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French Country Style and Country Grey

French country is a much-beloved style and is the inspiration for a lot of furniture updates.  Some of the characteristics of the style are: rustic, lived-in looking furniture; natural woods with low gloss or painted furniture that looks old; soft colours mixed with splashes of bright yellow, blue and lavender; mix and match fabrics and colours especially toile, gingham and florals and stripes.  If you want to read more about the history of classic French  furniture, I wrote about it here.

Annie Sloan’s Country Grey is the perfect colour for achieving this look.  It’s not really grey but beige with grey undertones.  When it is dry-brushed with Old White or had dark wax applied to it , it transforms the furniture into that classic French look.  You can see many examples on this Pinterest page.

This vintage coffee table was given to me.  It is fruitwood and has the lovely carvings and cabriole legs of French furniture.  I stripped the top and opted for a lighter stain.  It is popular to use dark walnut on everything these days but the lighter colour is actually more in keeping with the style and shows the grain nicely.  It has multiple coats of satin poly on it.

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I painted the base in Country Grey then dry-brushed Old White on top to highlight the details and give it a more aged look.

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It’s a lovely large coffee table in an elegant colour.



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10 thoughts on “French Country Style and Country Grey

  1. Gorgeous details on this table! You did a lovely job on it. Thank you for sharing it at Making Broken Beautiful this week! I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I absolutely love this table and you did a fantastic job painting it! I’m a French fanatic, and I have a very similar coffee table in my living room, all white. I picked it up at an estate sale for a very reasonable price, and went home quite happy:) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm! Hope to see you there again next week! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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