Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Loving French Gray

Hi Bloggerettes!  Are you a francophile? In love with all things french?  I'd say that quite a few of you are.  Doesn't the color french gray sound romantic and beautiful with thoughts of Paris and L'Avenue des Champs Elysees, (the most famous street in Paris)?

Peggie and I decided that this little vintage cabinet screamed for "french gray!" 

We first gave it a base coat of a cream color, then a soft gray and a darker blue gray that was watered down.  We then sanded it heavily to get the vintage/antique look.  Don't you love it?

The little birdhouse got a dose of french gray too.

While the paint brushes were still wet we went to town on this piece.  It was an absolute mess and the darkest ugliest brown you've ever seen.  Even the door fell off and the glass broke when we carried it inside!  Oh, well looks better without the door!

It got the same paint treatment and now it's "french gray!"

Pretty um????

This little vintage bench got a new cover of pink fabric.
And the heart rose wreath was freshened up with some
lace and millinery flowers.

As you can see, we've been busy, busy.
Our booth is full and we are ready for the spring break shoppers.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.

Oh, and by the way....I love and adore each and everyone of you!


Be sure to stop by Debra's blog for some wonderful pretties!


Okie Chic said...

I love gray too!! I always forget to use it when I'm creating something I always go back to the white. You've impired me.

Shelia said...

Hi Sissieness! Love it. That is a sweet soft color. Can I ask a question? After you've painted your pieces, do you put anything on them to seal them so they won't scratch?
Be a sweetie,

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm working on a piece of furniture right now that I'm giving a gray finish. I was planning on calling it French gray, darn it, you beat me to it! lol :)

Helen said...

Thank you, thank you! I was just looking at a little antique table my mother gave me years ago. It's looking banged up and not so pretty ... now I know exactly what to do with it!

Polly said...

Gorgeous!! yes, I am in love with french grey!!

A Vintage Green said...

Your 'grays' are wonderful. You transform so many pieces of furniture - the work never stops. I am about to (ok, hope to soon) start to paint furniture and wooden smalls. I've got the drop cloth, a sander, a sanding block, the paint, the brushes and the furniture. Today was sunny and ... maybe tomorrow ...
- Joy

GinaW said...

Sissie, love the french grey and love your inspiration. Question - is the victorian ashtray for sell to ship (or only in your shop for sell)? what a great decor piece. Thanks, Gina

Mari said...



Amy @MaisonDecor said...

That vintage cab is the neatest size. I can picture it being turned into a bar in a living room or a sideboard in a tiny dining room....I love the color and finish. I love you too Sissie!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I do love that gray! I think Gray and Pink are so pretty together! Always love your furniture makeovers.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great, Sissie! I'm really loving the gray lately. I think that is going on my list with Heirloom White and Black. I love it on furniture like these pieces.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love that color and you do it so well!! A perfect match for all that gorgeous pink!

Linda said...

Sissie, these pieces are beautiful. that little stool, isn't it the one that you had covered in leopard? It is darling wearing pink.
Could you bottle up some of your energy and send it my way, heehee.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh Sissie, all of these are gorgeous!! I am loving gray too! Wish I lived close enough to shop your booth!

I love the wreath too!

Lou Cinda :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

My young friend adores the gray furniture! She would love that piece!!

Rustic and White said...

Sissie, you are a machine!! Do you ever slow down? I am definitely feeling the french gray. I am planning on using that colour on the top part of my bedroom wall. What brand of paint did you use? I would love to visit your booth...just too far away:o(

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

It is a very beautiful and oh-so-frenchy color, Sissie! Is it a particular brand? Love it! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Maureen said...

I love it all! It must be so fun to have a 'partner in crime' for all of these projects.

Allison said...

The cabinet is a beauty in the French gray. I am just painting a piece in French first time painting something in gray. I love all of your pieces. Your new blog header looks wonderful, Sissie. Such pretty photos!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

We love and adore you too! I have not yet gotten on the French grey band wagon, I have to give it a try, it all looks fabulous!! remember way back when you did a post about antique booth 101? You said to had some burlap or other colors. Well I made up a burlap pillow with a french graphic on it and it sold immediately, you are a genius. Now I have to make up more!!


Barbara said...

Fantastic Sissie! it all looks sooo wonderful in French gray.

Hugs XX

Diane said...

Such pretty pieces, Sissie. They had good bones to begin with but the paint really brings them out to perfection.

Hugs, Diane

Debbie @ said...

HI Sissiegirl! Love this. What a great job. I love how soft it is and those white plates on the shelves...that made my heart swoon...plates...shelves...just perfect!
You are busy but so creative!

Cat & Cricket said...

Sissie~ haven't stopped by in awhile... but by golly!! GORGEOUS!!!!
Your photos, your creations have become absolutely Brilliant!!!!!
I am in love!
You go girl!

Ozma of Odds said...

...simply BEAAAAUUUUUTI-FUL!!!!!
good thing I don't live close, I'd sooo have to take this home with me:)

xo, Rosemary

Ozma of Odds said...

p.s. ADORE your new blog header:)

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Y'all have been busy! It's a great color. I've got to tell you when I read the first sentence and saw the word francophile, my mind flew straight to James Franco. But I like all things French, too. ;-)

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I'm in French gray love! The cabinet and your booth arrivals look gorgeous! I'm sure they won't last long.
I just painted and glazed a table in French gray! I love that color!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks great Sissie! Love how you painted the inside of the cabinet:@)

Barbara Jean said...

Love the gray pieces!! Great job!
and is that banner new? Love it too!

barbara jean

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

ooooo! I love that peice with the plates in it! How perfect it is without the door!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sissie....Love your new header! Another great one! The French gray is wonderful on the cabinets! ~Hugs, Patti

Dorthe said...

Sissie, sweet, your header looks FANTASTIC-
and the new painted cabinet is a pearl, now it this beautifull gray.
Also love the birdshouse and it`s visitor :)
You have a wonderfull eye,for decorating ,adn making things look gorgeus, sweetie.

Jane said...

Beautiful pieces and the French Gray paint is the perfect color for their updated look. You are one busy you ever rest?

Victoria said...

Everything is so gorgeous Sissie and I have been dying to paint something gray lately!!! I think I'll start out with something small, like a frame. I've heard it's hard to find the right shade of gray but it looks like you found it!!!

Ginger said...

Just beautiful, love the French Gray color. Who knew? Might have to give that a try. Just love visiting your blog. Would love to visit you booth.

Ticking and Toile said...

Gorgeous Sissie!!! I'm slightly obsessed with french grey right now too!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin' me some gray too...I have just started painting using gray in my coastal nest and love it!


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love the french gray and my, you have been busy!! Very nice pieces!!


One Cheap B*tch said...

It's official: I love French gray!


Cindy said...

As always, love it all... again!


Magdalene B. said...

beautiful and very classy pieces!I love your photos!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your instincts are right on! I can't get enough of this look. It just makes anything look french! And that's good!

Sares said...

I love the french gray too. Things I paint gray don't seem to sell here too well yet. I don;t think the new "fad" has become popular in this neck of the woods. It's hard because we're a small town and trends tens to come in slowly. Not everyone reads the blogs like we do to see the latest things! So I've temporarily packed away the grays and pulled out the aqua that sells so well. It's sort of our signature color. Black always sells well too, but one gets tired of painting everything black! The cabinet looks great without the door, it really stands out!

The Feathered Nest said...

GORGEOUS Sissie!!!! I love these colors mixed and the beautiful, distressed look!! I would so love to poke around in your space ~ don't you love giving old furniture a new look?? I hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Kathysue said...

sissie I am a white girl but sweetie I think everything you do is absolutely charming and wonderfullly sissie, that is what I love so much about you. Thanks for always stopping by and leaving me one of your sweet messages, always brightens my day to see you there. Kathysue

June said...

Love the grey Sissie! It really is an awesome piece. I love the creamy one as well. It would look gorgeous in my bathroom! I love to see what you get done in day. I want to meet you to see where you keep your other two arms!!!!!!!
sending hugs

Riet said...

Hi Sissie. I love that soft colour and it made all your beauties even more beautiful. I don't know where you find the time to do all this wonderful work.
Hugs from Riet

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You're a magician, Sissie! And you have a superb eye.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore your French cabinet~ swoon!

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sweet Meanderings said...

Oh my goodness! Absolutely beautiful!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Everything is gorgeous, as usual, Sissie! Love the pink bench and the birdhouse. Love the soft colours of all those treasures! Enjoy your weekend and Happy Spring.


Lululiz said...

Great makeovers, Sissie, you sure have the knack.

Passionate for White said...

Beautiful pics and I especially like your new blog header picture!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjur Sissie,

Just trying to catch up here and see what I've missed. Dove grey is so lovely isn't it? I am using it in my clothes, dècor, and it goes with everything. Love what you did to your furniture! I can imagine dropping out the glass front...we are alot alik!

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