Thursday, September 15, 2011

French Provincial Dining Table and Chairs

I am trying to get back on track with  blogging.  LOTS going on around here lately.  In addition to life with kids, husband, dog, school, sports....Artichoke Alley has expanded to include a sister business, The Back Alley!  Artichoke Alley will continue to offer vintage and antique treasures that have been refabbed for today's families while The Back Alley is going to focus on providing furniture, accessories, and salvage items awaiting the makeover opportunities!  We have been very busy trying to get both Artichoke and The Back Alley refreshed and full of irresistable treasures!  We also hope to make some changes to this little blog and our Facebook page..plans in the works!  Thank you for hanging with us as we make all these changes.  THANKS!

With all that being said, I thought I'd share one of our recent projects. This table and chair set was divine in it's time but...as the gold velvet upholstery and gold flecks indicated, it was time for a make over!

After removing the cushions, the whole set got a good scrubbing.  I then primed twice and painted the whole set in a gorgeous cream that was a mix of several almost empty cans of cream, taupe, and whites.  The color of the paint is not too far off from the original (MINUS the gold flecks) but makes everything looks fresh, clean, and ready for a whole new life! 

Although I loved the color, I wanted to add a very light antique glazing for some extra depth.  I kept it light and mostly just let it settle in the cracks and crevices and slighter alter the color in some of the high spots.  And to finish it off, I used polycrylic on the table top for extra strength and portection. 

Then it was time to tackle those gold babies...Not too long ago I found a bolt of Waverly linen fabric that is very traditional and beautiful; the perfect compliment to this French Provincial set!




I seriously debated on keeping this one! 

Have a fabulous day!
Lisa

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