It’s custom jobs like this that make me a tad jealous to be painting pieces for someone else. This gorgeous set of ornate carved nest of tables is probably the nicest set I have seen for a very long time. The details on this set made them the perfect candidate for a bit of a paint make over and french vintage transformation.
The client chose to go with a grey and white colour scheme that I suggested and I was super excited to start painting and see these babies transformed!!
I chose to try a new paint by Porters Paints called Chalk Emulsion. The colour I chose is a Parisienne esque grey called Elegance. I opened the tin and got painting. The paint is not thick so your brush doesn’t need much watering down. The coats go on well and it dries very fast. It has lovely coverage and I got a great finish with 3 coats. The porters paint is really easy to work with and has great adhesion. It is a bit fumy so I would recommend using it in a well ventilated area and try to avoid getting the paint on your skin. It is a great furniture paint however and is easy to use for the novice and the experienced painter, its pretty kind on the brush strokes too.
Once I had painted all three in the grey I grabbed a tin of Annie Sloan old white Chalk Paint and painted all the raised carved areas. Once that was done I sanded all the pieces with a very fine grit sand paper to smooth out the finish and then used a medium grit paper to distress and highlight areas.
Next I grabbed my divinely french pear scented waxes (light and dark) by L’essentiel and waxed the pieces and aged them with the dark wax.
They turned out just perfect
Infact I don’t really want to give them back 😛
Take a look at that awesome carved detail, I just love how the white makes those areas stand out and the dark wax adds that natural aged effect!!
I think these are just french vintage perfections … what are your thoughts??