Take one battered old brown sad and tired bureau and breath new life into it by doing two coats of Frenchic “Flamenco”, Browning Wax over, spraying the upper insides with gold paint and painting the insides of the drawers with “Loof”. Even the handles are the originals, painted in “Flamenco”, waxed and then rubbed back with sandpaper until the gold coloured metal shows through. The whole thing was then polished to within an inch of its life with fine wire wool. It’s a happy shiny little piece now for sure .

See our Paint Range Here http://www.fifisfancyfurniture.co.uk/paint-range/

Had a bit of impromptu fun in the shop today when two of my lovely painty lady friends came for a coffee and a catch up.
I decided it would be fun to see what three individuals using the same colour paints, the same methods on three identical wooden love hearts would create and how different they would be. (As usual I forgot to take “before” pics!!!)
The idea was to create a really chippy, chunky, distressed layered look.
We used a combination of Frenchic “Lima”, “ Lipstick”, “Anguilla”, Panther, Easy Crackle and Browning Wax.

Here are the the photos of the different stages and finished hearts.

We also ate chocolate eclairs and almond choux pastry things to such an extent that I’ve not eaten any dinner tonight!!!
Our experiment used very bright contrasting colours but would look great using subtle shades of the same colour hue. We also buffed ours to a high shine in line with something that had an aged patina.
The reverse of the hearts had some raised stencilling which we rubbed back to expose before finishing with the Browning Wax.
Let’s just say that it was a fun thing to try and a good way of learning new techniques!!

This weekend I drove all the way to Selby in Yorkshire to attend a Frenchic furniture painting course run by the fabulous Linda Karslake from Drab to Fab fame.DRAB TO FAB

It reminded me of why it’s so important to do courses. FIND OUR COURSE DATES HERE

It renews and reinvigorates your enthusiasm and you learn so many new techniques and pick up little tips from like minded people.

We arrived on the Friday morning and were shown round Linda’s lovely studio and had the opportunity of getting up close and personal with her work. Yes we see them in photographs on Facebook but it’s not the same as seeing them in real life. They really are awesome and so inspiring.

Linda is cheerful,  friendly, welcoming and after coffee gets us started on “mood boards”.

This was excellent actually as we didn’t see a finished one to start off with so literally went in blind with no preconceived ideas of what we were aiming for.

It was so clever how it gradually all came together and included, decoupage with fine art, blending, crackle, raised stencilling and finally waxing.

It totally absorbed us and allowed to us to get to know one another as we got on with our boards.

Each one was so different and they were each works of art in their own right.

I love mine.

 

We had a sensational lunch all laid on by Linda and delicious gooey chocolate brownies dropped in by Paul, Linda’s lovely hubby.

We were staying at a near by hotel for the night but as we were so close to York and I hadn’t been there before we drove in and had dinner there and a few drinks. What a beautiful place. Will definitely go back and spend a few days there again in the future.

Day two was about painting our piece of furniture we’d taken to do.

Six people, six different pieces of furniture and six different ideas of what we wanted to do on them.

Linda effortlessly got us sorted and on track and we set to work.

Funny how quiet it goes at times just because everyone is concentrating and engrossed in their work.

The beauty of working in a group is that you can see what other people are doing and how they’re achieving it.

I learn best by watching so for me it’s excellent.

I wanted to work with the “metallics” so set about undercoating my side table before shading with “Grey Pebble” and “Hot as Mustard” using a synthetic “natural” sponge to help minimise brush strokes.

Then came the layering of “Sexy Silver” Frensheen followed by “Gorgeous Gold” and then a final pulling it all together coat of “Cool Copper”.

Then the “ageing spots” followed by Browning Wax to complete.

Somehow in between all of this Linda managed to produce another wonderful lunch and even scones with jam and cream (to die for).

Paul turned up towards the end when we’re frantically applying finishing touches before Linda staged each piece so professionally and photographed them.

It’s not until you get to this stage that you realise what amazing work has been carried out in the time scale.

For me these courses are food for the soul. There’s the group energy for starters. Then there’s the teacher who wants you to learn and who is only too willing to pass on some brilliant tricks of the trade. She wants you to benefit and is generous with her knowledge and full of enthusiasm.

And then there’s the actual “doing”. No interruptions, just time for yourself and your passion.

It’s tiring but liberating and so motivating.

I feel as if I’ve been plucked from normal everyday life and been put in a time warp of pure enjoyment. Feels like I’ve been away for months and it’s been so good for me to have this top up.

Sooooo, do I recommend courses? You bet I do. Pick someone whose work you really admire and see if you can do a course with them. You’ll be so glad you did.

So to Linda,  I thank you for being so happy to impart your knowledge and to the other lovely ladies on the course it was just fabulous to meet you and I look forward to next time.

 

If you want a job done, you have to do it yourself!  Fifi, never stops.

Gift ideas for the painting fanatic in your life.

Why not fill a selection a Frenchic Gift bag with your chosen items.  Brushes, paint, wax or Frensheen.

A starter kit for a new year hobby would be good too.

For example :-

Original Creme de la Creme 750ml £19.95

Frensheen Gold £6.95

Clear Wax 400ml £13.95

45mm Oval Brush £9.95

 

 

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