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Sunday, 13 January 2013

fleur de lis

 Okay, fine, I admit it I am french crazy, there, I said it...  happy now?

I don't know what it is, maybe it's their years of perfecting it, but the french have style... they just do...

What does the above admission have to do with, well, anything... I'm getting to that:

I have been a little uninspired lately in the furniture department... I have all these pieces taking up real estate in my basement, just waiting for me to get in the mood (the furniture painting mood) and I just haven't been. With all our house renovations (more on that later), Christmas, New Years, and basically any other excuse I can dig up; I just have not been painting.

Today I went down to assess the pile... I stood there, staring for a long, long time (this is how I work, so if you ever see me blankly staring don't be alarmed I'm actually working...).  Then it came to me, all at once I was in a manic state paintbrush in hand...

And voila, my latest creations were born:

First Up:
plant stand/pedestal table; available at Old Strathcona Antique Mall, booth 202

plant stand
  1. I painted the plant stand using homemade chalk paint (plaster of paris mixed with flat paint)
  2. I used my fleur de lis stamp on the top and created a pattern
  3. I distressed and sealed the table top using clear coat (non-yellowing) varathane.

Next Up:
side table; available at booth 105, Rocky Mountain Antique Mall

side table
  1. I painted this table using white homemade chalk paint as the base coat
  2. I used a dry brushing technique to apply a few different shades of white paint onto the table 
  3. I used the same fleur de lis stamp to create another pattern on the door and drawer fronts
  4. I lightly sealed the whole piece using clear coat varathane. 

So there you have it my 2 newest tables.

Oh and just ignore the obvious signs of renovating and poor photo quality - I have no patience to "stage" these days. The best I could do was make sure the dogs were out of the pictures and attempt a little photo monkey magic...

Anyone else out there holding off on projects until the right inspiration hits????

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Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

The tables are lovely and I like the aged look to the fleur de lis. Thanks also for the kind comment on my badge clip scarf organizer.

felechia said...

I like it! Hello from Regina! Found you from MMS. I have a kitchen table that may be getting a Gallic makeover :) Felechia

Deanne Langford said...

the fleur de lis make these pieces pop!

Gail Wilson said...

how fun that you used a stamp on these tables!
they both look great.

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