Thursday, November 6, 2014

Colonial Style Frenchified



 
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I would be interested in some furniture that she was just about to post for sale on Craigslist.  Lucky me!  Of course I jumped on the offer.  She and her husband even insisted on delivering the pieces to my home!  Well I think that was the easiest furniture purchase I have ever made!  Right away I knew that I wanted to put a French spin on this traditional Colonial style desk, mirror and chair!     
 
 
For this soft grey I mixed approximately 3 parts Pure White to 1 part French Linen.  Each piece received 2 coats of this custom mix.  Next, I accented details with Old White and Gold Gilder's Wax.  I really would have loved to trade out the hardware for some French Provincial pulls, but it just wasn't in the budget for this piece.
 
 
After some light distressing, I sealed the new finish with Annie Sloan's Clear and Dark waxes.
 
 
The desk and mirror had plenty of detail but the chair was lacking.  I paid a visit to my very dear friend Phyllis at The Purple Pear this week and picked up a few appliques including this lovely pair of flourishes.  Another friend had commented that the mirror that came with the desk and chair looked like it had wings!  I thought to myself, "how fun would it be to add a set of wings to the back of the chair?"
 
 
As you may have noticed, I trimmed up the appliques just a bit to make them more wing-like.  I am pretty much smitten with my Frenchy applique wings.  I will be on the lookout for more furniture to add wings to!
 
 
The desk top was almost pristine and a really nice, thick piece of mahogany...no veneer!  I just lightly sanded a few spots and gave it a good coat of wax. 
 
 
These pieces will be on their way to Camas Antiques next week for the big annual
 
 
I can't wait to give my booth a fresh and festive overhaul!
 
 
 Thank you for your sweet visit!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 

25 comments:

Alison Agnew said...

Great job-I love the soft blue/gray color and distressed finish. Like a whole new piece! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Alison! And thanks for hosting each week! I always look forward to linking up! :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That turned out just lovely! I love what you did with the back of the chair. Always love seeing a new post from you. Have a great Friday!

Victoria Kirton said...

That is like my favorite color combination ever! Don't you just love appliques? I love the wings idea. I have been wanting to take wood curving class just so I can add wings to chairs.

Marigene said...

Your desk and chair came out beautifully.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Bobbi Jo Voelker said...

Turned out beautifully! Love the color, goes perfect with the style. Great job!

Curtains in My Tree said...

that is gorgeous

Maureen said...

You've added just the right amount of 'bling'! It all looks gorgeous!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Your pieces came out great-love friends like yours, they are the best!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you so much, Sandy! Have a wonderful weekend!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you, Victoria! Yes, I am looking at furniture in a whole new way now that I have a great resource for beautiful appliques! Enjoy your weekend!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you so much, Marigene!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you, Bobbi Jo!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you so much! Enjoy your weekend!

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you! I am loving a bit of gold these days! :)

Girl in Pink said...

Thank you, Darrielle! Yes, thoughtful friends are great to have! Enjoy your weekend!

The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful!

Pamela said...

Beyond beautiful Amanda! Always love seeing your creations. Hope your week is going well and thanx for sharing at THT!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the redo, Amanda! Especially the elements your added to the chair! You are featured this week at Ivy and Elephants, feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.
Hugs,
Patti

Suzan Sweatman said...

Just beautiful !!!
I'm in the process of painting a vanity - and adding an applique - hope it turns out 1/4 as gorgeous as this did !!!
xxx

Amanda said...

Thank you, Sherry!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, Pamela! I appreciate you hosting your fun party as well! Looking forward to linking up next week!

Amanda said...

Hi Patti! Thank you!! What an honor to be featured at your lovely party! I got behind with blogging this week but will be back with a post to link up next week! Thanks again for the feature! Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda said...

You are too kind, Suzan! I am sure your vanity will be stunning! Have fun! Happy painting!

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love this so much, I featured it as a Friday Favorite! Hope you stop by and see. Happy Thanksgiving!

Robin
http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2014/11/friday-five-fabulous-furniture-features_21.html