Provencal style – painting wooden furniture in practice!
Provencal style provides interiors with a unique cosy and pastoral atmosphere. They are light, warm and simple interiors which evoke the blooming south of France, a smell of lavender fields and tasty herbs.
Interiors in a traditional French style are uneven, slightly worn away walls, which are whitewashed or covered with patina in beige, yellow or grey shades. The floor is covered with brick-like, brown or red tiles in hexagonal shape. Oftentimes, we can find terracotta tiles with painted patterns. Provencal interiors are characterized by ceramics in pastel shades of light blue, yellow and green. The patterns on fabric and characteristic accessories are associated with this style within interiors.
Provencal interiors are primarily accompanied by wooden and painted furniture. They are principle as far as design and characteristic features of this style are concerned.
For many, the Provencal style becomes an inspiration to refresh traditional interiors, impart a grand-scale spirit as well as light and lightness.
How to do it? All we need is an idea, a paint for wood and several characteristic accessories.
I) An idea.
A relevant interior colour is the most important factor. The walls ought to be a bit darker background for the lighter furniture. A brilliant idea is to apply in Provencal style light blue, violet, grey colours as well as yellow shades, beige and green ones. However, the colours should be slightly lighter, only one to two tones darker than the furniture.
II) A paint for wood.
|It is an enamel for wood which provides the furniture surface with a thin coat. This paint is an excellent choice to antique the furniture by patination, which in the Provencal style looks extremely attractive. Więcej o produkcie - kliknij tutaj...|
To paint the furniture precisely (which is far simpler than antiquing),it’s necessary to:
1) Disassemble all elements which we don’t want to paint (handles, hinges, etc).
2) Sand the old varnish or paint which protects the furniture. Sometimes we can order new raw furniture from a manufacturer (without a coat of varnish),or look for sanded one at antique fair. This kind of furniture does not need to be abraded. When an old cupboard or a table are covered with many coats or if they are damaged and peel off, we need to remove them. We can do it by taking advantage of two ways: mechanical or chemical. Generally, sanding the ornamented and carved accessories of the furniture from old coats is impossible. Then it’s worth using a chemical agent to get rid of the old coats. As a result of its impact, the old coat peels off and allows us to remove it easily. During its application we must apply adequate safety measures since it’s a very strong chemical substance, and the area must be ventilated.
3) The sanded furniture must be cleaned and vacuumed.
4) Painting activity should be commenced with a precise application of difficult-to-reach spots (internal parts, drawers, doors),and then apply the paint upon bigger surfaces. We begin work with using a paintbrush, since thanks to it we can easily paint corners and uneven spots. It’s recommended to use a roller on doors, shelves and tops.
III ) Accessories
Furniture and accessories of Provencal interiors are often ornamented by decoupage method. It is performed by sticking paper patterns on furniture surface ( wardrobe doors and chest of drawers). Thanks to this technique we can create a unique, interesting objects and at the same time, emphasize the style of interiors.
Provencal interiors is a great idea to refresh traditional interiors, introduce light, lightness, style and a exceptional climate.