A French Provincial Bedroom Set
My dear friend, Shannon, and her husband recently purchased a beautiful old home in a great and trendy little neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio.
While preparing to make the move from a smaller condo to their beautiful home, she reached out and told me she was looking to purchase french provincial style night stands for their master bedroom. Shannon had a particular color scheme in mind for their bedroom; black, white and grey. She also knew she wanted the night stands painted and asked if I would be willing to do this for her. Of course I said yes!
It was fun to go back and forth with design idea and furniture emails. Based on pictures she was sending my way I started to shop around. I found a full french provincial furniture set on Craigslist and rushed to forward the link to her. She contacted the owner. Shannon and her husband took a 30 minute trip to look at the furniture and lo and behold, they loved the furniture and bought the set!
This set was very pretty to begin with, but it didn’t match her bedroom color scheme. They painted their bedroom walls a light grey and created an accent wall with a gorgeous dark charcoal grey and white wallpaper.
In the meantime, the sanding started!
We agreed on a medium grey and we went with chalk paint because Shannon wanted something more matte than glossy. I bought a quart of smokey grey American Paint Company chalk paint and I went to work.
We also agreed that the hardware would pop against the grey if I spray painted it white.
I loved it!
This bedroom set had a very glossy finish so I sanded that, too. I wanted to be sure the paint would adhere well to the furniture, but you don’t normally need to sand surfaces when using chalk paint. I applied two coats of the smokey grey paint and sanded in-between each coat. This smooths the gritty texture of the paint, adding a little water to the paint helps too.
Because of the lines of the furniture it seemed natural to sand a little more in areas where it would create a bit of an aged look.
I applied two coats of clear wax to each piece, and used a clean cloth to buff after each coat.
Shannon is happy and we’re happy! Thank you, Shan!
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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