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FRENCH COUNTRY FINISHES

2019

· French Country,Decorating,DIY

FRENCH COUNTRY FINISHES

I am so excited to be here today with you discussing one of my passions in life - aging things and making furniture gorgeous with a fresh finish!

Your going to be amazed on how easy these finishes are. I can guarantee you that you'll want to do them on all sorts of things - including home decor.

What you can expect here today:

DARE TO DISTRESS A WHITE PIECE OF FURNITURE

HOW TO APPLY GOLD LEAF

HOW TO CREATE A WHITE CHIPPY LAYERED PAINT FINISH

DRY BRUSH FINISH

MAKING DRAWER LINERS

WAX PAPER TRANSFER

DARE TO DISTRESS A WHITE PIECE OF FURNITURE

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Here, you'll see how easy it is to create a look like this.

MATERIALS:

White latex paint

Palm Sander

Spray matte clear

Step 1. Using a flat white paint, paint two coats on your piece. When painting a dresser or something else with drawers, it's easier to remove the drawers - paint the dresser - then come back and paint the drawers.

Step 2. Using a palm sander with a medium grit sandpaper, begin distressing your pieces starting with the areas that get worn naturally. Then go over the entire piece till your happy with it.

Step. Final step is protecting your finish. I always use spray clear matte finish.  

Pretty easy right? Let's get a little more creative.

HOW TO APPLY GOLD LEAF

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Leafing comes in GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE

The beauty behind using leafing on just the details of a piece is to accent them. Usually these areas are antiqued and then sanded a little bit to further add age to the piece.

MATERIALS:

The leafing you've chosen

Leafing glue

Soft large brush

Spray matte clear

Step 1. Apply a thin coat of leafing glue to the details in your piece and allow it to become tacky. This will take a few minutes.

Step 2. Now you can take a sheet of your leafing and carefully lay it over the glue. Using a soft brush, begin to brush over the area you just leafed to remove any loose leafing.

Step 3. Continue working in areas of your piece until you've leafed all of the details.

Step 4. Once your done leafing all of your details, you can protect your new gorgeous finish with a few coats of spray matte clear coat.

HOW TO CREATE A WHITE CHIPPY LAYERED PAINT FINISH

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I've rewritten these instructions.

MATERIALS:

A dark stain of your choice

White latex paint

Second color of your choice in latex paint

Plaster of Paris

Chipped bristle brush

White glue

Spray Matte Clear coat

Step 1. Apply a dark stain because I didn't want bright new wood peeking through the paint I was about to put on.

Step 2. Now we'll mix your white latex paint with plaster of paris to make a chalk like finish.

The ratio in doing this is 80% PAINT - 20% PLASTER OF PARIS

The consistency should be like peanut butter.

Step 3. Using a bristle brush, begin to brush on your thick white paint mixture. You don't need to be nice and neat - just brush it on. Isn't this FUN. Allow this to partially dry.

Step 4. Now we'll mix your second color like we did with the white paint. Pouring your paint into a container 80% and adding 20% of plaster of paris. AND WE'RE OFF AND RUNNING.

Step 5. Now we can brush on your second color using your same bristol brush. Allow to partially dry.

THIS PHOTO SHOULD ACTUALLY SHOW BOTH THE WHITE AND 2ND COLOR.

Step 6. In random places, scrape your white and second color paint with a metal scraper, and spread it right back on.

You want to actually spread it rather than scrapping the paint and just leaving it. This is why we've left each layer to partially dry.

This is going to give us a ton of texture!!!

Step 7. Paint over your second color with your white paint again and allow to partially dry.

Step 8. Repeat Step 6 for this color.

Step 9. When you reach a point where your satisfied with the amount of texture (or, age) build up, you'll brush on white glue to the areas that you want to crackle. You'll want to work fairly quickly because the glue needs to be fairly wet and we'll be painting over it. This is the only way we'll get a crackle effect.

Step 10. Now paint over the glue with just white paint. You'll begin to see it crackle like this.

This is a door she's done with this finish. She also applied a glaze that your seeing.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? YOUR AMAZING!

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Another Crackled Paint Finish

DRY BRUSH FINISH

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First, I want to talk about this finish. It may appear to be a layered paint effect to you because of the three different colors. This finish was done entirely with dry brushing and the reason I say this is because if you look closely at the finish, you'll notice that each color is intentionally placed - unlike what you'd get with a layered paint effect.

How to Dry Brush - dry brushing is nothing more than using very - very little paint on your brush and brushing it back and forth over the surface.

MATERIALS:

Flat white latex paint

Second color of latex paint

Chipped bristle brush

Spray matte clear

Step 1. First dry brush on a flat white paint all over your piece and allow to dry.

Step 2. Once dry, you'll dry brush on a flat pale blue color in areas of your choice and allow to dry.

Step 3. Are you feeling the momentum here? Finally, you'll dry brush on the brownish sienna color over the pale blue in areas that you'd like and allow to dry.

Step 4. Now that your piece is completely painted, you'll want to take a medium grit sandpaper and gently distress it in areas that would get normal wear and tear. Ripe your piece off with a rag.

Step 5. Protect your finish with several coats of matte clear spray finish.

MAKING DRAWER LINERS

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Have you ever thought about turning fabric into paper? Does it sound funny to you? I was amazed when I saw this.

MATERIALS:

Fabric of your choice - enough to cover your drawer bottoms

Liquid Fabric Stiffener

Mrs. Meyer's Ironing Spray

Iron

Double sided tape or spray adhesive

Step 1. Begin by diluting the Liquid Fabric Stiffener with water in a large bowl.

Step 2. Submerge fabric in the stiffener mixture until completely coated.

Step 3. Ring all excess liquid from the fabric and then lay completely flat to dry. Once dry, the diluted fabric stiffener will make the fabric feel heavily starched, with the flexibility similar to cardstock paper.

Step 4. Before the fabric dries completely, you can either spray it with a fresh organic oil mixture and give it a quick press with the iron to smooth out all of the wrinkles, or you can just iron it.

At this point, the fabric will be dry and stiff, making it very easy to cut. Measure your drawer bottoms and cut fabric accordingly.

Step 5. To secure fabric in the bottom of the drawers, you can either use double sided tape around the edges or a light application of spray adhesive. I chose to use the double sided tape so I can easily change the fabric later with no sticky residue.

Easy peezy lemon squeezy. Now you have darling drawer liners with the wonderful aroma of lavender.

Place a new bar of scented soap in your drawer. Not only will it fill your drawer with a delightful smell, it will also give the soap time to dry out making it last much longer in the shower.

Give drawers a fresh air fragrance by tucking a new dryer sheet under drawer liner or tape one to the back of each drawer.

Have empty perfume bottles? Remove the cap and leave the empty bottle open in your drawer, your clothes will thank you.

Wasn't this a super easy and gorgeous project to do? I have your back. We're not working hard here - I promise.

WAX PAPER TRANSFER

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Do you love this? I do and we're going to learn how to do this very easily.

MATERIALS:

Flat latex paint in the color you choose

Wax paper

Computer

Spoon

Step 1. If your piece is really dirty, clean and steel wool the entire piece.

Step 2. Now paint your piece with a flat paint color of your choice.

Step 3. Grab some wax paper and tear a sheet approximately 8 x 11".

Step 4. Cut the wax paper to the same size as a regular sheet of copy paper. Attach the wax paper to the regular sheet of paper with a tiny piece of double sided tape in the top and bottom.

Step 5. Find a picture, words or a graphic online that you love.

Step 4. Make sure when you go to settings you reverse it for the transfer process prior to printing. Using a regular ink jet printer rather than a laser print - slowly feed the wax paper into the printer, being careful not to let it wrinkle or crease. Once printed, allow time for it to dry so it won’t smear when you lay it down on your piece.

Step 5. Dampen (NOT WET!) the furniture so it will accept the ink. Center the wax paper, print side down on to your piece of furniture.

Step 6. Now just start rubbing all over the design, pressing firmly. I tried two methods of transfer- the credit card- which I found had too sharp of an edge to really press and a back of a spoon-perfect! Rub the image until it is completely transferred.

The harder and longer you rub, the darker and clearer your image will be. You can carefully pick up the paper and check underneath as you go along, but just make sure you put it back exactly in the same spot- otherwise the image will appear blurry. Allow to dry (about 5 minutes)

I think this is enough for today. Your exhausted - you worked hard and your ready for a nap!

You can be sure that I'll be back with a lot more paint & other finishes for you to try, but until then - I hope you have spectacular and beautiful days in your footsteps!

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