Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Painted French Console. Paris Grey with White Trim

I love that paint can transform this 

Lilyfield Life Console before painting

to this

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

The power of paint still amazes me (in the same way I love that flour can be transformed to bread, cakes and pastry). What can I say, I'm a fan of simple things!

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

I painted this lovely shaped French style console in Annie Sloan Paris Grey with some Pure White to highlight the details. I then distressed it and gave it a few coats of Clear Wax. I then sanded and buffed for a lovely sheen.

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

I think the painted details of this console are just very lovely and I'll be happy if this doesn't sell too quickly.  Dimensions are 1m wide by 80cm tall and 34cm wide. Send me an email if you are interested in purchasing it.

It was lovely to paint a piece of furniture that didn't give me any grief! It's been a tough few weeks with some tricky pieces, LOL.

The two glass decanters on the top of the console are vintage Kluk Kluk Decanters designed in the mid 1960s by Jacob E Bang for Danish designers Holmegaard. They are also called Glug Glug decanters, for the sound they make when pouring. They are hand blown and show the skill of a master glass-blower. Each column is hollow blown and there must have been a large failure rate where the upper part of the decanter collapsed. I had given the clear one to Mum and Max for their wedding and so when we were dividing everything back I brought it home. And then a few weeks ago Dad gave me the green one which had been his and Mum's (probably a wedding present for them also) and I had always loved it as a small girl so Dad thought I should have it also. It's funny how things happen like that. To have both of them here now together.  I've teamed them with a vintage soda syphon that was mum's. The clock was a birthday present from my sister in law (you can buy it at The Works or Bed Bath n Table) and the lavender is in a beautiful old pot I bought from Sandy of Paint Me White.  I could have sold this pot a hundred times over but I'm not parting with it. I love it too much.  The gumtree painting you see in one of the above photos is by artist John Downton. It's a little damaged and I've got to sort out how to fix it, hence it's out of it's frame. On my huge to do list.

Have a good day. 
Fiona xx

Lilyfield Life Paris Grey French Console

31 comments:

  1. Fiona,
    As always, another gorgeous piece! The distressing and highlight of white really shows off the beautiful curves..Good to hear it wasn't a challenging project. It's nice when they behave the way they are supposed to! :)
    I have a few French style tables in inventory. I hope you don't mind if I "Pin" this for inspiration...

    Robin

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    1. my pleasure Robin, thank you very much for your kind words and support always. Fiona

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  2. Such a beauty! The intricate detail is amazing...and your refurbish highlighted it all so well.. ;)
    -Heather
    www.stringtownhome.net

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  3. Oh Fiona - it's amazing - completely Chateau Chic now -
    Paris grey and white are my go to colors and the ones that sell the quickest ( until recently Red is making a splash in my world too lol )
    Beautiful transformation!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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  4. I absolutely adore this table! GORGEOUS!!!

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  5. love it! what a great little table and the paint is perfect.

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    1. thanks Mimi, i'm delighted with both finding the table and how it turned out. love it when that happens

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  6. Ohhhhh, it's breathtaking. Love it. You are so clever.

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  7. I just adore that table Fiona,,,,I wish I lived in Sydney, I would come and take it off your hands quick smart!

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    1. thanks Roberta, i think i'm going to have to keep it!

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  8. Wow, Fiona, it's stunning. I love that you can do this with paint. Not everyone can. You are very talented!
    Beth x

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  9. Can I just say how much I enjoy looking at all of your painted furniture?! I have literally sat for hours looking at everything you have done. The pieces you have painted are gorgeous. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Christy, your comment made my day xx

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  10. This looks stunning - you're a clever cookie.

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  11. So gorgeous Fiona, and I always love all the 'bits and pieces' that you share with your furniture.

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    1. thanks Catherine - I love a good story of an item xx

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  12. It turned out gorgeous, I love the color! Found you linked up at French Country Cottage!

    Fotini

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    1. thank so much Fotini, I lvoe Paris Grey also.

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  13. Gorgeous! It's the perfect amount of chippiness ;)
    Jamie @ Better With Age

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  14. This is one gorgeous piece... I would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events... http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/07/share-it-one-more-time-features-and_20.html Hope to see you there...Tammy

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  15. Fiona, it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-60.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. I have just found your blog today! I am planning on painting three pieces of my mum's furniture that I can't part with, but don't suit our new modern apartment. Can you please tell me, if I am using chalk paint, and I sand and prime -- if the end result I want is distressed/French -- I know I need to lightly sand on the edges etc, but my question is do I paint one colour first then a coat of white over the top so when the edges are distressed back the first paint colour shows through? I would like the pieces white, but with a silvery/grey showing in the sanded places. Also where do get your mouldings from? Are they timber or plaster? Just attach with glue or anything tricky. Also (sorry! so many questions) can I use neutral wax over white chalk paint without it yellowing or something else? Thanks for any help you can throw my way. Cheers, Karen

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    1. thank you Karen, If you are using chalk paint there is no need to sand and prime. but by all means go ahead and do that if you want. I often do a French look with out distressing , you will just need to work out what look you want. Have a look through my portfolio and for sale page to look at different pieces. I personally don't like that look with one colour peaking through another colour. That is something you will have to decide for yourself. Not being too helpful am I? sorry. it all depends on what look you are wanting. I bought my mouldings a while ago and the shop isn;t around anymore. but I will be importing some and selling some soon on my blog. The ones i will be selling are carved timber. They just glue on. Have a look at my tutorial page for the link on waxes as it has so much info on it. http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/p/tutorials.html that will answer your wax questions. hope that helps somewhat. If you find the furniture on my blog of the look you want then you read the associated blog post i usually talk through how i achieved that look. that should guide you. Paint is a wonderful way to update your furniture. good luck with it. please let me know if you have any more questions or what I have said above doesn't answer fully.
      cheers Fiona

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    2. Karen -one more thing what - what might work for you is to use a grey tinted primer and then white paint over the top? (but that wouldn't give silver just grey) just a thought. cheers Fiona

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