Make Old Furniture Look New

wood dresser

Use a solution of three parts oil to one part white vinegar to give the old finish a mini facial. It can make old furniture look new.

Sometimes you can’t paint a piece of furniture, because it’s too pretty, or someone you love likes that old brown dresser just the way it is.

You don’t have time or space to refinish it, and you’re tired of staring at that beat up old piece.

Make Old Furniture Look New … Without Paint

Painted Furniture is great, but too much of it in the same room looks, well, bad. Balancing out your painted pieces with good old fashioned brown furniture is the key to evolved, old world style French/Swedish/English Country style interior. It’s fun to play around and find just the right mix of different paint colors, finishes, and old brown pieces with great patina.

Speaking of patina, wood furniture can be charming, antique furniture, or it can just be old wood furniture.

I think it was Annie Sloan who said that the French would paint any wooden furniture, unless it were very special, indeed. That is pretty much my philosophy.

If something is just old wood furniture, it’s better off being painted with a lovely, interesting finish. But if you’ve got something truly special, even if it’s just special to you, that’s a different story.

He Likes the Wood Look

Painted furniture can add so much charm and interest. But, you will run across that furniture piece that you just can’t paint, for whatever reasons.

In my case, my boys don’t want painted furniture in their bedroom, not really. They prefer the wood look.

Family Baggage Heirlooms

And then I also have a few things that have come down from grandparents. Nothing fancy, but I have a feeling if I were to paint them, I might make some people upset.

I have never stripped, sanded, and refinished a piece of furniture. I don’t have the time, and I’m scared of the chemicals.

All-Natural Refinishing to Make Old Furniture Look New

If you feel the same way, but you’re sick of staring at that old finish, try this all-natural furniture refinishing solution: three quarters cup oil (I used olive oil) and one quarter cup vinegar (I used distilled white vinegar).

I got this tip from Miss Mustard Seed in her book, Inspired You. It’s tucked in there, just like an offhand remark, but it’s really brilliant. It might not be full on furniture restoration, but it can be as exciting a change to your old piece as a fresh coat of paint and furniture makeover.

I recently gave this a try on a beat up old dresser from the 60s and set of nesting tables from the 40s.

They’re both good quality, solid wood. I was really pleased with the results for such a minimal effort. The wood on these old pieces now looks silky smooth and moisturized. They’re both a bit darker and a bit shiner. It really did make old furniture look new.

This little mini facial didn’t remove any stains or imperfections, but it did perk up my pieces and make them look cared for and shiny.

Here’s the video I made about treating furniture with this oil and vinegar solution. If you like reading better, I wrote it all out and added the pictures, just below the video.

He Doesn’t Want It Painted

Did you ever have a piece of furniture that you just didn’t want to paint?

Or, that your little boy or husband didn’t want you to paint?

That is my situation with this dresser. it’s an old pine dresser probably from the 60s. We’ve had it for many years and as you can see it’s very dirty. It’s got grease spots and watermarks, all kinds of stuff.

I have suggested painting it many times and my husband and my son always say, “no no no no I love that dresser!” Now it’s going to be my son’s dresser. So what to do?

Oil and Vinegar Facelift

Hi, this is Kathleen from Old World Farmhouse and today I am going to take a solution of oil and vinegar and try to clean up this dresser. I like to make old furniture look new, but I do not want to get into refinishing. I just don’t have time or patience for all of that mess.

I read in Miss Mustard Seed’s book, actually, that you could take a solution of oil and vinegar, if your wood furniture isn’t in too bad of shape, and just kind of rub that in to clean it up, instead of going through the whole mess of refinishing.

Old Pine Dresser Looks New

I thought I’d give that a try today on this old pine piece and see what happens. Okay so here I’ve got three quarters of a cup of olive oil and a quarter cup of white vinegar. I’ve just got this little blue microfiber cloth that I’m mixing into that. It feels very oily and it doesn’t smell that great. I’m just gonna – I’m just gonna get started and see.

I hope that this is a “good enough for mom” solution.

Here is the finished result after I wiped it down with one quarter cup vinegar and three quarter cup of olive oil. It’s definitely looking happier now. It didn’t take away these little weird marks that I have no idea where they came from. But of course, I wouldn’t have expected that. The wood looks less thirsty and miserable than it used to for sure, and you can see a little more of the grain coming out.

The sides look great.

By and large, I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out.

wood dresser

It didn’t take away the markings on the top. The water stains, so see like there’s a big ring stain it did not take it away.

But it definitely looks better than it used to, especially from the front.

Really Old Tables Look Silky Smooth

These wood nesting tables are really old. They’ve been passed down from my grandparents to my parents and now to me. As you can see, they’re very worn, they’ve got water stains and i was thinking of painting them, but somehow I just can’t bring myself to do it. I guess because they’ve been in the family and I don’t want to make anybody mad.

wood nesting tables
wood nesting tables

Also I have sentimental memories of seeing these in our house growing up. I’m going to try the same technique on these tables that I did with that dresser upstairs. I’m going to take my solution of a quarter cup of vinegar to three-quarter cup olive oil.

Here are my nesting tables after being rubbed down with a solution of vinegar and olive oil. They’re definitely looking a lot happier and less thirsty now.

brown nesting tables

This is how the tables look after 48 hours of drying. After I wiped them with the oil and vinegar solution. Wow the difference is remarkable. They’re darker and just less tired out looking and they’re like, smooth and silky to the touch.

brown nesting tables

Now I’m gonna go upstairs and see how my dresser is doing after being let alone for 48 hours. Let’s go. The pine dresser 48 hours later.

wood dresser

It’s no longer wet like it was. It’s still a little greasy to the touch but I think that it’s going to absorb in time because in other spots it’s perfectly dry now.

Let’s look at the top. Still pretty gnarly, but just soft and silky, less thirsty, and all in all I’m enjoying its worn and weathered look, instead of thinking that it just looked sad before. It’s like i gave it a little facial, a little maybe not even as much as a facial. I just bought it some nice moisturizer.

Thank you so much for watching this video. if you found it helpful could you help me out by giving me a thumbs up down below and please check out my blog at oldworldfarmhouse.com for resources on French, English, and Swedish country styles as well as old houses. Thanks again.

More Resources For Dirty Wood

If you’d like more resources on cleaning wood, check out my post, Can Mineral Spirits Clean Waxed Floors?. If you’d rather make over your wood furniture by painting it, check out my posts, Get The Swedish Country Look With Chalk Paint, and Khaki Green Paint Colors for French Country Style.

How to strip wallpaper with three simple tools

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It is totally possible to strip wallpaper with three simple tools.

We show you how to scrape off gross old wallpaper with hot soapy water, paint brush, wallpaper scorer (optional, just use the side of the 5-in-1 tool if you don’t have one) and a 5-in-1 tool.

We are using the instructions from Mr. Aubrey of “Aubrey’s Absolute Decorating.” His YouTube channel is full of some of the most useful and clear instructions I have ever seen on all manner of home improvement projects. I must have watched every wallpaper removal video on YouTube and his is the best.

Here is the link to his tutorial

Supply List

plastic dropcloth

wallpaper scorer

big cheap paintbrush

5 in 1 Tool

Plastic Bucket

Ajax, Dawn, or other liquid detergent

In this video, I’ll show you exactly how to strip wallpaper with three simple tools. If you’d rather read, I’ve written it all out just below the video.

How To Strip Wallpaper With Three Simple Tools

Hey what’s up YouTube this is Kathleen from the blog and YouTube channel oldworldfarmhouse.com and this is my son. We are going to be stripping the wallpaper off of his bedroom walls today. Very ugly, old, extremely old wallpaper. I’m gonna show you how to strip wallpaper with three simple tools.

I’ll link below. I – I have watched a ton of how to remove wallpaper videos and my favorite one is from Audrey’s ah Audrey’s Aubrey’s Absolute Decorating. He’s got really clear directions. They’re great. I have followed them for stripping this room. They are the best I’ve ever seen.

Wallpaper Scorer

I’m just going to show you how I’ve taken his directions and adapted them to our situation, so let’s get started! The first thing we’re going to need is a wallpaper scorer. You can get these at Lowe’s, Home Depot, hardware stores, whatever. They’re not expensive at all. I can’t remember how much this one was, but definitely under ten dollars.

I’m gonna show you how – well, Lars is gonna – Lars is gonna show you how. It’s really fun, it works all right. Okay so you just go over your walls in a circular motion. I think Mr. Aubrey said, you know, do about, I don’t know, two feet or so at a time. No more than that. The reason that you’re going over them like this is to create little cuts in the paper so that the water can get behind there and soften the wallpaper. There, buddy you’ve got your section scored.

Hot Soapy Water and Wide Paint Brush

You want to get a bucket of very hot water with a couple drops of – Mr. Aubrey calls it washing up liquid because he’s English, but you know I have Ajax in here, and a very wide paint brush.

This is a cheap, four inch wide, you know, plastic bristle or something. What you’re going to do is just kind of dip your brush in the water – oh and I should mention, to protect your floor, throw down a drop cloth. This is a plastic one.

You know some water is going to drip, and if you have an electric outlet or something, tape it over. In his video he actually goes and turns the power off before he does the wall because there’s like an electric socket right in the wall. I’m working on a wall that has no electric on it, but when i get over to where my electrics are I’m definitely going to turn the power off. You’ll see why in a minute.

You take your brush, and he recommends, you know, soaking the paper in kind of an arcing motion. So, not up and down, but like – like a little rainbow back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and not a very wide section, you know two feet or so at a time, because otherwise it’ll dry before you get a chance to come over there with your scraper.

Then you wait two or three minutes, go do something else, come back and repeat on the same section again. Paint it with the water again. Mom what happens when you don’t wait? Well if you don’t wait, then you have more work. Like, if you want it, you’re like, I just don’t want to wait! You want to get in there with your scraper and start lifting the paper up, it’s going to be much harder because what the – what giving those three or minutes or so does is soften the paste. The water softens the paste, so let the water work for you. Let the water do the work. Um, okay then you wait another two or three minutes.

Then you do a third time. Coat your wall with water, always waiting two to three minutes in between.

Lift With 5-in-One Tool

Okay, so we have soaked our paper three times, waiting two to three minutes in between each soak with water, and now we are ready to lift it off. A good tool to use for that, show one Lars, this is from Lowe’s. It is a five in one tool. A very sturdy little thing that would be good. I have also been using this puppy from time to time if i can get good big pieces up with it.

Now Lars is going to demonstrate how to gently loosen the paper from the wall with the scraper without damaging the paper – not the paper, we don’t care about the paper; the plaster. We don’t want to damage the plaster underneath.

We do not want to have plaster problems if at all possible because plaster problems are a big big headache. All right, Lars, so get your little tool in there and show them how it’s done. Just slip it under the paper, and it will come off and then you can just take it off with your hands, like this. And voilà. And then what, just keep going, keep going, until you have gotten all you want for that day or that time done and if there’s this stuff you can just learn how to lift it with a tool. You can just go like if it’s small spots, just that’s what I do, yeah, show them with the paper. It’ll fall off, but this you can just push it, not too hard, not too gentle.

And then, and just keep doing that until you’re done. Okay, so that is where we are with our wallpaper stripping. It’s really part one, because according to Aubrey in his video, after you’ve got all the paper off, you have to go back and kind of take your scraper and scrape very gently the entire room to get the glue residue off. Otherwise, when you go to paint, the paint will stick to the glue and, you know, dry and look like a – an awful mess. He said lizard skin, I believe.

So we’ve got to go over it to get the paste off and then over again with water to wash. I’ll make separate videos for that when we get to that point. But for now, we are signing off, bye!

If you’re looking for more information about stripping wallpaper, check out my post, How Hard Is It To Steam Off Wallpaper?

Can Mineral Spirits Clean Waxed Floors?

shiny wood floor

Waxed hardwood floors can be hard to figure out how to clean. I’ve read that mineral spirits can clean waxed floors.

Low Odor Mineral Spirits is supposed to be a gentle cleaner that can lift grime that gets into the wax finish. So, Can mineral spirits clean waxed floors?

I test them out on some very old and very dirty waxed wood floors to see if it makes any aesthetic improvement. Results are modest but encouraging. Verdict: Yes, mineral spirits can clean waxed floors.

Why are wood floors waxed, ever?

Hardwood floors these days typically have some kind of polyurethane finish. Usually it’s water based, as well, these days. But back in the day, they used paste wax to protect the floors. You were supposed to wax them several times a year and occasionally strip off all of the old wax buildup and start again.

All of this sounds like an impossible amount of work to me, but we live in a house with a lot of old, waxed wood floors, and I’ve got to do something. I feel like it’s hard to find clear answers online.

Beautiful Patina and Character

When we first moved in I thought we’d strip all the hardwood flooring and polyurethane all of it.

But then I read a blog post Laurel Bern wrote about wood floors. She argues, convincingly, I think, that waxed floors have the most beautiful look, shine, and patina, if you can stand all the maintenance. In her view, acrylic polys kind of take all the life out the floor. She likes oil based polys, but they are getting harder to come by for environmental reasons, and they’re very stinky. She linked to an Apartment Therapy tutorial about waxing (not stripping, but just waxing) old wood floors that makes it seem very accessible. I’ve read and reread that post over the years, but done nothing about my floors. But they’re at a tipping point now, I think. Five years of heavy traffic and they need some loving. Heck, they needed loving when we moved in, but now they really do.

Mineral Spirits: Quick, Easy Solution to Clean Grimy Wax

I’m still intimidated by stripping and waxing our wood flooring, but I thought I’d take a baby step, which felt scary enough. I decided to wipe one of the floors down with low odor mineral spirits, otherwise known as paint thinner. First I went over the floors with a dust mop, then a damp mop. After that, I just mopped on the mineral spirits with a paper towel wrapped around a mop head.

I definitely have clean wood floors now. The mineral spirits took up a ton of dirt and brought up the wood grain of the floor.

Rewaxing Might Not Be A Big Deal

Just taking the step to clean them has made me more confident however. I think that pretty soon I’ll have gathered the courage to strip the old wax with wax stripper, which I think could be mineral spirits applied with more intensity. After that, rubbing on new paste wax actually sounds pretty easy. Any time I can do something with my own two hands and not a gadget, I tend to feel better.

It’s been hard to find tutorials online about the kind of job I need to do on our floors. The Apartment Therapy article is the best thing I’ve found. And Laurel Bern’s advice.

In the meantime, if you have dingy waxed floors, and very little time, mineral spirits can clean waxed floors. They will leave you with clean wood floors and you’ll be able to see more of the wood grain, even if they’re not super shiny yet.

Here’s the video I made about the process. It was a good first step, but while it cleaned, the mineral spirits did not shine. Please enjoy the video. If you prefer reading, it’s all written out right below the video.

Can You Clean Dirty Old Waxed Floors?

Hey this is Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com. Today I wanted to figure out what to do if you have waxed floors. We live in an old house and it has beautiful wood floors all over, all different kinds, and they are all waxed. So, how do you take care of them?

Don’t Use Those Quick Shine Products

When we first moved in I thought I could just get a product like this, quick and easy. Liquid Gold, yay and then you read the back and it says right here,

“do not use floor restore on unsealed, unfinished, waxed, or oiled floors.” Full disclosure, I have put that stuff on the floors and products like it in the past, but um, I don’t want to continue because I think it contributes to the dullness and gloppiness of them over time.

So I was looking for other solutions and I read several different places on a floors forum and also at bobvila.com that you could go over the floors with mineral spirits.

I am going – today I’m going to give that a try. I’m going to go over these floors with mineral spirits and see if it helps. As you can see, the floors are in good condition, but they are very scratched and they are very dull and we are in a phase in our life with everything else we have to do in the house – and I’m sure that you can relate – where if we could just get them to look shiny we just wouldn’t worry about them at all. You know, we’re just not in a place where we could refinish.

We just want them to look nice, or as nice as possible, and right now I don’t think they do. I think they look dull.

How Can You Tell If Your Floors Are Waxed?

You might be wondering, how do I even know what’s on my floors? How do I know if they’re waxed? Well, the easiest way to tell is to take a little bit of water and drop itonto your floor just a little bit.

And then wait. If your floors are wax, water after it dries will leave a milky white haze like this. This is the kind of white discoloration you’re going to see if you have wax on your floor.

There was an umbrella stand here that probably had a leaky bottom and you can see, if I get my camera to focus, that it’s this. There we go. It just puts this – it looks like you accidentally painted, but actually, it’s not. It’s just what happens, I guess, when the water interacts with the wax.

I have attached just a paper towel to this Swiffer head because i want to be able to throw these away afterwards. Mineral spirits is flammable and you can’t wash rags that have mineral spirits on them, so I just want to get rid of it.

What I’m going to do is take some mineral spirits out of here and I’m just going to…

On the paper towel, even on the floor a little bit. I’m just going to – I’m hoping that this can clear up the cloudiness of my floor.

So yeah, it’s cloudy and it’s supposed to be able to just clear away the grime that’s in the wax that’s sitting on top of the floor.

So, Did The Mineral Spirits Improve the Floor?

The floor is dry now, so let’s take a look at the results. It’s definitely cleaner. I can tell that there’s some kind of grayish haze that’s gone and it’s brought up some of the wood grain again that we couldn’t see before. I guess my expectations were a little unrealistic.

Mineral Spirits Clean, Don’t Shine

I was hoping it would give a glossy glossy sheen, but why, that doesn’t even make any sense. So I think as far as it went, cleaning the floor with mineral spirits was a great idea. If you’re watching this because you’re looking for solutions, i would say wiping down the floor with mineral spirits is very easy and it definitely lifts some grime. And i would totally recommend it, so go for it. Maybe your floors are in better shape than mine, and it’ll make an even bigger difference for you.

I hope this video was helpful to you if you’re looking for solutions to get your wood floors clean and shiny. If you liked it, could you please help me out by giving me a thumbs up there down below, and please check out my blog at oldworldfarmhouse.com for more resources on old houses, French English, and Swedish country styles. Thanks.

If you’re looking for more noninvasive ways to brighten up the wood around your house, you might like my post, Make Old Furniture Look New.

How hard is it to steam off wallpaper?

old wallpaper

It’s simple to steam off wallpaper. You’ll need a handheld wallpaper steamer. They’re as easy to operate as an iron. Hold the steamer wand on top of the paper for ten to thirty seconds, and the paper will lift off the wall easily in large sections.

Removing wallpaper from an entire room can feel like an enormous job, but once you get started, it’s strangely satisfying…kind of like tearing off a hangnail. It can be therapeutic.

The strips of paper peel off like a pat of butter sliding off a pancake, as long as you patiently hold the steamer onto the paper long enough for it to soften the wallpaper glue and make it easy to lift the paper with a putty knife or five in one tool.

Supplies List

Chemical Free Wallpaper Removal

There’s a few methods to take wallpaper off without using harsh chemicals.

  • Spraying the paper with a water and vinegar solution
  • Painting the paper with soap and warm water
  • Wallpaper steamer

Wallpaper Steamer vs. Soapy Water Method

The steamer is definitely faster and less sloshy. You don’t have to worry as much about dripping into your electrical outlets or getting your floors wet. The wallpaper steamer does get pretty hot. Definitely wear shoes. A few drips from the steamer can roll down and really hurt your feet.

How to Use a Wallpaper Steamer

Here’s the video I made about using a basic wallpaper steamer. If you like reading better, I’ve written it all out for you just below the video.

How Hard Is It to Steam Off Wallpaper?

Hi, it’s Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I’m going to show you my wallpaper steamer.

About a year ago, I was stripping wallpaper in this very room using a manual method of hot soapy water and I actually made a video about it. It does work. It’s a cool method. I don’t like gadgets. I’m intimidated by gadgets, even small electrics. I don’t – but my husband picked one of these up used and so I was like, “gotta try it!”

Wallpaper Steamer – Fast and Easy

It’s awesome. It’s much quicker than the manual method, as lovely as that is, and as necessary as it is sometimes. And if you want instructions on how to do that, please check out that video that I made with my son.

How to get it fired up and ready to work

But today I wanted to show you this handheld little steamer and how it works. It’s all ready to go. It’s been heating up. You plug it in until it heats up and starts steaming, and then you just get to work. So I’m going to show you how that works and what that looks like today.

I’m filling up my steam bucket for the wallpaper steamer here in my bathtub.

I filled up the tank with water and then this part just gets screwed back on here. I’ve got the water thing that connects to my paddle plugged in and then just turn around here on the back and the electric gets plugged in right there.

Steam Off Wallpaper Steps

The first step is to score the paper with a wallpaper scoring tool.

So just take a section, maybe two feet by two feet, and then just go ahead and rip your paper. It puts small holes in the wallpaper. That’s going to help the steam get behind it and the glue to release.

Okay, after you’ve got your paper good and scored, it’s time to take the steamer handle. It just kind of looks like an iron. You just set it down on the wall. In sections, for about 10 seconds at a time.

Give this steam a chance to get underneath the paper and start lifting and weakening the glue.

Okay, and then that has weakened the paper, and I’m gonna take my five-in-one tool, which is my favorite thing to scrape paper with, although you can use any kind of paint scraper,

And I’m just going to start lifting the paper off of this old plaster, and you can see it’s coming up just like butter.

If you’re interested in no-gadget way to get old wallpaper off, check out my post, How To Strip Wallpaper With Three Simple Tools.

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper

The lowly laundry basket can be an object of vintage, chic, even French beauty. The metal laundry basket probably is the best at effecting this lovely vintage look, but a cloth-covered, industrial style container on wheels can give the same effect. Here are two options for a French Vintage Inspired Laundry hamper. Both cheap, chic, sturdy, and large enough to hold three or four loads of laundry.

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wire laundry hamper
cloth laundry hamper

I don’t exactly know what vintage French laundry baskets look like. They might, at one time, been made of wicker or rattan,

woven laundry basket
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Chic Wire and Cloth Laundry Hampers

I actually used to use a large basket as a laundry hamper, until the bottom rotted away because of leaving damp clothes in there. I bet that’s why they started making plastic ones. Your average plastic laundry basket does not have vintage, chic beauty. I guess that’ why I used a real basket.

Wire and cloth are more practical. The wire and cloth baskets, or hampers, can give a chic, “I’m going to the laundromat in Paris in the 1960s feeling.” I don’t know if French people going to the laundromat in the 1960s felt chic and stylish, but these types of laundry hampers or baskets are a great way to add some attitude to your laundry room décor.

Here is the video about two practical, big, inexpensive, and très chic options for a French vintage inspired laundry hamper.

If you prefer to read, the transcript follows right below the video.

Transcript

Hey this is Kathleen at oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I wanted to talk about chic French laundry hampers, so let’s go!

I always wanted a laundry hamper like these ones, like when you went to the laundromat, if you went to the laundromat back in the day with the cool wheels and the baskets. So vintage and sweet. There’s just something so, like, urban cool about it. Um, I just love them they’re like, poetic.

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white laundry basket
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metal laundry basket
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Laundry Hampers to Feel Like 1960s Paris

So I wanted something like that for my house, and I didn’t want to like, you know, steal one from the laundromat. And I don’t know where they source them from. There’s probably some supplier where you have to buy like a thousand at a time. I don’t know.

A few years ago I read an article on Apartment Therapy. It was a tutorial for this laundry hamper.

It said, you want a laundry hamper that makes you feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris, but you can’t buy one, so you’re going to have to make one. I was hooked. I was like, I want to feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris when I do laundry. So I marched myself out to Lowe’s and I got chicken wire and this little wooden thing and some little wheels on casters and I followed the directions and I have been using this as my laundry hamper ever since.

wire laundry hamper

Vintage Industrial Style Laundry Hamper

Since I made these hampers, I actually made two of them, I’ve always kind of looked around for budget chic industrial laundry hampers. And I never really found anything that I thought was any good, design-wise or price-wise. Until I recently found this cool one by Seville Classics. And it is actually really reasonably priced. And I’ve been watching it for a while, and it was on sale on Overstock for like 60 bucks. No shipping charges. But I’ve seen them often for about that price, and I put it together.

cloth laundry hamper

I just wanted to do a quick video and share with you these two really budget-friendly options for a chic 1960s-in- Paris style laundry hamper so you can feel fabulous while you’re doing your laundry. Because I know I like to. I will definitely link out to the Apartment Therapy tutorial they did on this one.

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper Made From Apt. Therapy Tutorial

I just want to show you, um, how it works. So this is from the Army-Navy store. It’s a laundry bag that just lifts. When I take this downstairs to dump it in our laundry I just lift this out, dump the laundry in, and then I bring it back and I put it back into its wire container. You don’t actually want your clothes touching the wire because, you know, they’ll snag. Um, yeah, and then it just kind of rests in there. For a while I had one that had a drawstring top, and that worked really nicely, too, but it wore out finally. And then you can also, I just i pull it around from place to place like that.

I can’t remember exactly how much I spent when I made these. I made two of these back in 2016. If memory serves, I think they each cost about $20 in raw materials from Lowe’s. And then of course buying the liner is going to be an extra expense depending on where you get that. It could be any soft laundry bag.

French Vintage Inspired Laundry Hamper – Industrial Style

And then if you don’t feel like doing all of that DIY leg work, this is the cute little Seville Classics industrial style laundry hamper. it – like I said it was about 60 bucks on Overstock.com I’ve seen it for sale lots of places, including you can buy direct from Seville Classics, which is pretty cool. I just assembled this the other day. I am a completely hopeless klutz when it comes to assembling anything, just ask my husband. I got this together in under 10 minutes. It was super easy, and I love – I am loving it. I love the look of it. The wheels glide nicer, there’s no pokey metal things. So as much as I love my DIY project, I’m also really fond of my Seville Classics.

So there you have it, if you’re looking to feel chic and Parisian when you do your laundry, here are two great budget friendly and super practical options for laundry hampers. They’re also really big and hold a lot of stuff.

I hope you enjoy this and I hope you get some use out of it. Happy folding!

If you love things chic and French, you’ll also enjoy my other posts, Soft French Country Color Palette and French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina.

Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, drab color palette

French country style can look totally different depending on which French Country colors you are drawn to.

This post is about a soft French Country color palette of greens, blues, and khakis. Before we get into that, let’s examine the many interpretations of “French Country.”

French country colors could be warm, cool, muted, bright, or soft. They could be a delicious range of cool light blues or a gorgeous array of warm, deep reds.

Or just the reverse – deep warm blues, light cool reds. A French country interior could have layers of bright colors, or soft, muted whites and creams. French country colors are not restricted to a single side of the color wheel.

French Country Farmhouse

French country design and French country décor, can mean rustic elegance, with bright French blue, red gingham checks, and scrubbed, unfinished pinewood.

blue teapot, yellow bowl
blue door, red flowers
Photo by Michael Kroul on Unsplash

French Country House / Paris Country

Country French style could also mean shabby chic, with variegated light greys, whites, and creams, subtly distressed paintwork, toile fabrics in white or light blue or grey.

grey toile, silver bowl
Delicate crystal and toile is one interpretation of French Country style.
grey stone building
Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash

French Provencal

French country could mean the South of France, evoking the French countryside with the colors of lavender, ocher, terra cotta, and olive, heavily distressed paintwork for a rustic patina, traditional Provencal indiennes cotton calico fabrics sprigged with flowers or cicadas, the symbol of Provence.

stone street
Photo by gerti gjuzi on Unsplash
lavender field
Photo by Thomas Despeyroux on Unsplash
red plaster wall
Photo by Clémence Taillez on Unsplash
green shutters
Photo by Chantal Garnier on Unsplash
blue shutters
Photo by Auriane Clément on Unsplash
outdoor fabric market
Charly Pn on Unsplash
blue flowered fabric
Provence Fabric Tradition Navy
blue cicada print fabric
French Blue Cicada Fabric
Vence Gold and Blue Allover Fabric

There’s so many different ways to take French Country style, so many places to find inspiration, including gorgeous works of fine art.

French Farmhouse/French Provencal Colors

I developed this soft French country color palette from this beautiful painting, “The Balcony” by French artist Edouard Manet. I think it’s a bit of mix of rustic French farmhouse style and French Provencal style . I’m just riffing off of the many beautiful French country styles. I think it’s important to be inspired by, but not slavishly imitate, the beautiful French styles.

three people on balcony
The Balcony, Edouard Manet

This palette could be used in a French country bedroom. I think it would be a beautiful palette for a French country kitchen, or maybe even a French country living room or dining room.

In my case, I was simply looking for an interesting paint color, or preferably many French country colors. I’m trying to create a French country home for my family. At the moment I am focusing on bringing French country style into our home by painting furniture. I think painting furniture is the quickest, and most fun, way to add a certain French je ne sais quois to your home.

Here is the video I made about creating this color palette and how to use paint to get an effect like the one on this dresser. If you prefer to read, the transcript follows just below the video.

Please check out my post, How to Paint Furniture French Country Style, for a more in-depth explanation of the wax resist technique I mention in this video.

Here is a supply list for the project, too.

You Will Need:

Dropcloth https://bit.ly/3yoIFGc

Paint Brush: https://low.es/37cXqQd

Painters’ Rags: https://bit.ly/3yjWUMn

Wax Candles: https://bit.ly/3yivBlw

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax: https://low.es/3yoJwqo

Wax Resist Tutorial: https://youtu.be/qunRqgDkrek

Sherwin-Williams Paint Palette:

Cocoon: https://bit.ly/3xibuT5

Cyberspace: https://bit.ly/3BWIT9s

Ionian: https://bit.ly/3BWJ1Wu

Grandview: https://bit.ly/3ihmyMc

Patience: https://bit.ly/2Vfz0TL

Farrow and Ball Paint Palette:

Salon Drab: https://bit.ly/3yhDgk3

Railings: https://bit.ly/3ifmX1n

Verdigris: https://bit.ly/3ig5aHy

De Nimes: https://bit.ly/3xhbtig

Matchstick: https://bit.ly/3A4cH2p

Transcript

My jumping off point for this dresser was the painting “The Balcony” by Edouard Manet. I always like to find a piece of art as an inspiration for how I’m going to paint something and in this case it was the balcony i love the different blues and greens and whites and how they all come together in this painting.

three people on balcony
The Balcony, Edouard Manet

Soft French Country Color Palette

I just eyeballed the colors in the Edouard Manet balcony painting and I used what I had on hand, because it was a way to use up odds and ends of paint. If you would like to recreate something like this, I am going to give you a proper – properly color matched color palette for this balcony painting in Farrow and Ball colors and also Sherwin-Williams. But these are the ones I used. I had some Valspar in Sea Swell. I had Pure White from Sherwin-Williams. Cocoon from Sherwin-Williams. Lounge Green from Sherwin-Williams. Parisian Patina from Sherwin-Williams. And a little bit of Downpipe from my beloved Farrow and Ball.

Thinking Outside the (Paint)box

I read online that Manet was criticized for this painting, because the colors clashed and didn’t match and didn’t work together. And then, when you look at it, of course, um, it’s just gorgeous. It’s all these blue greens and then there’s these blacks and charcoals and a little bit of white and even some khaki. And it’s just – it is a really unusual and interesting combo of colors, and i think it’s just beautiful. So I had a lot of odds and ends of paint that I wanted to use up, and I liked the idea that it might not all work and it might get criticized at the Paris Salon for, you know, not being quite right, color-wise.

Wax Resist is Perfect for Soft French Country Color Palette

For this dresser I used the same wax resist method that I talk about a lot in the “Ballerinas in Pink” dresser video. I just would paint a color and then go over it with my wax puck, and then paint another color, and then go over with the wax puck, and then paint another and go over, and so on and so on and so on.

Experiment with Joy

I just had a lot of fun experimenting. I wasn’t sure exactly how it was going to turn out, and there were definitely a few moments where I decided it was hideous and I was sorry i had even started. But that is very common when I think you’re doing any DIY there’s always a moment, I think I read that first in Miss Mustard Seed’s book; there’s always a moment with a project where you just want to throw the whole thing in the garbage and you’re convinced it’s hideously ugly.

But just push past that moment, the best is yet – is yet to come. And I’m actually, you know I-I like how it turned out a lot and I i hope you do, too.

Farrow and Ball Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, tan color palette
Farrow and Ball Color Palette

Here is a palette in Farrow and Ball colors color matched to The Balcony by Edouard Manet. Farrow and Ball Salon Drab, Railings, Verdigris, Des Nimes, and Matchstick.

Sherwin-Williams Soft French Country Color Palette

green, blue, drab color palette
Sherwin-Williams Color Palette

And here is a color palette in Sherwin-Williams paints color matched from the Edouard Manet painting “The Balcony.” Sherwin-Williams Cocoon, Cyberspace, Ionian, Grandview, and Patience.

Other Posts You’ll Enjoy

If you like French Country Style furniture, check out my other posts on painted furniture. The full wax resist tutorial is with my post, How to Paint Furniture French Country Style. You might also like French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina.

If you like creating lots of interest with layers of paints, you’ll enjoy my post, Painting Highlights and Lowlights With Chalk Paint.

How to Paint Furniture French Country Style

Dancers in Pink

The easiest way to add classic French country décor into your interior design is to use painted furniture. French country furniture is often painted. The French are very comfortable with painting furniture, unless it is a very fine wood. In this post I am going to show you how to paint furniture French country style using a simple wax resist technique.

Where can I find French Country Style Furniture?

You can find French provincial furniture, and good copies of French furniture with very nice faux finishes on them. But I prefer to paint my own. There is a lot of used furniture out there that needs a good home. And there are a lot of furniture pieces with the perfect shapes to look like French country furniture and provincial furniture.

All of that French Provincial furniture from the 1960s with the yellowish, slightly plasticky finish, for example, is in the perfect shapes, often quite good quality, perfect for repainting.

Facebook Marketplace is my go-to place to search for good furniture pieces, but I also love scouring local yard sales, thrift shops, and online and in-person auctions. Auctions just might be the place to score the lowest prices, although if you’re patient and persistent, great deals, I mean steals, are to be had everywhere. There is a lot of used furniture out in the world! HiBid.com is a great place to find online auctions in your local area.

You can easily do your own French country design with the perfect colors for you, at a fraction of the price of buying the real thing, or even good copies. And the furniture piece will be custom finished exactly the way you dream – no settling!

What kind of paint should I use to paint furniture French Country style?

I’ve painted furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint, (sometimes abbreviated as ASCP) other brands of chalk paint, milk paint, and latex paint. To be honest, while I love Annie Sloan chalk paint, latex paint is my go-to paint. It’s the most inexpensive and easy to get. The range of colors available can be overwhelming at first, but as you paint more often you will naturally develop your own, go-to color palette.

How to Paint Furniture French Country Style Using Wax Resist Technique

This is a tutorial about a favorite technique of mine to paint furniture French Country Style. This technique gives a shabby chic, French country decorating style.

Wax resist means you rub a candle all over your first coat of paint before adding your second. Then, when you paint over that first coat, the paint doesn’t adhere to where you rubbed the candle, creating a subtle, layered look that oozes rustic charm and patina.

You can repeat the wax resist as often as you like, creating layer upon layer of gorgeous textures and highlights.

It’s a perfect technique for classic French country style, or French farmhouse style. In this tutorial I’m using the technique to create a dresser for a French country bedroom. I’m using a muted color palette of light pinks.

I’ve included a supply list of everything you would need to do this project here.

Supply List

You Will Need:

Dropcloth

https://bit.ly/3yoIFGc

Paint Brush:

https://low.es/37cXqQd

Painters’ Rags:

https://bit.ly/3yjWUMn

Wax Candles:

https://bit.ly/3yivBlw

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax:

https://low.es/3yoJwqo

Sherwin-Williams Pure White in any paint line and sheen:

https://bit.ly/2WKbi2z

Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower in any paint line and sheen:

https://bit.ly/2TL9gOo

Video Tutorial

And here is the video I made for you about how to do a wax resist. If you prefer just to read, the transcript follows down below the video.

Transcript

Good Morning! This is Kathleen at oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I’m going to show you how to do a wax resist with paint to get a really awesome finish that looks like you sanded and have tons of layers but you didn’t, you just used wax.

It’s going to be a lovely French Country style girls’ French country bedroom set that I’m working on, so let’s get started.

Fine Art as Inspiration for French Country Style Painted Furniture

I always like to find a piece of art to use as inspiration, like a jumping off point when I start to paint a piece of furniture. In this case I found Edgar Degas’s, “Dancers in Pink.”

Dancers in Pink
Dancers in Pink, Edgar Degas

The way that their tulle skirts look is my – was my inspiration to do a wax resist with two different shades of pink on these dressers. I like to call these “Dancers in Pink” dressers.

Making Pink Furniture Subtle and Sophisticated, French Country Style

I’ve already painted the drawers with one coat of Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower. My little girl really wants pink, and I wanted to knock it back and make it a little bit more sophisticated than just pink, even though I know she’d be happy with like, just a plain pink drawer. But Mama would not be, so we’re going to try to do a few lighter coats over a wax resist.

How to do a Wax Resist

So, how to do a wax resist? I’m going to take this – this is a little tea light candle that I popped out of its metal backing and this is easy to hold. It’s just like a little puck, and then I’m going to just rub this very firmly all over each of these drawers and the dresser itself.

I’ll get closer so you can see. I actually do want quite a bit of this pink to show underneath the top coats of paler pink and white that I’m going to put on. I really want a lot of it to peep through, so I am being quite aggressive with my wax, because everywhere that I rub this wax, the next coat of paint is not going to stick.

So I do want it to look layered, but I also want a lot of the pink to show, because my little girl does really love this color. I want this piece look like French country style furniture. It will also be very shabby chic, because of the delicate pink and white I’m using.

I’m hoping this is something that she’ll like for a long time. And then maybe when she’s a teenager she’ll want to ask for an update, and maybe by then she’ll be painting her own! Okay, so I have waxed all of these with my little candle, and I’m just going to brush – brush them off quickly with a rag because some wax crumbs from the candle inevitably gets stuck.

Mixing a Custom Paint Color

Now I’m going to mix my top coat, which is going to be a custom blend of Sherwin-Williams Azalea Flower in this Super Paint here, and it’s in a satin. And then this Sherwin-Williams Pure White in their Cashmere line, which is in a flat.

And I just want to say these two paints that I’m using are pretty much purely accidental. We had a friend who didn’t like this gallon of pink she ordered, and so she passed it on to me. And my little girl happened to want pink furniture and I said, “well this is the pink we’re using because I have a whole gallon of it.”

But I wanted to cut it with white, and so I went in and I just wanted their Pure White in the cheapest line, but they didn’t have it available because of the raw material shortages that are happening everywhere right now – or actually I don’t know if it’s that or – I can’t – yeah, something about material shortages.

So they had to give it to me in Cashmere, which is a higher end line of Sherwin-Williams. But anyway, the main thing is, the colors are Pure White and Azalea Flower. So I’m going to take a paper plate, here it is, and I am going to mix these by starting with the white.

Using Just a Paper Plate, Stir Stick, and My Eyes

So I’m just going to pour a little bit of white onto – or a lot – of white onto my plate. It’s a bit messy, big gallons of paint, here wipe my finger off. I’m gonna pour that onto my plate. So I have a – I have like, a full plate. These are the lunch size plates.

And then I’m going to take the pink and with my stir stick I am going to start mixing it in until i get a color that I like. My inspiration for this lighter pink that I want on top is from the Farrow &Ball color Middleton Pink, which yes, I think is named after our Duchess Catherine.

I’m just going to mix it until I like the hue. I’m just going to dip my stir stick in my gallon of paint again. I realize I’m going to get a little bit of white in there by doing that, but that’s okay. So this is just, like, another dip. And now I’m gonna stir this.

I’m not measuring in any way, I am just eyeballing the color until I get something that I enjoy looking at. That is the only criteria. I have a vision.

Okay, this is getting better. It’s starting to look blushy. I’m going to add this – this is actually just about perfect, but I am going to go ahead and scoop just one more – one more scoop with my stir stick from my gallon of pink and I think this should do it.

So I’m gonna mix until all of the – and again, it takes a while. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re two different types of paint or what, but it takes a while to blend in all the swirlies before they finally go away. I actually – I’m gonna do one more stir stick’s full into here. So that’s four, if you were counting. I dipped my stir stick four times and got a glob of paint, of the pink. And I’ve mixed it into a full plate, a full lunch size Walmart paper plate of white paint.

Okay I think this is gonna do it. I think this is pink enough to get away from the white. From – from the – even the impression that it’s white, which is what I wanted to get away from.

You Don’t Have to Custom Mix

And you could do this with any colors that you wanted to get a custom mix. Or, you don’t have to mix paint. If you had, you know, if you want to do a wax resist with two paints you already have, of course that would work just fine.

Painting the Top Coat Over the Wax

I’m gonna take my trusty Purdy two inch angled brush and I am going to put the top coat on. Kind of the the fun mystery reveal because, you know, you don’t remember, or you can’t really see exactly where you rubbed in all of that candle wax.

Painting Over Metal Handles

And just a quick note on these handles. A lot of times I will take hardware off when I paint, but when it’s metal, I often don’t because I really like the way that metal looks painted and then just rubbed back. So I’ll paint this, but then when I go to finish it, I’ll rub some of that paint off. I like the look of hardware that’s been painted and rubbed back a little bit and then waxed. I think it looks really nice.

Wax Resist is Subtle

When you are rubbing your candle on your piece to do the resist don’t be shy, because the paint is pretty assertive and it will go over even some of the places that you thought you waxed. It’s quite subtle actually, um, which is what I love about it.

I don’t like things that have that look of being very heavily or deliberately distressed, like something that you’d find at Hobby Lobby or something with this sort of factory distressed finish on it. I’m trying to do something a little more subtle than that. Sometimes it ends up looking like that, and I do like that look, don’t get me wrong. It’s very pretty, it’s just then it looks like you bought it.

Okay here is my first drawer finished with the wax resist. You can see where it just wouldn’t go over that, and then just compare that to – so here it is with the one coat of Azalea flower and then here it is with my custom mix over top.

Finishing With Paste Wax

Okay and then when you’re done with the painting, I like to go over my paint jobs with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax and I have this Waxwell brush. You can use just a rag if you don’t have a fancy wax brush. So yeah, you just take your brush and you push that wax brush or rag and you just push the wax gently but firmly into the paint. Don’t be afraid of really pushing it into the paint strokes.

After it’s dried a bit I take a soft cotton rag and I just buff it. If there’s any orange wax I rub it away and I just buff it to a soft, hand rubbed, beautiful sheen. You can see that coming up. I’m a sucker for that. I just think that is the prettiest thing on furniture.

French Country Girls’ Bedroom Furniture

Here is the finished dresser. Edgar Degas’s “Ballerinas in Pink” inspired wax resist two-tone dresser for my little girls’ room. The base coat is Azalea Flower and the top coat is a custom mix of Azalea Flower and Pure White. All paints are by Sherwin-Williams. I think it looks like a tutu. Makes me wanna go dancing right now!

pink dresser
Pink Dresser

If you love French Country style painted furniture, please check out my other posts, French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina, and Khaki Green Paint Colors for French Country Style.

Swedish Country Color Palette

two half moon tables, striped rug

Swedish interiors are famed for delicate, layered, neutral color palettes. “Swedish country color palette” make me think of soft, natural color palettes incorporating wood, white walls, bright but light colors. These seem to be the province of Scandinavian interior design.

Carl Larsson painted hundreds of pictures of his beautiful Scandinavian home, painted and decorated by himself and his wife, Karin, who was also a gifted artist and artisan. I think Larsson’s paintings of his Swedish country home are a trove of inspiration for Swedish interior design, Swedish country interiors, Scandinavian decor, farmhouse style, painted furniture, Gustavian furniture, Scandinavian furniture, Swedish style and design.

If you love Swedish Country style, Karin Larsson is an interior designer you want to follow! And happily, her husband Carl left us a gorgeous record of her creativity.

Please enjoy the video I made for you about creating a Swedish Country paint color palette from a gorgeous piece of classic art.

If you prefer to read, I’ve posted the transcript right after the video.

Transcript

Hi, this is Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I wanted to take a Carl Larsson painting and pull out a beautiful Swedish Country color palette based on the colors in the painting. In Farrow and Ball paints and also in Sherwin-Williams. So here it is. I hope you enjoy.

So we’ve got this beautiful painting, At home in Solsidan, by Carl Larsson. It’s a painting of his home and it’s got a beautiful color palette. I pulled out a white and a gray and a red and a blue and a green.

Swedish Country Color Palette
At Home in Solsidan, Carl Larsson

Sherwin-Williams Swedish Country Color Palette

In Sherwin-Williams, I matched the colors to the following. I’ve linked each color here for easy reference.

paint color swatches

Farrow & Ball Swedish Country Color Palette Palette

if you wanted to do this in Farrow and Ball colors, I’ve linked each color here for easy reference.

white, red, green, grey, blue paint swatches

I hope you enjoyed this video about creating a Swedish country color paint palette based on a beautiful work of art. If you like Carl Larsson’s painting, you would enjoy my post, Swedish Country Style: 13 Key Elements to the Look, and my post, Get the Swedish Country Look with Chalk Paint.

Gold Painted Frames: from Cheap to fab

green wall, gold framed paintings
The Breakfast Room, Calke Abbey, Phil Sangwell, United Kingdom, Wikimedia Commons

Gold painted picture frames add beauty for pennies. Chalk paint, spray paint, acrylic paint, latex paint, craft paint, even milk paint or genuine gold leaf can work beautifully over inexpensive frames from the dollar store, Walmart, yard sales, or Goodwill. I love to paint picture frames because it’s a quick and easy way to add interest to a room. Painting an old frame is a perfect way to start that gallery wall you’ve been dreaming of. Start with one painted frame and add on as you find more, or go out to your thrift store or dollar store and buy all the frames you want to fill up a wall, and paint them all at once. If you’re lucky, you might find some charming antique frames and thrift stores or yard sales. If you’re not so lucky, metallic paint can do a great job. Paint will stick to an old wooden frame easily. It will work great over metal frames, too. But don’t pass up plastic frames. Paint can turn blah plastic into a beautiful frame.

I wanted some gold painted frames for my new cozy English style library. I had some old artwork in the form of posters, but posters were not going to fit my home décor vision.

Here is the video I made for you about turning cheap plastic frames into gold. If you prefer to read, I put the transcript right after the video down below. I added a supply list, too, for easy reference.

Supply List

For this decor project, you will need:

For this decor project, you will need: A picture frame. Or picture frames. I used these from Walmart:

https://bit.ly/3woMPvX

https://bit.ly/3xlF7nC

Canvas drop cloth

https://bit.ly/3yorB2D

Paint brush. I used this Purdy angled brush.

https://bit.ly/3htMbI1

Damp cloth

https://bit.ly/3hu1bp7

Sandpaper or sanding block

https://bit.ly/3dF2dNW

Valspar EE2015B, Driftwood, Interior Signature, Semigloss, Base B

https://low.es/3wa9Yln

Valspar Brilliant Metals Aged Brass

https://low.es/3wa9Yln

Transcript

I wanted this room to look like that picture of Calke Abbey, this one here where there’s these big beautiful oil paintings and gorgeous antique gold frames. Only problem is, I don’t have big oil paintings and I don’t have gold painted frames. So what to do? Can I turn these super cheap frames from Walmart into something that will look like a million bucks in my new English country house library?

Hey, this is Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I am going to try to make the cheapest frames I could find at Walmart into something that looks like a beautiful, aged gold frame for my new library. So let’s get started.

Prepping the frames for gold paint

These are a little different from other frames you you you work these corners until the glass pops out. Okay yeah, okay perfect, so yeah you just you go around each corner and you just kind of push and then your glass comes out.

And it’s got a little cardboard back. I’m going to paint over my little uh, glass front frame. I’m gonna get the edge and then actually I am also gonna paint the side. When you are painting these kind of frames make sure that you paint on that edge and then also on the inside because just a little bit of this inside vertical side does show when you put your picture and glass in. I found that out the hard way by putting in my picture and glass and seeing that there was a little black line, so I had to take it all out – and it was a big mess – and go back over it.

Oka,y my 20 by 30 frame. I already went ahead and put the poster in there that I wanted in there because the plastic doesn’t seem to detach from the black frame. And I just didn’t want to, I tried to pop it out and it didn’t seem to want to go, and I didn’t want to run the risk of cracking it. And if I get any paint splatters I’ll just, you know, scrape them off. Or wipe them off with a bit of paper towel.

I am going to take a little sanding block and just kind of go over this super shiny plastic because i think that might help it grip a little better.

Basecoat is essential for metallic paint

So the first thing I’m doing is painting the base coat driftwood semi-gloss, which is what you’re supposed to paint as the base coat to the Valspar Brilliant Metals Aged Brass. And it’s going okay on this super shiny plastic. It’s – it’s covering about as well as I would expect. Okay, so here is the frame after two coats of the Driftwood color base coat. It has stuck to the plastic pretty well. You can still see some of the black plastic frame shining through, but it’s nothing that I’m worried enough about to go over it a third time. Pretty – it was easy – I didn’t get any drips on my plastic, I mean my glass. I just used this, I think it’s a two inch Purdy angled brush, and I was able to stay on that edge and avoid getting on the plastic altogether, which is nice, but i had a rag here just in case. This is how it looks after one coat of the driftwood base coat. It sticks better to this plastic because it’s not as shiny as that other plastic and I don’t – I’m not even going to go over it a second time. This will be good enough. I’m trying to use just the corner of my brush so i don’t get the plastic. The laziest picture frame painting, just wanted to do a quick project. But no, seriously I think on these poster frames the plastic’s not even meant to pop out, you know, they’re just, they’re very, very inexpensive. This one was six or seven dollars.

Gold Painted Frames

And here are the finished products. Here’s the fatter frame with the – that was that shiny plastic and now it’s gold, not too shabby.

gold painted frame

Of course it’s the same paint as I used up there on the trim, and again here’s the two Bruegel posters with their faux metal frames. The narrow little gold around the edge. I think they look pretty good.

two gold painted frames

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If you’re interested in painting things to give a rich effect, you’ll enjoy my post French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina. If you love English Country Style, check out my post, English Country Style: A Cozy Home Library Color Palette.

swedish country style: 13 Key Elements to The look

striped settee, striped rug

What is Swedish Country Style?

Swedish Country Interiors have a distinct look. They are Gustavian style simplified. The Swedish interior is a Scandinavian style that works well for casual, hi / low decorating. It is a farmhouse style with a color palette of delicate blues and greens, reds, whites, and greys, clean lines, and Gustavian furniture.

I find Swedish interior design for country living and country houses to be some of the most beautiful and inspirational. I wanted to share ideas with you from three Swedish interior design experts. First, Carl Larsson, the painter, and his wife, Karin. Karin was also an artist. Together they designed an iconic family home. Second, Carol Glasser, an interior designer whose take on Swedish Country house design, and decor, will give you inspiration for a lifetime of decorating.

Here is the video I made for you about getting Swedish Country Style into your home. If you prefer to read, the transcript follows right after the video.

So I thought what I’d do is take two really inspirational people that have wonderful ideas that you could incorporate for Swedish Country Style. I wanted to show you the paintings of Carl Larsson and the interior design of Carol Glasser. These are two artists who really inspire me and I think they have a lot of amazing ideas for Swedish Country Style. So Carl Larsson first.

Two Icons of Swedish Country Style: Karin & Carl Larsson

Carl Larson was a Swedish painter and he lived in the late 1800s and he and his wife Karin – Karin was also an artist – and in 1888 they got a home. I think Karin’s dad gave it to them and it was a country house in Sweden. They had six or seven children and they lived in this house and they decorated it themselves in a very beautiful and artistic way and incorporating traditional Swedish style along with anything else that they found artistically interesting.

And Carl painted his family and his wife and the interiors of their home and he left tons of these paintings and they are a trove of ideas for Swedish Country Style. So I wanted to show you some of those and pull out the elements that make it so Swedish, and things that we can take and do in our house, and then all of a sudden you’re like, wow, Swedish Country Style in my house!

Swedish Country Interiors: Carol Glasser

And then also, intermixed with these Carl Larsson paintings, I want to show you some of the work of Carol Glasser.

Carol Glasser is an interior designer based in Houston, Texas. I find everything that I have ever seen her do to be the utmost in perfection. She seems to love the European country style. I’ve seen a lot of her French Country Style work via Joni Webb’s blog, Cote de Texas. I’ll link in the description below. Joni has three or four really great articles about Carol Glasser. I’ve linked them here:

And then Carol was gracious enough to give me permission to use some of the photographs from her website so that I can show you her Swedish Country Style. I wish that she had a book so I could look at it every day. I think everything she does is brilliant and if you are in love with French Country Style, Scandinavian Country Style, European Country Style generally, she is the interior designer for you.

13 Ways to the Get Swedish Country Style Look

13 elements that you could put one or all 13 into your home and add some Swedish Country Style.

Swedish Country Fabric

The first one is fabric. Checked fabric, striped fabric instantly give a Swedish look. tTere’s this, um, you can do any color of checks, like these gorgeous red and white ones here on this armchair in Carol Glasser’s home.

Here are some blue and white checks and a painting by Carl Larsson

Blue and white stripes. I would say blue green and white or blue and white stripes or checks would be quintessentially Swedish.

Here, though, you see yellow stripes, as well, so really any color. Here’s some more pictures of Carl Larsson’s house. These beautiful chairs covered with these little slip covers, some red stripes and red checks from Carol Glasser.

Sofas & Settees

Okay the second thing is the sofa or the settee. Get a sofa or sette with wooden carved legs that you can see and a very simple clean silhouette on top, just kind of like a straight line across.

brown wingback settee
Esbjorn at Study Corner

Here’s one from a beautiful country house that’s a museum now in Sweden.

Red Gingham Settee
Svindersvik, Sweden. Photo by Einarspetz

Swedish Country Chairs, Carved & Painted

Painted and carved woodwork. Just get any chair and paint it. You could add gilding.

Paint them white, paint them warm gray, and then, you know, cover the seat with a chair cover and checks. I have a tutorial on my blog about a tie on chair cover I am the worst most beginning sewer and I could do this project so you could too. Dining chairs all wooden, painted or not painted. This is one of the Swedish Royal Family’s historic palaces, Stromsholm. Note the beautiful weathered wood on the chairs.

brown wood chairs
Strömsholm Palace. Photo by Dick Norberg. Copyright: Kungl. Hovstaterna.

And here is the drawing room of the Crown Prince’s bedchamber at Stromsholm Palace. It looks like the same type of chairs from the ballroom, above, but this time, painted yellow with gorgeous teal green upholstery.

Tea Tables

Instead of a coffee table that is low kind of even or lower than your couch or chair, these tea tables that the Swedish tend to like to use come up higher. I tried this in my own living room after being inspired by this. I just dragged a table I had that was, you know, standard table height, over to my love seat just kind of like this here, and it is awesome, especially if you’re serving food. It’s easier than the coffee table actually and I really like how it looks because it looks a little different.

wood settee, round table
When the Children Have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson

Half Moon Tables

Demilune, half moon tables that you can push up against the wall when they’re not in use.

half moon table, white panel curtains
Holiday Reading, Carl Larsson

Or bring out into the middle of the room like in this painting here. Fit them together to make one full table.

Blond Wood Floors

Bleached blonde wood floors. So very light wood. Paint it light or bleach it, or just get it finished in a light light stain or get it pickled somehow.

blond wood floor, checked bench
Fullersta Farm, Sweden. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.

But I think traditionally in these old houses they wouldn’t put anything on the floor, they just put the boards down and left them to weather. Now you can see here this has a light stain on it, or you know there are different ways to finish the floors in this blonde look, but that is a quintessential Swedish look, the blonde floors. I think this is Svindersvik, if I’m saying it right. You can see the silvery floors. This is Stromsholm, another palace in Sweden. You can see the floors aren’t finished at all. I don’t even know if they oil them, or if they’re just left the way they are but the boards turn silvery over time.

blond wood floor, painted faux paneling
At Home, Carl Larsson
blond wood floor, blue tile stove
Tollin, Josabeth Sjoberg
gray painted chairs red gingham upholstery
Svindersvik Manor. Photo by Einarspetz.
pale wood floor
Stromsholm Castle By Dick Norberg, Copyright Kungl. Hovstaterna
Stromsholm Ballroom Chairs
Stromsholm Ballroom Chairs. Photo by Dick Norberg. Copyright Kungl. Hovstaverna

Classic Swedish Flat Weave Rugs

Okay, flat weave rugs. The Swedish are really known for these.

I think it might have started because they didn’t have the money for the plush rugs with pile and they would make these flat weave rugs and they would traditionally be a runner like you can see here in Carl Larsson’s home.

And then if they wanted it to move around the room they just folded it over, you can see there and in this picture over by the shoes it’s just folded and then it goes on its way horizontal, they want to go vertical they folded it, and on it goes.

striped settee, striped rug
Cosy Corner. From A Home 26 Watercolours by Carl Larsson
two half moon tables, striped rug
At Home at Solsidan, Carl Larsson
rug, wood floor, painted faux paneling
At Home, Carl Larsson

There it is again, so I think that’s a pretty cool idea. And then here’s just a beautiful striped larger flat weave rug in Carol Glasser’s home.

Poster Beds

For beds, a canopy bed or a four poster bed. Painted wood with some carving, that would be a great way to add some Swedish style into your home as well.

Here’s a green – very simple bed painted green at Carl Larsson’s home ,and you can see through to his room with the canopy bed there.

green bed
Cock-a-doodle-do, it’s seven o’clock, Carl Larsson

Swedish Country Furniture Style

Okay, and then for the rest of your furniture, paint it. Look for furniture with little channels in it, like the Swedish cupboard carved and then with simple tapered legs.

So with channeled carving, or any other kind of carving, painted white or a light color and then tapered legs like you see that little blue night table, a little green, and this very simple bench with just this light greenish white color and simple tapered legs here. Again the settee, and there’s a little dresser in the corner with the little tapered legs and painted white. The channeled carving I’m talking about like on these chairs.

green bed, blue nighttable
Brita’s Forty Winks, Carl Larsson
blond wood floor, checked bench
Fullersta Farm, Sweden. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.
blue and green Swedish Country style chairs
Swedish Style Dining Chairs, copyright Kathleen Monaghan

Crystal Chandeliers

Crystal chandeliers are a very Swedish look. Here’s an example of a few. You obviously – you know you can buy antique chandeliers for really relatively cheap if you get lucky. You can also just go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and they’ve got tons of really nice ones, but it’s a nice pretty way to add some Swedish Country Style to your house. And there’s another one.

Swedish Country Window Treatments

What do you put on the windows? Swags, panels, or Swedish blinds.

So here you see some beautiful Swedish blinds, they’re so sheer.

Here’s some Roman shades which are not exactly the same as a Swedish blind.

Simple paneled curtains that go all the way to the floor, but nothing fussy, just a simple panel.

half moon table, white panel curtains
Holiday Reading, Carl Larsson

And then here are just like a swag that’s just simply – looks like tacked up over the window, or you could drape it over a curtain rod.

crystal chandelier, white swag
A Day of Celebration, Fanny Brate

There’s some long simple panel curtains again.

Decoratively Painted Walls

You could paint or stencil your walls. Obviously Carl and Karin Larsson were artists and they probably, you know, they had all the skill, they used these beautiful paintings and swags and flowers on the walls.

green bed
Cock-a-doodle-do, it’s seven o’clock, Carl Larsson

There’s a little saying painted over that door, the door is obviously very painted.

green bed, blue nighttable
Brita’s Forty Winks, Carl Larsson
striped rug
Between Christmas and New Year, Carl Larsson
rug, wood floor, painted faux paneling
At Home, Carl Larsson

Painted faux paneling, you can see here they’ve, at Carol Glasser’s home she’s just painted the wall in dark gray and a lighter gray and it looks like paneling.

Or this beautiful, I had to include this, this is another museum in Sweden, that beautiful painted kitchen.

blue painted kitchen
Tureholm Palace Kitchen Photo by Holger Ellgaard

And then here’s another example, some other examples of more elaborate, probably painted on a canvas and then tacked up to the wall or something like that.

floral painted walls
Sturehov Castle Ottiliana’s Bedroom. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.
painted wall murals
Stromsholm Castle. Photo Dick Norberg. Copyright Kungl. Hovstaterna
painted murals, blue tile stove
Sturehov Castle. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.

But stencils will give that Swedish look for sure.

Tile Stoves

And then just a couple bonus ones. If you could afford to get a tile stove. Obviously it’s very cold in Sweden and at a certain point in time this technology came in and what happens is the the fire in there heats up these tiles and the tiles turn around and heat up the room and it’s more efficient than an open fireplace and also very beautiful. You can see all these decorative tiles so if you can get something like that somehow sourced for your house. Carol Glasser seems to have one in her house. I don’t know what her source is, maybe I’ll do another video on that in the future.

blue tile stove
Fullersta Farm Blue Tile Stove. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.
blond wood floor, blue tile stove
Tollin, Josabeth Sjoberg
painted murals, blue tile stove
Sturehov Castle. Photo by Holger Ellgaard.
tile stove
Carpenter and Painter, Carl Larsson
rug, wood floor, painted faux paneling
At Home, Carl Larsson

Mora Clocks

And then last but not least, the Mora Clock. I think if you are around Swedish Country Style at all, you’ve seen these clocks. Again, you can get reproductions pretty easily. You can also get the real antiques pretty easily – relatively easily. They’re kind of expensive. But a great beautiful shape there, and quintessentially Swedish.

mora clock
Mora Clock. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg
Mora Clock
Mora Clock. Söderlångviks Museum Finland. Photo by Johan Fredriksson

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