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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paris Grey Weekend

Hello Again from The French Hen's Nest

I had mentioned in my last post, (More Weekend Finds) that I had found a three drawer French style chest to transform. It was in rough shape, painted black with multiple colored flowers, and other symbols.

But through it all I could see the beauty of the chest.  It took a lot of sanding, a lot of sanding,  wasn't sure it would clean up, but finally decided it was ready for paint. I decided to use the color Paris Grey.  I mixed my paint by using Annie Sloan White chalk paint with some flat black and a little blue.

 When I said rough I wasn't kidding, but then again it was free.  A neighbor put it on the street.

I have seen various blogs with furniture painted in Paris Grey, and liked the clean, almost formal look of gray and white. So Paris Grey is the perfect color for these pieces.  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint because it is  very easy to work with, and the coverage is phenomenal.  There are a lot of curves on this chest, and I should have used painters tape, but instead did the trim free hand.   And locating hardware for the piece has not been easy.  What I have found is not in my budget right now, maybe next week.  I will be sure to show you  when I get it.  Maybe you know where I can find it at a good price?

As you can see, I wasn't kidding about my Paris Grey weekend.  This antique mirror which was also free, was perfect for this chest, and the stool (GW find for $6) will look great by the bed.  My beds are high, so it should be useful.  Hope you like these finds.

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  1. Loving the gray paint. I haven't tried chalk paint yet, is it available at local home improvement stores? A pretty ribbon or even twine tied into the drawers would work for drawer pulls until you find hardware you like.

    Great job! Karen@itsallgoodhome.com

  2. One of my all time favorite colors (paris gray ) and everything look gorgeous - but I especially love the foot stool!!!

  3. It would be great if you could find some antique glass pulls somewhere. They are harder to find than the knobs, but worth the search. A flat piece of mirror on the top would be great. I love this collection - great job!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  4. Love the Paris Gray. I hear chalk paint is the way to go since it dries quickly and gives great coverage. You may want to try Etsy.com for some unique vintage pulls. I am still deciding on what color I want to paint our bedroom set. :)

  5. Paris Gray is an amazing color: so frenchy abd elegant. I think it goes with pretty any other color.
    You did an incredibly great job with your pieces. they look fabulous.
    hope you find the right hardware for your beauty.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing this creative piece on SImple & Sweet Fridays. I love the Paris Gray paint and how it transformed your French chest. Great job!


  7. Just gorgeous, Jeannie! It's wonderful how all the pieces work so beautifully together. So...do we get to see the pieces in place? ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. This chest came out beautifully! You did a wonderful job.

  9. Wow-free is always good! The gray paint looks great! I'm your newest follower, and would love you to visit and say hi :)


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