Monday, August 13, 2012
French Country Style, Painting Wicker..what else can I paint.
In our den I keep my French collectibles and antique wicker. It is a very relaxing sitting room. Recently when I was visiting my favorite French decorating shop in Victoria, called French Vanilla, the owner of the shop had collaborated with A French Touch and is now selling the wonderful paints called Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint. You might like to visit both of their blogs and find out more about the paint. I picked out an antique white can and painted my antique folding wicker table I had bought a few years ago. The bottom photo shows what the top looked like before I painted it, I wanted to preserve the lovely rusty legs but really thought the top would look better fixed up a little. I gave it two coats of the antique white which went on beautifully and was so lovely to use. Then I applied a couple of coats of their clear wax that is used for protection and because the chalk paint is dull. I was very pleased with the results. I didn't antique the paint because it already looked antique. This paint also comes in small jars and would be perfect for miniatures, I'm looking forward to finishing my country farm house mini bedroom with this paint too. I have mostly white mini wicker in the room and just have the bed to finish and I will show photos. You can also mix paint in with the wax to achieve various stain results which is great, especially for minis. I keep looking around to see what else I can paint.. I've got so many ideas now. Inside our old kitchen cupboards would look very refreshing white too!
On the top of the finished table you can see a couple of my favorite china painted antique cups. I made the pillow sitting on the chair from antique lace and an iron on transfer of antique roses for the center. The other pillows are lovely embroidered pillow cases.