A French Provencial Server, “Adeline”

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Adeline along with Andrew (which has not been started) were found on Kijiji.  They were a surprise to me because I was not expecting to find anything that day.  They had just been listed and I took a chance that they might still be available.  They were but someone was to come and get them at the end of the week.  I was told by the owner Andrew that if I could come to get them the same day they were mine.  The Mayor and I jumped into the Mayormoible and went to get them right away.  Just pure luck.  It usually works just the opposite for me.

Adeline has been sitting in our garage for a while.  For the plain and simple reason that I didn’t know what colour to paint her.   I make colour samples which I change over and over but as usual in the end I use an idea that I’ve had but changed 100 times and continue to change as I am painting.  This seems to be the hardest part of the painting for me.  Choosing the colour.

So this is how I painted Adeline.  The inside of the server was painted with a custom mix of paints.  I thought it more professional to say that but what really happened was I mixed all the blue green paints I had left over from other projects all together in one container.  There was Provence, Louis Blue, Florence, Antique White, and Aubusson Blue.  There was no special amounts or formulas, I just kept adding and mixing until I finally got the colour I ended up with.  I painted 2 coats of this colour on all the inside bits of this server.  Drawer, doors and all.  Then I applied 6 coats of GF Top coat.  Yes 6.  I wanted to make extra sure that when something placed in the bottom for storage and was being put in and out, that it didn’t damage the paint.

Next on the outside I painted 2 coats of a grey mixture I made.  This time it was intentional, ASCP 2 parts Paris Grey to one part Graphite.  On top of that I painted some Easy Crackle by Artisan Enhancements, just here and there.   Then I mixed ASCP 2 parts Paris Grey to 1 part Pure White Each time I painted something I waited for it to dry.  Though, in a lot of this project I used my handy dandy hair dryer to speed along the drying process.  Then the magic started to happen.  I didn’t want much of the crackle effect and it turned out just right.  Also I added to the look that I wanted was texture by painting in very direction.

The top was striped and sanded by the Mayor.  He’s a fantastic husband for doing this for me,  many wouldn’t.  It’s the part I DON’T like to do.  Once done I applied 2 coats Varathane – Weathered Grey Gel Stain and for durability I used 5 coats of GF Top Coat.  The rest of the server was coated with AS clear and dark waxes.

I just love the way this turned out.  Hands down, this is my most favourite piece so far.  I keep looking at it in disbelief.  I can’t believe that I painted it.

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17 Comments

  1. Your dresser turned out SO beautifully! You did such a terrific job with its transformation 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the details with us at Vintage Charm. Hope to see you again soon!

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  2. Terry says:

    Lovely job on this little piece! Love the pop of colour inside as well! Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration at Making Broken Beautiful, I will be featuring it at this week’s party. I hope you have a great day!
    Smiles!
    Terry

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  4. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Beautiful piece Baba. I think you did an amazing job with it. And I really like your choice of color for the inside. It is so satisfying when you paint a piece by yourself and then stand back to admire it.

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