look of dirt building up in the corners over time.
With my green paints, I usually add a dark olive green glaze over top, which is then rubbed off giving it the look that it is old and worn and slightly blue than green.
As you look closely with this french provincial chest by Karina Gentinetta, you can see marks on this chest which gives it an old worn look.
Get some ideas of your own of how to create natural wear by using typical things around your house like the slapping the back of an old shoe with a black sole on the chest or something else that might leave a mark without indenting the chest.
The trick is to create marks that appear sporadic and subtle, and not giving any clue to what tool you used.
I cannot remember where I got these pictures, but they have been sitting in a folder of mine forever, because the paint finish is so beautiful! As you can see this antique chair was painted with a pastel blue, and then finished off with a lighter gray toned blue in the details of the frame. From my opinion, I would go about re-creating this look by starting out with a pastel blue base paint. After it dries, you could use an olive glaze to leave a slight appearance of dirt and patina over time.
Check out the layers of paint and glaze on this chest by Belle Escape
French Provincial Slipper Chairs are tremendously popular because most people feel as though they take up less room than the typical armchair. They are perfect in a living room, office or bedroom as accent chairs.
Todd Alexander Romano sold this lovely Louis XV Style Carved and Painted Slipper chair with a lovely colorful print, showing us how incredibly attractive a vintage re-upholstered chair can look.
Chairs started being developed with upholstery around the mid 1650’s chairs. By the mid 1750’s designers started incorporating beauty and design rather than just chairs that served the basic function only.
During the 18th century, before furniture production began, chairs were being made with even more curves than ever in history. The French had a great effect on the development and evolution of the chair as they truly were were the first ones to develop a lightweight and comfortable chair.
French designers were the first to develop chairs with incredibly ornate frames, while at the same time being comfortable to sit in.
The process of making one chair required an incredible amount of skill and talent. Before the process of mass production the process of making a french chair was extensive and the materials that were required were considerable.
The Louis XV chair required more wood because the chairs frame was curved and was often made out of ONE piece of wood.
Chairs during this time has bow shaped backs and curved legs making the whole process quite involved. The french were one of the first ones to come out with a whole line of upholstered chairs, including arm chairs, wing chairs, slipper chairs, lounge chairs and sleeping chairs.
French chairs are still some of the most fascinating chairs to look at and still some of the most prestigious furniture a person can own. I don’t think we will ever get tired of the French chair.
Louis XV Walnut Duchesse 1750, From Marinni Live Journal Russia
Painting furniture can be an outstandingly satisfying craft. You can find an old, outdated piece and breathe new life into it with a simple color of paint. Once it’s in a new space, it can brighten and invigorate it, adding charm and drama all at the same time.
Sometimes the hardest decision of all is what color to use. When you want to go bold, here are some top color choices to consider.
Emerald green is the hot color of 2013, according to the design industry. It connotes thoughts of riches and a recovering economy, and its lushness can bring a look of jewel luster into your home.
Because neutrals are still popular to decorate with, a splash of bright, bold, emerald green can be a lovely contrast against beiges and tans. Think about painting a chest or end table emerald green and adding some gold or silver accents or hardware. You’ll have a standout piece that will take charge.
It seems red is a classic for painted furniture, one that can last through the years. Every room can hold a bold piece of red painted furniture, and the colors can range from candy apple to deep garnet. Like emerald green, a deep jewel tone will add drama, and a brighter red will add cheer.
Whether it’s a chair, table, or something else, a red accent piece of painted furniture will work well with almost any other color schemes, from neutral palettes to brighter colors ranging from blues to greens to yellows. Red can add freshness, drama, or whatever look you’re going for.
Colors of nature are very in right now, so painting a piece of furniture with the bold tones of blues in nature will be just the thing to do in 2013. Blue can be soothing like the sky, or invigorating like the sea. Choose from any blue shades to create a bold standout piece that will bring the natural world indoors.
Like red, blue tends to work well with most other color palettes and is a wonderful contrast to black and white.
Whereas pink or purple may be too young to place in areas other than girl’s rooms in the home, lavender is like pink all grown-up. A single painted piece of lavender furniture will pop in a room and add that vintage drama that can bring the room to life.
Lavender is a great color to mix with other bold tones, like yellow and green, or use it against a white palette for extreme drama. Have fun with it – go bold – remember, it’s not a kid color anymore!
Yellow is taking off on the runways now, so why not bring it in the home. A bold piece of yellow painted furniture, from chests to chairs to dining tables, will add a fresh new feel to any room.
Yellow can brighten darker areas and works great with natural woods or metallics. Don’t be afraid to go bold – lean towards the canaries, lemons, and golds rather than the softer butter and cream yellows.
Adding that piece of boldly painted furniture to your home will invigorate your home. Take a look around at what you have already; you never know, the very piece you want may already be in your home…just waiting.
Heather Legg is a writer who writes about small businesses and Spokeo removal, the art of creativity and keeping a positive perspective every day.
DE TONGE Provincial Table- Famous French Furniture Manufacture-Coco House, Palm Beach, FL
Wrought Iron Leaf Iron Chandelier In A Happy Yellow- dos gallos
Antique Yellow Painted Wicker Fiddelhead Chair – BG Galleries -Weymouth, MA
French Painted Tole Garden Table – Milord Antiques
Cabinet de curiosités Clément Lafaille, après 1766. Style néoclassique. Muséum d’histoire naturelle de La Rochelle. Source
Yellow Reproduction French Vaisselier- Traditional Home
Yellow Painted Provencal Armoire – Cote Jardin Antiques
Louis XV Painted Buffet – Bremermann Designs
French Commodes – Available Through Cote France
French Painted Buffet Deux Corps- Jean Williams Antiques
Blue Painted French Furniture- European Paint Finishes
Etienne French Painted Furniture
Cote France Tables
Green Painted French Provence Styled Furniture- Available Through Cote France
Louis XV Period Painted Console Table, Bermingham and Co – New York
Red Painted French Louis XV Chest- Cote Jardin Antiques
Custom White Washed Pickled Finish Solid Walnut French Louis XV Chest on Chest – French Furniture – Bucks County on Ebay
Painted Chest – Kiley Fournier
Isn’t this one of the prettiest you have ever seen?
Blue paint nicely contrasts against the yellow tones of pine wood. If you consider replicating this look, work with the cooler tones for your paint colors.
Natural Wood Painted Furniture – Heather Trusty Bruninga
French Provincial furniture has been known for their beautiful lines and timeless looks. Most often vintage french provincial furniture have been produced in sets such as living room sets, dining room sets and bedroom sets, but on the odd occasion, some pieces were manufactured alone.
This desk is unique because I haven’t seen a double pedestal desk in the french provincial style without the wood being painted. With this piece I really loved the wood, and decided to just improve the look giving it an old world finish which would fit into any European or Tuscan style interior.
I find using a natural fiber chip brush which you can get for 2 dollars at your local hardware store always produces the nicest finishes. Natural chip brushes will give you best control when painting with this specific oil paint.
How to Achieve the old world stained look with Artists oil paint:
Mix in a bowl, (preferably a throw away bowl) or line it with aluminum foil) artists oil paint, and a little bit of paint thinner.
(Don’t mix them together, just have both in a bowl)
Brush on the oil on to the wood. You will be able to see what looks good and what looks too thick. If you find the oil is too thick, try using a small (small) amount of paint thinner, on your brush.
(This paint is not meant for furniture, but it produces a spectacular painted old world finish that is hard to attain with regular wood stain. I have found that I put up with the draw backs for the beautiful finish. If you decide to try this, know that the paint take an extra long time to dry. The first time I tried this on my walls, I got impatient and tried to paint a clear plycrylic and I ruined the entire finish, that I had to take paint thinner and scrub it off. If you decide to try this finish instead of sanding down your project and staining it as usual, do have a room where the piece can dry untouched for a good week or so)
I find working in sections very helpful. This is a very quickly working finish. You don’t want to over work the finish, and it helps to have lots of paper towel handy in case you have to wipe the finish down and try again.
It is a dry wipe finish, meaning you are really having to work the brush to spread out the finish on your piece. Be sure your furniture is LIGHTLY sanded, for the oil to stick well.
After it is finished drying over a weeks period, you will want to spray it with a clear sealer.
It is VERY VERY important your first sealant is a spray. I made the mistake of touching my furniture too early and it messed up the entire finish. If you spray your piece, and it isn’t dry, it won’t hurt the finish.
This nightstand was originally a white dixie Hutch dresser. I ditched the hutch and just made them into nightstands. I filled in holes for the original hardware and drilled new holes for these beautiful large french handles. Check out the entire post here.
Country Painted Furniture – Alexa Williams
Country Painted Furniture – Laci Anai Johnson
Country Painted Furniture – Jennie Tinsley
1935 French Provincial Dresser
“This is a beautiful French Provincial highboy dresser newly painted, sealed and antiqued to its original french craftsmanship. “
French Upholstered Chair – Nail Trim
Gorgeous French Blue China Cabinet – $750 (Bessemer)
Located at Alabama Antique Market in Tuscaloosa. Booth #80.
Country Painted Furniture – Navy Blue vramyan on ebay
Vintage French Furniture
French Provincial Buffet CREDENZA Denver Craigslist
Lilac Vintage French Provincial Dresser – Rebranded By Rachael
Vintage French Provincial Escutcheons – Etsy
Sophia Park on Facebook
Tea Rose Chalk Paint- dixiebellepaint.com/
Custom Painted Boudoir Thomasville Vintage 9 Drawer Dresser – Mancini Vintage
French Provincial Farmhouse – Mancini Vintage
French Provincial Style Dining Chairs – Chair My Heart
Credenza – Turquoise / Teal – Provincial Chic Studio
Jacquie Beck – French Headboard
Nora Hicks French Styled Furniture
French Provincial Furniture – Mancini Vintage
Drexel Touraine – Provincial Chic Studio
Vintage End Table in Lilac – Nicole Robertson
Rustic Wall Mirror – French Style With Floral Detail $175 Amazon
Edouard French Provincial Style Console Table – $170 Amazon
French Hand Painted Faience Bretons Large Wall Pocket Vase – French Antic On Ebay
MALICORNE Breton Lidded Tureen Casserole French Hand Painted Faience 19th- French Antic On Ebay
Recliner Designed In A Vintage Style – $250 Amazon
1960s John Widdicomb Wm Burkey Distressed Teal Commode, $1,350.00
Pedestal Accent Table – 13 colors – $30 Amazon
Classic Pull – $3.50 on Amazon
Pack of 5 European Pulls $18 Amazon
Chippy White Painted Cottage Desk – Jodi Crews on FB
White French Provincial Drexel Tall Dresser, $899
French Provincial Armchair – Amazon
Hatherleigh Mirror, 23.5×38-inches $169 Amazon
” This was my grandmothers first bed. Maybe purchased back in the 30’s? Comes with head board and foot board. There is areas where finish is wearing. Could be restored or left as is for a distressed look.” – Amber on facebook in Seattle
Vintage Pair French Louis XVI Round Walnut & Marble Side Tables w/ Brass Gallery $695- Ebay
French Painted Chair – Mairi Bell Jausseran‘s listing on facebook
French Inlaid Desk – $350 Mark Singer Facebook
“Meet “”Arcene”” which means “”silver”” in French. She is truly a unique and simply gorgeous buffet for your glam dining room. Painted in a deep, dark teal and gilded with STERLING SILVER leaf, this piece commands attention and will be a conversation starter for anyone entering your home. This piece was meticulously hand painted and gilded by Heidi Marsh, a Certified Amy Howard Old World Finishes Artisan and Artist in Residence at the Amy Howard at Home company.” Heidi Marsh On Facebook
Ethan Allen Plaid Chair – LA Furniture Ebay
French Trinket Box For A Dresser – French Antic On Ebay
You need four wood boards that are 2 by 12 by 16 inches in size, one wood board that’s 2 by 4 by 56 inches, and one that’s 2 by 12 by 60 inches. The tools and supplies required for this project include a box of 3-inch wood screws with flush trim, wood plugs, wood glue, measuring tape, a screw gun, and multiple fine-grit sanding blocks.
Search for cedar wood or pine when buying lumber for your farmhouse table. These woods are aesthetically appealing, durable enough to withstand years of use, easy to work with, and widely available.
The four 2-inch by 12-inch by 16-inch boards make up the legs of your table. Stand the legs upright on a flat work surface, and grab your measuring tape. Separate two pairs of legs by 56 inches, and make sure the leg pairs are parallel to each other.
Next, place the 2-inch by 12-inch by 60-inch board directly on top of the legs. This piece is the table surface. Make sure the ends of the surface are flush with the top of the table legs. Use a screw gun to carefully drill four flush-trim 3-inch wooden screws through the surface of the table and straight into the end of each leg. Make sure the legs are secure and not wobbly.
Read more of this instructional guide at Ebay.com
Anna Fiechter who lives in Saugerties, NY took a plain sidetable, and transformed it into something spectacular. I believe her style is inspired by the shape of furniture that you would see during the French Renaissance.
For this piece she used General Finishes Lamp Black, Aubusson Blue,Barcelona, Primer Red, Provence, Pure White. The horses she said were are image transfers.
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The white floral painted details really adds character to this piece
The style of the pillows work perfectly with this piece
The horse transfer really gives this piece an extra wow factor.