French Blue Country French Table ~ How To Decoupage

I've had this sweet little bedside or sofa side table for some time now and finally decided it was high time to do something with it. Something a little different.  

The original color was a vanilla cream with worn gold accents.  I mixed my own version of French Blue, used Plaster of Paris to make it a chalk paint and painted away.  To highlight the pretty curves and decorative details on the legs and front, I simply wiped over it with a damp rag while the paint was still wet, allowing a bit of the original cream paint to peek through.  Like it!

pretty decorative detail

I also painted the hardware but wiped it all off leaving just a bit in the pretty embossed detail.

I wanted to add a little more oomph to the piece, so I decided to do a little decoupage.  I chose a pretty designer napkin, that, to me, resembled toile.  The hardest part of this process is separating the layers of a 3-ply tissue before adding it to your project.  This is necessary to get a painted on like finish.  The first layer you can remove by just picking at one corner to catch a small piece to pull on and remove the first layer of white tissue.  That second layer of white tissue is a bit harder and takes some perseverance.  It helps to pinch one corner and lightly rub the white tissue layer and print layer together between your thumb and pointer finger to separate the two layers

Measure and decide where you want your tissue to lay and use a layer of Mod Podge as your glue.  Carefully lay your piece down on the glue.  

to get your tissue nice and smooth and wrinkle free, carefully layer a piece of plastic wrap over your tissue piece and smooth with your hand, gently.  It works, I promise.  Pull the plastic wrap off and allow to dry.  

Once dried, I sanded all the tissue piece edges to get a non uniform look and used clear wax to finish off the entire piece.

This piece is in my retail space at The Lazy Daisy Store in Midlothian, Virginia.

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Junkchiccottage said...

This is so clever and so pretty. I love that tissue pattern.
This piece will sell quickly. So beautiful.
Have a great start to the new week.

Anne said...

Beautiful job Lynn! That's going to see quickly! Great tips!

Debra@CommonGround said...

that toile like napkin print is so pretty, it's just the right accent!

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty, Lynn! You always have such neat ideas!

Happy Monday! :)

Jane xxx

chateau chic said...

What a sweet piece, Lynn! The details you added gave this piece so much personality...I'm sure it won't last long in your space.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Lynn...so good to hear from you.
Mary Alice

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a lovely piece, Lynn! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, it was a pleasure featuring it this week.Feel free to grab a featured button!

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