Thursday, May 21, 2015

Striped French Provincial Style Dresser

If you are looking for a used piece of furniture you are likely to run into one that mimics the popular French Provincial style with its bow front, curved legs and ornate pulls. They are also often painted in white, cream or a selection of pastel colours that would be a characteristic of that style. I crossed paths with a few of them too and dressed them in deep blue, yellow and grey, but never in stripe and I thought it was about time to do that too. Striping a piece of furniture can be tedious work as, if you want the stripe to be straight without any bleeds, you need to measure, tape, press and then hope you have done all the steps correctly so that when you pull the tape off, the line would stay crisp and clean. Working with good quality paint helps too, as paint that is too runny will find the way under the tape and thick paint will look goopy and lumpy. In this case I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, that is just perfect for the job. This product has amazing consistency, has no odour and comes in a selection of colours that can easily be mixed with each other to create a completely new colour. I started off with Graphite at the bottom, pulled a stripe in Duck Egg, followed by Antibes Green and French Linen. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint adheres easily to metal too and by painting out the ornate pulls I have made them blend with the background which gave the piece a more contemporary look.
The dresser is now available in my Etsy store and hope it finds a new home soon.

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