Formal French Furniture Fail

Although this French furniture piece began with a rough start, it became a beautiful color blend with filled with formal detail.
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Yep, you read that right, this formal french piece started out as an epic furniture fail. So what better to do than share my failure with the whole world, lol.

My vision for this piece was a formal French salon, ornate vintage-looking details, that really played up those curves.

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The look I ended up with wasn’t what I originally envisioned but that’s ok! It happens all the time. This is a very normal part of any artistic process including painting furniture.

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I found this curvy French console on my local marketplace. It started out with an over all brown color and had been sitting in my unfinished inventory for quite awhile until it took on this new finish and created quite the buzz.

Before

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After a thorough cleaning, I started with a base of Slick Stick, then a smooth coat of Dixie Belle Silk all in one mineral paint in a 50/50 mix of Serenity and Tide Pool, it was gorgeous!

A beautiful color mix

I thought I’d add break-away powder glaze to the details , boy was that wrong.

I sprayed my powder glaze and went about rubbing it away, only to hate the look. It looked dirty and I just knew this was a mistake, not the direction I wanted at all.

Gross

Thankfully, this was a water-based product, so I abandoned this process and blended on a beautiful trio a coat of chalk mineral paint instead. I started with a base coat of Vintage Duck Egg, highlighted the centers with Drop Cloth, and shade around the edges with Hurricane Gray.

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Much better in a new coat of Dixie Belle Paint

I decided to add the Lace Transfer from Dixie Belle up the sides. I think that all those curvy lines complement the curvy nature of this french furniture piece.

The two large sides took 2 transfers, but I have a couple of sheets left over for another future project. I like that this transfer can be run vertically, horizontally, or in a rectangle design.

Adding the lace transfer

I used a razor to cut away the excess transfer after I already placed it, this made it easy to fit the transfer right into the curved body of this piece.

Now it was time to use Best Dang Wax to and that depth I had been looking for around the edges and details. the gold really accentuates all those curves.

DIY Painted French Furniture

With my brown, black, and white waxes blended in, it still looked a bit plain on the front, so I added Wood uBend mouldings to the bottom two drawers.

French Furniture Makeover
Better with Wood uBend

The original marble top was chipped, so I filled it with Bondo and sanded it flush. Then I did my best painting it to match. This saved an otherwise beautiful top from needing replacement.

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My hardware was dry brushed in Cotton, given a coat of Gray Wax, then a bit of Gold Gilding Wax.

Although this french furniture piece started with a rough day, it became a beautiful color blend with lots of detail.

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Just remember not to get frustrated with yourself… this one threw me a curveball! The final product is more beautiful than what I envisioned, and it took a slight detour to get there!

French Furniture Console Brushed by Brandy

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Teresa Cathey

    Hi Brandy. To me, this is a sign of a true artist. From what it look like in the first transformation to what the final transformation ended up being, which was so gorgeously flawless. You are truly gifted and talented!!!!!!!

      1. Debbie

        I’m In Awe of your Awesomeness, simply beautiful

      2. Brandy K.

        You are too sweet!

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you! This was a rough journey, but forced me to work through it

  2. Melinda Naumann Bates

    Thank you for showing us another fabulous piece. I have also found that quite often when things don’t go the way I so carefully planned, the changes that forces me to make are usually BETTER than my original plan. I really think the furniture knows what it wants to look like! This one must be very happy with your transformation!

    1. Brandy K.

      That is such a good point. It was rough, discouraging, but did force me to pull up my pants and work through it

  3. Robin Henry

    OMGosh Brandy. Can I please be you when I grow up? You are amazing and truly blessed and blessing us with your talent and ability to share, even failures that turn in to possibly the most beautiful piece of furniture I’ve seen. Thank you so very much for being you and being willing to help us to learn the art of painting with DB paint, the BEST paint on planet earth for sure! I stand in amazement at this gorgeous piece of furniture. Truly amazed.

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you so much! It’s a favorite for me too!

  4. Llewellyn

    You probably already know I do this all the time! Your gut feeling was right and you ended up with perfection. This piece is gorgeous!🥰💙

    1. Brandy K.

      You are too sweet, thank you so much, it was a gut punch, those days are rough

  5. Connie Stelly

    Hey brandy your work is awesome and incredible love your attitude and listening to you and your husband your always smiling and I know your one busy lady. God has blessed you with a talent and now your sharing it thank you Connie

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you so much for such a sweet comment 💕❤

  6. Kathy Bandy

    Can you tell me what type of bondo you used to fix the marble corner? Thanks

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