Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A "new" coffee table and why it's called Paris Grey

I haven't painted furniture in a few weeks. I'm in withdrawal. First we were in Paris during the first two weeks of August as you all know, then the week-end after, I was out of town visiting family. Finally, last week, I was busy getting my youngest daughter ready for  her first year of college and my older one for her 4th year (empty nester boohoo!). When all the dust (figurative and literal) settles, I'm hoping to get back to it.

This is a piece I painted before our holiday. It was a curbside "purchase". The best kind, lol! It's a nice solid wood French provincial table.

Other than the crayon marks left on it by a overzealous drawer and a few scratches (which, let's face it, are a bonus when you want a distressed look), there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

And here it is all done:

I painted the table with Paris Grey and the edge and the wood accents on either side with Old White, a little distressing, followed by clear and dark wax. A beautiful, easy transformation.


Speaking of Paris Grey, when I was in Paris, I saw first hand why Annie Sloan was inspired to call that colour after the city of lights.

I found it on a door at the Palais de Versailles.

On this gorgeous column at the Opéra Garnier.

On the walls of this beautiful restaurant at the Musée d'Orsay.

However, the most spectacular example of this grey was in a room, also at the Musée d'Orsay, called "Salles des Fêtes" (Festivity Room). This is a source photo, as we were not allowed to take pics. You can't quite tell, but it's exactly the same as Paris Grey. This room was jaw dropping. You can book parties in there. Can you imagine?