La Chaux French Lime Paint Makeover – with video tutorial
I’ve had this tattered tan, gold-dusted table for some time.
My mother in law bought it for me. She said she thought I might like it.
I am such a lucky daughter in law!!
I think you last saw it here, when I had it in the living room for a bit during Summer. See it there, sticking out a little… crying out for attention? Yeah, that one, over to the right.
– This is how my thought process works: when I don’t know what I want to do with something, I do nothing.
I know. Revolutionary right? Well, with that brilliant plan in place I used it as-is for gosh, maybe two years? Oh I cleaned it up and all, but it stayed sort of… dirty looking, knocked-up and in need of a makeover.
Then I decided to paint it white. Shocker!! I know… I love color, I do I tell you, but as I’ve said before, my big pieces are pretty locked in so I’ve got to be able to move the little things.
To any room, on a whim.
White lets me do that reallllly well.
This is a nice, clear photo of the table, without any decor. See? It’s looks icky. Good thing I fixed it!!
Great legs though… and I love the little shoes!
It reminds me a lot of my $5 Duncan Phyfe coffee table.
Same fluted channels and capped feet.
I’ve been longing to try the new French Lime paint from the Maison Blanche Paint Company and I finally Carp Diemed.
It’s called La Chaux. It’s thicker than chalk paint, and made from pure European Lime. It’s also much more textural. You can get the look & feel of several layers of paint, with just one! I decided on Arctique, a clean, bright white. I thought it would play well with my other painted pieces.
So I popped the top, mixed well, flipped my table over and watched Day’s Of Our Lives.
I mean… got to painting 😉
Yes, I paint inside. I got used to it with our rain, rain, rain… and now if it’s a small piece I just do it in my living room. No wind, no pine needles falling in my fresh paint. No kamikaze bugs! (death wish much?) What is up with the bugs being drawn to wet paint! Or does that just happen to me?
Plus, you know… Days?! Indoor painting perk. It’s a no-brainer.
I applied my La Chaux right on top of the existing paint job. It’s rich and creamy. I adore thick paint! It covered in one coat, just like that (insert finger snap here) and I liked working with it from the first brush stroke.
When it was slightly tacky, I did the credit card trick. What?
How do you paint with a credit card you say. Finish reading and I’ve got a video at the end for you. Annie, the owner of the Maison Blanche Paint Company can show you better than I can tell you!
You can really get down and manipulate this paint. It’s so fun!!
There are more colors on my shelf and I have a few ideas! First, I’ve got to get all my prep done for the Marshfield Vintage Market Jim and I are participating in this March. The same month we are now in. That “March“.
The sneaky, sneaky March that snuck-up on me while I was busy being sick, not getting a thing done the last 2 weeks in February.
So inconsiderate. That sickness.
Thankfully… glittery crowns, chubby Elliefonts, sweet smelling Stalk and sunshiny days have got my motor going. Being upright helps too.
We had a busy, productive weekend and I’m feeling much better about where we are as far as being prepared. Whew. Next thing you know, it’s going to be time to grab my mom from the airport! She is coming in for the show and I am so excited that she’ll be here to help, but even better, work the show with me!!
And I know I use “!!!” a lot…
But seriously, I can’t flail my hands all over when I talk, or squeak at an octave only dogs can hear in text, so it’s the only way I know to add emphasis when I don’t have 47 years or 47 words to express my !!!.
I didn’t super style it for the after pictures, and I know there are a zillion painted furniture makeovers out there… so thanks for stopping in to see mine.
(hey, I just refrained from using an exclamation point and I even just spelled out “exclamation point”.)
Don’t get used to it though.
I wish I could have gotten a picture of the table top to come out… the texture is so delicious!!!! It looks like it’s got 5 coats of paint on it. It’s pitted and marred and just… old but new and perfect and I love it.
I’ll try again with my other lens and see if I can capture it. The few I attempted all just looked blurry? Boo.
If you happened to read my last post and it wasn’t what you have come to expect from me, my apologies, I hope you don’t feel like I pulled a bait and switch. lol. I will still be sharing lots of projects and the kind of posts I always have, but be warned, there are a few more chapters to that story (then I will be done!), if they are too hard to read, or not what you are interested in, please don’t unsubscribe, the majority of my posts will still be decorating and fun, just click away.
For those of you that shared your stories by commenting, thank you for opening up!! For those that sent direct messages, I am honored you felt you could talk to me. I am trying to answering every comment and email. I think I am caught up so far. It’s important to me to try and acknowledge all comments on just my everyday posts, but on this subject, it’s more important than ever!! It takes a lot to talk about this, and I am so deeply touched that so many have shared personal accounts. Blessings to all!!
Love & light. xoxo ~Shannon
Here is the video I promised. If you are thinking about trying the French Lime Paint, and I suggest you do, this is a great video to watch. And don’t be scared, it’s easy to get a feel for, and you don’t have to manipulate it, but it’s soooo cool!