A little French Grey to start your Day

Happy Monday!  Hope your family is healthy and well.  The “BUG” is still hanging around here, mostly with Mr. Red, aka Travis.  Poor child, it seems to be migrating through his system, on to school, home from school, on to school, home from school.  We are home again today, hopefully for both of us, this is the last day!  So far, keep your fingers crossed, I have escaped, “Le Bug”.

On a happier note……Paris Flea Market this weekend was a huge success.  It was so much fun to see the entire store decked out for the holidays, and see friends who had come just for our special event.  I mentioned last week I had sold three pieces on opening night, so I was anxious to get my space restocked ASAP.  I was unloading some furniture before my shift on Friday, and some customers noticed I had some things coming out of my van.  I sold a table before I could even get it all the way out!!  One of my fellow “fleas”, graciously grabbed the tag and ran it up front, then ran back with a sold sign.  It never even made it into the store!

I had so much fun with this project, it was a basic, dark fakey cherry stained sofa table I had purchased last year.  (Cannot remember where).  This is what it looked like before.  Love the shape and the three drawers:

I envisioned a very rustic French Chateau look, and I knew just the formula to help me achieve this.  I began with one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White, thoroughly covered every inch of it.  When this was dry, I painted the next coat with CeCe Caldwell’s Seattle Mist, thinned out so it would spread easily, and NOT cover every part I was painting.  Remember, rustic here, not perfect.  NOTE:  Something amazing that sets CeCe Caldwell’s paints apart from other Chalk paints is that it has TWO types of clay in it, in addition to the Chalk base.  This results in a beautiful variegated color of the paints when brushed on, then burnished with either sand paper, or A BROWN PAPER BAG!  Yep, you can do this with a Brown Paper Bag too.  I will be writing much more about this beautiful feature of my beloved paint soon!

When this dried, which was in about an hour, even with all the moisture in the air!  I mixed about a Tablespoon of CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax with a few drops of Modern Master’s Coffee Brown Colorant.  CeCe Caldwell’s makes a wonderful Aging wax, but sometimes I like to mix my own for even more aging effects. I sanded the entire piece with a 320 grit paper, then went over the edges, very lightly, with a damp rag.  Yep, that’s right, a damp rag!  You can distress this paint, and take off one layer at a time, with just a damp rag.  You can’t do this with any other paint.  Just one more thing that makes CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and Clay based paints so unique.

Now that I had the finish the way I wanted it, I waxed the entire piece with Clear Wax, then went back over, WHILE the wax was still wet and added my dark wax to the edges, etc.  Then I took a blending brush  (A large chip brush that I cut the bristles down very short), and blended the Dark Wax in with the Clear Wax.  When the wax was dry, I buffed the heck out of it.

I added La Petit Crystal knobs that I got from my favorite boutique.  Home Depot!

I added a little holiday flare for fun….

Stood above it to try to get a shot of the top, the light was NOT cooperating this day!

And my table was being so very….”capricieux”!!  So I put it in front of a white curtain.

Then just gave up and took it outside for some fresh air.

I would have loved to have seen this table in my space, but I loved it even more that it sold so fast!

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  1. says

    Popped over rom MMS. Love that table AND how nicely it looked outside your home, a lovely “match”. Love the red door /gray stone of your home too. Back to your blog now to see if you have more home exterior photo’s!!

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