French Provincial Nightstand Preview
It seems like an eternity since I picked up a paintbrush to work on a piece of furniture. I have painted a few things just not furniture.
In fact, right now I’m in the middle of painting my kitchen cabinets, but I will save that story for another day.
I picked up this cute French Provincial nightstand a couple of months ago, and she’s been hanging out in my office ever since.
My original plan was to keep it for myself, but I have decided to put her on the market after she has a proper makeover.
The Color Choice Struggle
I have almost reached the 4-year mark with this painted furniture gig, and there’s one aspect that is a constant struggle for me…Color choice.
It always goes something like this; should I paint this white/cream or go with color?
Do I want to follow the market or I do I want to stand out? Unless I am working on a piece for a client, the choice is all mine. It’s a gamble trying to guess what will appeal to an unknown buyer.
Last year, I was the client for most of my projects. I was easy to please.
So after much discussion in my head that was fraught with fear over not using white paint, I have decided to go with my heart choice.
Now, let’s move onto the good stuff
I will confess that I totally broke my rule of not buying laminate furniture when I made this purchase. I was completely smitten with her French charm. Every time I tried to ignore her in the online sale site, she just kept calling my name.
My last French style makeover involved veneer removal in sweltering Texas heat.
Why don’t I like laminate furniture? I knew you would ask this. It can be tricky to paint. It should be primed before painting, which is something I’m not a fan of.
After I started the prep work, I quickly realized to turn my vision of this piece becoming an old world beauty; I have my hands full.
If you have shopped for furniture lately, you will find many pieces that have been painted to look as if the surface has texture, yet the surface is smooth. So my vision is to create texture and layers using a combination of primer, chalk paint and a paint brand I have never used before.
How many ways can this go wrong, too many to count?
I’m either going to level up one notch on the furniture skill ladder or come out with a hot mess that people will look at and smile while politely saying, “Oh, that’s interesting.”
So if you are interested in tagging along for the ride, you can join me on Facebook live beginning January 31, at 1 pm CST. Each day I will show you a different stage of this whole process until she’s finished.
Don’t worry if you can’t be there while I’m live; you can always watch the replay.
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Your ambitious sister in paint.