Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The French Fern

No, this isn't a post about gardening. 
It's about a French Provincial chest joining together with a beautiful botanical transfer to be transformed into something quite lovely.
I come across French Provincial pieces quite often.
But, I had never seen one like this with the dividers in the top section.

I also had never see one with bi-fold doors like this.

The piece had a shiny, slick finish, so I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle's, Slick Stick. It's the perfect primer for slick pieces. And anything that prevents me from having to sand is great!

That wasn't the only prep I had to do to this piece. I can usually anticipate when a piece might be prone to bleed through, but I didn't think it was going to happen here. As I finished a coat of the Dixie Belle color, Buttercream, I began to see spots, Then the whole piece turned a pale yellow. Yuck!
So, I grabbed the BOSS. It is great for not only preventing bleed through, but also for blocking odors on some of those stinky pieces of furniture.
After the BOSS was dry, I added 2 coats of Buttercream.

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that the first time you laid eyes on it you knew exactly what you wanted to do with it? That was what happened when I saw this chest. I saw it finished with Buttercream and the Fern Woods transfer from Prima.

 Once I finished painting, I waited 24 hours to add the transfer. I taped around the doors to keep the transfers in the reset areas only. 
I made each door a little different.

I painted the hardware with the color, Palmetto. While the paint was wet, I used a damp rag to wipe it back to expose some of the metal. It gave it a nice patina look.

Ooh la la!  The French & the fern go nicely together, don't you think?

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  1. It's gorgeous, Virginia! The buttercream and fern botanicals look lovely together and I love the color you painted the hardware.

  2. You did a great job on this piece. It has a lot of character already, but the botanical transfers kick it up a notch...lovely. Also, thank you for the practical hint about BOSS.

  3. You truly transformed this from an ugly duckling to a swan! The colors, the decals and the hardware all look so beautiful together. Great job. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  4. This is a lovely chest, and the transfer looks very nice. You did a fantastic job. Although I love the dark traditional wood, this cream color looks very nice and lovely. I like how you painted the hardware green. The candles on top add a special touch.


  5. Virginia, what a stunning transformation! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's shindig. Hope you have a lovely week!

  6. From something you would walk past in a junk shop and never give a second look . . . to a gorgeous piece of furniture only found in an up-scaled store. You certainly have that magic touch, you're amazing!

  7. I'm usually not a 'transfer-on-furniture-kinda-girl' but this stopped me in my tracks at the Celebrate Your Story link party! Had to visit AND pin to my furniture makeover board! We hope you will join us at Homestyle Gathering via! ;-)

  8. Acutally, my mistake... I saw this at Make It Pretty Monday! Congrats on the feature!


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