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:

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

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

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  2. 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!

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

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  3. 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.

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    1. 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!

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

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

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    1. Thank you so much! Enjoy your weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  10. 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

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    1. 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!

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  11. 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

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

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  12. 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

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Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!