French Provincial Furniture

Antique Windsor Chairs

Windsor Chairs Reshapeimg_turkeydayprimer_1The Windsor Chair was originally made for Porch and Garden Sitting Chairs, which eventually gained popularity and made its way into the home. Originally in the General Washington had 30 Windsor chairs in the east portico at Mt. Vernon. It became a ideal chair for country living, but also variations found in finer city homes of the rich. Many agree that Philadelphia was the birthplace of the American Windsor Chair in as early as 1725. The Windsor chair is as stunning in the homes of today as they were in the past. (Read More.....)

Toile Painting

www_darrelldeanantiques_com7Roman Ruins Louis XV Style Grisalle Painted Sideboard Italy early 20th CFree Hand Painting is one of the hardest types of finishes to produce because you cannot fake the talent if you don’t have it. If you cannot hand paint, there is always stenciling. When you are looking for a particular furniture find, take into consideration hand painted furniture will cost more money than regular painted pieces. Hand painted furniture is a rare find because of the talent and time it takes to finish a piece of furniture. I am sure anyone can appreciate this stunning Louis XV sideboard at Darrell Dean Antiques as it is the most amazing hand painted piece I have come across yet (Read More.....)

Gold Leaf Wall Technique By Garay Artisans

garay-artisans-5garay-artisans-11Regina Garay launched her firm in New York City in 1998 and has since grown into the Florida-based Garay Artisans, which is one of the most respected faux finishing businesses. Garay Artisans has won the national Grand Prize of 2009 (the Top Job Awards by The American Painting Contractor) for their beautiful work. Check out their pictures! (Read More.....)

Swedish Painting

chest1Wisteria2My Friend Nancy and I were discussing this designer photo, in – particular the lamps they feature on the sideboard. She is a faux painter herself, and has taught me some excellent tricks of the trade when it comes to producing superior paint finishes. The lamps to me look like rusted metal or a concrete of some sort. I am interested if there are any other faux artists out there that would lend a few wise words how they would approch this paint finish. Please leave some comments at the end of the post. (Read More.....)

Faux Burl Chest

Meranda-Snyder-Paintedfurnitureonline93Meranda SnyderI bought a French provincial Dixie 50’s bedroom set a couple months ago which came with three pieces, – A french provincial 3 drawer hutch, a 6 drawer dresser and a mini dresser end table. I kept the 3 drawer hutch and sold the other two pieces. (Read More.....)

Hand Painted Dresser

100_3719-1024x766This dresser was orignially a plain white dixie dresser which was first painted a gloss navy blue, and then hand painted with gold flowers.  The pattern of the flowers was taken off of the IKEA pattern from their carboard storage boxes.   The dresser turned out fabulous! (Read More.....)

Zebra Serpentine French Dresser

Painted By Meranda SnyderTo the very left is the piece I was inspired by, and the right is the piece I faux painted.  I started it off using a flat cream-white paint.  I dry brushed on an ivory.  (In retrospect, I don’t know why I did that, because it didn’t make any difference when -at the end I stained the dresser).  Suppose you wanted a dresser with more of a white/black contrast, this step would give you even more depth to your furniture piece.)  Read more about how I painted this piece…….. (Read More.....)