French Impressions Part III

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The Nightstands – His and Hers

his and hers nighstandsThe room is slowly transforming as I paint the furniture with  a French Influence in mind – inspired by Betty Lou Phillips’ books. I shared with you earlier the initial transformation of the dresser and then of the bed in Part I and Part II.

French Influence Part 1 & 2I used the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in French Enamel as the base color to each night stand and decided to have a slight difference in the two – to distingquish his from hers.

in the foreground is another project - repairing and reupholstering the settee

in the foreground is another project – repairing and reupholstering the settee

His nightstand is on the left and mine is on the right next to the Lady’s Dressing table I painted a few years back.

French Influences his nightstand 2Dearests was the first nightstand I painted – I added stencilling on the drawers using ivory, gold and blue colors. Each of the tables were treated with the Antiquing Wax.

French Influence silvered nightstandMy nightstand received a different treatment on the drawer faces and on the decorative trim on the bottom. I painted the drawer faces with the homemade chalk paint that I used on the bed. Then I sprayed Looking Glass Paint onto the drawers wishing to almost have a mirrored effect, but received a lovely silvered effect. I then stencilled over this using ivory, silver and blue paint. I also sprayed the drawer handles.

French Influence - lamp on tableThe transformation didn’t stop there. I had a lamp that was a painted porcelain lamp with a pink shade. It worked well before, but for this transformation I wanted something – more French. I called my dear friend Maria at Rooms U Love. I have shared her house before – I described a lamp I saw in Betty Lou Phillips’ book. She didn’t have anything like it, so I decided to take the book to her to show her and to see if she had anything comparable.

IMG_6559_2As I was showing Maria the pictures – there are several in the book just like this one, I noticed behind her this sweet lamp with glass and a brass cherub on a marble pedestal. That was it! Perfectly feminine and perfectly French.

French Influence III lampI took some of the Antiquing Wax to tone down the brass on the base and on the cherub.

French Influences iII lamptabletop willow tree figureTo the left of the lamp I placed treasures I have kept on my nightstand – gifts from Dearest.

French Influence III pill boxesBefore the lamp I arranged my pill box collection – love their Victorian sweetness.

French Influence III bedviewThe room is coming together and developing sort of a domino effect. The transformation of the nightstands led to a new lamp. The color of the nightstands and the decorative parts of the dresser will lead me to sew new window coverings for a side window and the one leading to Dearest’s office. and so on.

French Influences III his nightstandI am not sure how many ‘Parts’ this transformation is going to involve – I should probably combine a couple from this point on .

quote from Betty Lou Phillips' book

quote from Betty Lou Phillips’ book

I am sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:

Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Open House @ Bernideen’s Teatime blog

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life





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