Getting that French Look

My heart goes pitter patter over the french look.  I love it.  It’s weathered, worn, and cozy, but somehow still elegant.  I have been experimenting a lot with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.  It lends itself well to the look of french decor, because it’s so easy to achieve that weathered appearance.  This isn’t a blog post advertising for Annie Sloan’s products (as if she needed my assistance), the product certainly has its limitations.  It is not a material that creates depth of interest in a piece of furniture.  It is somewhat of a one dimensional finish.  What you see is what you get kind of thing, but I like that sometimes.  I don’t think this product was created to achieve the look of a Habersham piece.  It was created to serve a simple, lovely purpose…and I think it does it’s job well.  You can always spruce the flatness of the product up a bit with wax and foils, so I thought I would give it a shot with this consignment store piece.  How cool and handsome is this little boy…I mean side table! 


Another reason to love chalk paint:  a two year old can paint with it.  Chalk paint is dry (aka: chalky…duh, am I impressing you with my expertise), flat, and quick drying.  It doesn’t do that sticky, tacky thing that latex paint does.

I added some metallic foil bling to the edges.  Whenever considering bling or no bling, always go with bling.  Just ask my Caroline, and she will tell you.  She is such a wise girl for only being 5 years old.  Last week she informed me that she was “a big fan of Taylor Swift and God”.  Oh how I love her.

Didin’t she turn out all frenchy and lovely?  I should give her a name.

I love the lines of this piece.

Another great place I love to check out is Wisteria.  They have lots of french pieces that I try and copy.

See.  I even like mine better than theirs.Some more eye candy from Wisteria:

And lastly, Annie Sloan does have a book out about getting that French look.  It’s an affordable purchase and I think a handy addition to any one’s collection that enjoys painting furniture.  OK, so maybe this was a post advertising for Annie Sloan’s products.  I’m sure she will be calling me tomorrow to thank me.

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  1. You are such a talented girlie! Love how your side table turned out! Beautious! I love how you know exactly what your style is and then run with it. Everything you touch turns out so pretty!

  2. Nancy (Mom) says:

    He is so handsome, I mean the table. Another great job, I wish you lived my me. Maybe I’ll dig something up this weekend for you to play with?

  3. Love the side table…fantastic job! Your cute little helper is quite adorable too! BTW…I noticed your wood wick candles…don’t ya just love them?! Mine have burned out and seeing yours makes me want to run out and replenish! Happy Tuesday :)

  4. Amy, I’m so glad I discovered your blog through Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. I, too, love the French look. Your trumeau is beautiful. Did you make it?

  5. Cute table! I’m going to head over to check out that Wysteria site! Looks awesome!


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