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.
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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