The Softer Side of French Blue

Wikipedia describes French Blue as azure.  Really???   Although I cannot describe the color French Blue, I never ever thought of it as azure.   Okay.....maybe a softer shade of azure.  Never bright!  (This is my opinion only)  Is it cornflower blue?  or Tiffany blue or teal or baby or wedge wood blue?   Walking around my home, I took a few photos for you of blues.

Is the blue in this still life painting  (by my youngest in a high school art class) French blue? 

Is it the blue in my window topper?

What about the blue in these pretty boxed soaps?

How about the gorgeous worn blue in my studio old child's trash can?

This vintage modern art work (does that term make sense?) in my foyer has many shades of blue.  Do you see a French blue?

Love the blue of this rusty tin box that's heading for my shop.....is it turquoise or French blue?

And then there is this beautiful vintage blue blanket binding.  Is it French?

All I know is,  I know it when I see it,  :) With that in mind I proceeded to paint, my version of French blue, this gorgeous vintage rococo cast metal mirror I found not to long ago.  It was an old gold but not the pretty worn "old" gold we love.  Much too shiny.  I painted it "French Blue", or at least that's what the can said.  Then I do what I love to do to my painted pieces......white wash. 

After a generous amount of white washing, I then use my "dirty secret"....my secret staining method..... a little flavor of the South.  Black walnuts from our tree.  The inside of the hull gives a beautiful stain.  I also break up the hulls and let them sit in water.  This adds a beautiful  patina to fabrics and papers.   Should you try this method please, please wear gloves.  The dark pieces you see in the photo are the walnut hulls.  


 This old mirror, that I just listed in The Vintage Nest boutique, is so ornate and just gorgeous.  Not only hanging on a wall, but would be stunning just laying on a dining table, topped with cream candles, pretty silver brushes or old perfume bottles. Or maybe some small undecorated cream bottle brush trees for the holidays. A simple and very elegant centerpiece.  I hope you like my version of French blue. :)

Tres belle, n'est-ce pas?

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NanaDiana said...

Well, it looks like French blue to me..AND it looks beautiful! Nice job! xo Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

The mirror is gorgeous, Lynn! I think you hit the "real" French Blue with this shade. Your white washing looks fabulous! I'd love to try that when I get brave and move away from whites! lol!

Have a good week, my friend!


Shabby chic Sandy said...

That mirror is so so beautiful! I love the blue and the whitewash. Lovely!

RobinfromCA said...

I think your mirror has the true French Blue as well. And I think it's also on the yellow box of soaps! Well done - the mirror is just beautiful!!

I'm glad you're careful with those black walnuts...we used to have a black walnut tree in our backyard and those stains were very unforgiving. I love your uses for them though!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That is a wonderful French Blue! I love how you aged it.

Christie Hines said...

I know honey, I've found that the French blue can be a little up for debate sometimes...I'm like you...I just know it when I see it too lol...anyway your frame turned out gorgeous! Just to add my two cents in on the french blue debate...I once bought some acrylic paint that was about the color of that vintage trash can in your post and it said on the bottle that it was french blue...yep, we'll just have to keep knowing it when we see it..lol....any of those blues you shared would qualify I'm sure....thanks for sharing this fun post...
Big Hugs,

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, I think you made it the perfect French blue!! I bet that sells quick!


Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Love what you did with this mirror!
It looks fabulous...I love the colour blue.


Margaret Cloud said...

Hi Lynn, I have not been blogging for a while. I read back through your post to catch up. I am glad your sister came through the surgery okay and will pray for her recovery. I like all your french blue, the mirror is beautiful.

Beverly said...

Great job, Lynn. It looks fantastic.♥

I'm glad your sister continues to improve.

Unknown said...

Lynn, that mirror is gorgeous! Next time I'm at the craft store, I'll have to pick up some French Blue paint!

dana said...

I am so sorry to find out how sick your sister has been!!! However, what a blessing that she is doing better. I will keep her and you in my prayers. It's so stressful having a loved one be this ill..but you were so right to ask for prayers from fellow bloggers. I do know those extra prayers make a huge difference.....I asked for them 2 years ago when my newborn gr. son was so ill. They really helped him and me and our entire family.

I'm certain that amazing mirror will not be around in your booth very long...it turned out great!!! Thanks for the hint about the walnuts!!!

Oh, and that apple pie looked wonderful!!!! Great job!

Hope your sis is home by now.

L, Dana

lynn said...

your finish on your mirror is so gorgeous, lynn! and i love your topper! healthy wishes to your sister:)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh that mirror is just gorgeous! You did such a great job on it.So glad that your sister is doing better!!

Janette - The2Seasons said...

My husband and I rode our bicycles from the top to the bottom of France in September, and we were in tons of quaint French villages. All I know is that our version of "French Country" is different from the way the REAL French country women decorate!!! Cute post.

Anonymous said...

Such a great post on shades of French blue. Love the mirror!

xo Abby


Thanks so much for your recent visit and lovely comment on my blog...I sincerely appreciate it.

lvroftiques said...

Oh Lynn I love it! I wish I had enough moola to buy it *frowny face* And yeppers that's french blue to me!*winks* Vanna

Sue said...

That is definitely French blue to me! Your mirror turned out beautifully! I can attest to the staining power of black walnuts- every time I pick them up in the yard, my hands are pitch black. LOL
hugs, Sue

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lynn...

Well my friend, I think you "nailed" french blue perfectly on the finish of your frenchy mirror! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it! I also enjoyed the tour of "French Blue" around your home. You have some really beautiful blues going on over at your place! So much fun!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lynn...

Well my friend, I think you "nailed" french blue perfectly on the finish of your frenchy mirror! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it! I also enjoyed the tour of "French Blue" around your home. You have some really beautiful blues going on over at your place! So much fun!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn,
Love the mirror and the last photo with your rose paintings reflected in it is beautiful! I am so glad your sister is doing well.

South Bay Studio said...

How elegant looking. Kathi

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

LOVE that tin and the mirror came out wonderful!

Patti's Artful Design said...

That mirror is stunning, Lynn! You did a beautiful job on it:) Thank you for stopping by my blog with your kind comments:)

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

What a unique post - I enjoyed it. I def wouldn't say french blue and azure are the same color. I hope your sister is doing better. take care.

Myric said...

I love French blue! The mirror frame is so gorgeous!!

Thanks for stopping by at my blog!


Sandy said...

Wish you put up this post a few months ago when i was trying to get my French Blue paint made... everyone kept telling me it's the same as Birds Egg Blue and NO it's not I would say... your mirror color blue is perfect.. I'm printing your photo with the hopes I can get it made...
LOVE your post!

lvroftiques said...

Oh Lynn what a sweet comment! It's so nice of you to think I could be featured at Sherry's. That's one of the nicest things anyones ever said to me *winks* I don't think I'm even in the same ballpark of her other guests...I'd be the ugly house lol! Vanna

Heaven's Walk said...

Such a beautiful mirror - and the transformation was amazing, Lynn! Great job! Love that you use Mother Nature's way of staining. :)

xoxo laurie

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

You had me at "blue" and then "french blue" turned out to be even better.

Thanks ~
Mary @ Sea Quilts

Unknown said...

perfect choice!

Honey at 2805 said...

The mirror is gorgeous! A perfect "french blue"!

Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

very merry vintage style said...

Very pretty! Love that shade--works for me. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week-

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So charming!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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