Friday, March 25, 2016

A pretty French console

Hello lovelies - I hope you are all enjoying your Easter break. What is it about Easter and rain? Although it's stopped sprinkling now it's all gloomy in Sydney. I can't remember an Easter where it's not been raining. Anyway it means we will have a nice relaxed weekend at home.

We even had our fire on a few nights ago.

This morning we've gone for a walk and a coffee. Now Phil is doing some work and Jonty has a friend over and they are playing and Sasha is doing some homework - painting the Egyptian desert and Nile onto a drop sheet for a history project.  I've been doing some painting also, a beautiful huge french cabinet and I'm now waiting for the paint to dry. Nice and easy and no deadlines. I love pottering around the house and having a studio at home so I can pop in and work on pieces slowly.

I wanted to share a console that I finished this week. It's just a little thing (1 metre long) but it ended up quite pretty and much nicer than the original dark stain.

I primed it with a tinted primer then gave it two coats of an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint mix. I am not 100% sure of the actual mix as it was mixed a while ago but the main colour is Paris Grey. The colour is a lovely dark limed white. I then painted two coats of white for the details, let the paint dry and then used Annie Sloan Cracqueleur on the white highlights to create a very fine crackle. I'll do a blog post tutorial soon on how to create this effect. I then waxed and dark waxed the entire piece so bring out the details. Of course the piece has also been sanded completely smooth and lightly distressed.

The piece sold immediately on facebook. I love my customers :)

If you want a tutorial on painting details on furniture - this post might be of interest.

have a lovely day
Fiona xx


  1. Gosh Fiona no wonder it sold immediately. Just stunning you clever woman. Have a lovely Easter - hope you put the paintbrush down and get a well deserved break
    Bethany xx

  2. Love, love, Love it!!! Such great details and you enhanced them perfectly!

  3. Lovely! Always inspired by you and your work, Fiona! Have a Great Easter!


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