SK on Elderberry
SK on Elderberry
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Adding To The French Blues With SK


A beautiful piece is added to SK's French Blues Painted Bedroom Set.
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painted furniture french blue details, diy, painted furniture, painting, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
This baby was her last leg. Stored and unused for many years, it's faux birds-eye maple was warped and cracked. I start by taking the headboard apart and accessing the parts I hope to salvage.
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painted furniture french blue details, diy, painted furniture, painting, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
The knobs are created using curtain finials and paint. You can purchase finials at any home store.
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My attempt at trying to copy the porcelain knobs found on the previously finished desk and bedside table. You can see them here. http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/08/french-blues-with-sk.html
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Many layers later I am finally getting a small resemblance to the original porcelain knob. I used several mixed colors of blue. crimson, aqua and white. I finished with four layers of polyurethane. Sanding between coats. Porcelain is difficult to replicate because of it's depth of color and luminescence.
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The bed is rebuilt with fence posts, two by twelves and two by fours. I routed the top of each post. The legs are counter sunk screwed to the backboard. I added a two by four at the bottom for stability and a one by four laid flat on the top. I then used a jigsaw to cut my two by twelve into a curved top shape. I used four inch screws and countersinking them into the post I could then attach the routed curved piece to the top.
I used a decorative carved leaf patterned piece to cover the gaps left by the irregular warping of the old headboard.
The sanding takes time and effort. I do love to paint smooth wood. I can control paint effects better on smoother surfaces.
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The base coat is a soft French blue. Three coats with sanding between.
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The Graphics Fairy always has a place on fun surfaces. And this French Blue headboard is no exception.
http://thegraphicsfairy.com/
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I used a small damask scroll stencil to add the 3-d designs.
I can always find exactly what I am looking for at http://thegraphicsfairy.com/
The bird in the leaf scroll frame is a continuing theme with The French Blues. You can see more of this set at:
http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/08/french-blues-with-sk.html
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painted furniture french blue details, diy, painted furniture, painting, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
When the paint is dry and the graphics have cured I wash the entire piece with a white lime wash. I then use a clear paste wax and buff to a soft shine.
I will post pictures of the room when we have completed the entire set of French Blues.
Thanks for visiting. I am working on a three piece art set of painted fabric bench and two matching paintings. Be sure to come visit.
sk

To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/09/sk-adding-to-her-french-blues.html#more

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  • Amye Mae
    on Sep 4, 2014

    Love the detail with the raised graphics. I recently did a bed, and used similar pieces to your fence posts and finials. Beautiful!

    • SK on Elderberry
      on Sep 4, 2014

      @Amye Mae Thank you Amye. We would love see your project. I use finials for feet too. They can be used in so many places. I find old curtain rods at Goodwill and just take the finials off and save for a future project. Thanks for visiting sk

  • Chris aka monkey
    on Sep 4, 2014

    sk this might be among the best of a 100 or so i love can't wait to see it all xx

    • SK on Elderberry
      on Sep 4, 2014

      @Chris aka monkey Hey there. Thanks much Chris. 100 os? Wow thanks. Tough to live up too! I can always count on you to make me smile. sk

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