Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ironstone, Duck Egg, Old White, and French Country~

There's nothing that says French Country more than Duck Egg, Old White, and Ironstone!  This piece isn't new, actually it's a solid, made in the USA Thomasville piece probably still in production I picked up at a friends garage sale.

 With the growing product line of Annie Sloan, I used Cracquler to gently age the details of this piece.  The fine cracks remind me of the fine crazing that can be found on old ironstone.  Using Dark Wax further enhances the aged look and crazing.  Love that!

Using 220 and 600 grit sand papers lend to the gently aged appearance.  This allows it to work seamlessly into a true French Country look.  Some pieces are simply distressed too much without thought to naturally occurring wear marks.  This unnatural appearance could be mistaken for either 1. a really poor finish or 2. a mass produced product.   Isn't that what we don't want?  Mass production and poor quality?  :)  

Please don't mistake what I'm saying about wear marks & distressing.  I have several pieces coming up that are heavily distress...primitive actually, but they look primitive, not polka dotted! lol~

I've started a linky party..though I hate to say that as it seems like many bloggers eventually start linky parties.  The reason I stared one was due to inspiration!  It seems like the majority of my time is searching for paint combos, techniques, fabrics, knobs, or simply little seeds of beautiful things that spark a fire in me to create something.  Once that spark is lit, I can proceed and finish a project quickly and usually with joy and contentment :)  My Monday Muse is all about inspiring others.  Please join me on Mondays with what inspires you.  

Until then,

Linking up to these great pages!
Restored Interiors
Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm
Savvy Southern Style
Primitive & Proper
Twirl & Take a Bow
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Beyond the Picket Fence
Embracing Change
Delightful Order
Miss Mustard Seed
House of Hepworths
Shades of Amber
A Ruffled Nest 
Jen Rizzo
Chic on a Shoestring
French Country Cottage


  1. LOVE this piece! I am about to use this in my kitchen :-)
    What crackle medium did you use?

    1. I used Annie Sloan's Cracquler...unfortunately it's not available right now :( I can let you know as soon as it is!

  2. oooh i love this table! what awesome details! and the colors are perfect!

  3. Beautiful job Christie. The perfect canvas for Duck Egg, Old White and Craqueleur with a little Ironstone on top.

    1. Thanks Cindy :) I haven't found a canvas for Duck Egg I haven't loved!

  4. so fresh! The texture you achieved is gorgeous!

  5. I just found you through Twirl and Take a Bow. Your piece is really a great color combo. Do love the naturally aged look of it. I'm your new follower. Hope you'll stop over and visit me at Quirky Vistas and follow as well if you like.

    1. Thanks for visiting & the kind words :) Hard to believe it's a practically new table! See you soon!

  6. It's a beautiful piece, Christie! Duck Egg and Old White are one of my favorites. I did that on a dresser I got for our master and just fell in love with the color combo.

  7. Thanks Kathy! Love that combo too! ;) Great minds think alike!

  8. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love that piece of furniture!!! I want one too!! Oh wow, how you finished it is so beautiful.
    Saw you linking at Jennifer's Creative Friday and I'm now following you.
    Debbie :)

    1. Hello Debbie! Thanks for following and the sweet comment! Loved your tutorial on the bird bath! Going to give that a try!

  9. Hi Christie,

    A gorgeous piece! You sure did a pretty make-over on her! Love the color choices too...:)

    Happy "Pretty" Friday!!!


  10. Beautiful piece! You color choices are just perfect!!! Hopped over from FFF and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @

    1. Cute blog and CUTE table! Thanks for following!

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love Duck Egg. I really like that crackle effect you did on this! I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime. Also I would love for you to come by and link this up to my linky party called Rustic Restorations Weekend.

    1. Hello Tammy! Thanks for following and sharing your linky party~ All linked up :)

    2. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  12. So beautiful! The piece itself is awesome but you did such a perfect job on it...I'm in awe. :)

  13. What a cool piece in great colors! Nicely done!

  14. This turned out spectacular!!! I agree about the duck egg blue - it's such an authentic looking french chateau color -
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you can

  15. So very pretty! I think the white on the details is perfect.

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