paris cafÉ bed: FRENCH COUNTRY STYLE

red table and chairs

My son and I were inspired to paint this “Paris café” bed to be like these beautiful chairs and tables at this Paris café. Enjoy the video. If you prefer to read, the transcript follows below.

Transcript

I call this the Paris café bed because I got the idea for the colors from this beautiful picture of a café – outdoor café somewhere in Paris.

This was a bed frame that we got for free and my son saw it and he said, “I want that bed:” because he’s on the top bunk and he’s tired of being on the top bunk. So I said, well okay, why don’t we paint it? because it was pretty ugly and he loves red.

So he said he wanted to paint it red and I had some odds and ends left over of red paint, so we just got that out.

Paris café bed red paint colors

The colors that I used were actually Porter Paints Wet Coral for the main part the orangey red, and then the darker red trim is Olympic Paints Red Gumball. It was a very flat paint so then I waxed over that with Minwax paste wax and then the Valspar Brilliant Metals Aged Brass which I have a whole bunch of. We added a little metallic shimmer.

Now if you don’t want to get a headache running around after all those paints and you just want to go to Sherwin-Williams, I color matched them to I would say Sherwin-Williams Gladiola for the orangey red and Sherwin-Williams Antique Red for that darker red trim. And then of course the Valspar Brilliant Metals Aged Brass stays the same.

If you wanted to do this with Annie Sloan paint I would say Emperor’s Silk would be great for the brighter main red and then Primer Red for that darker red trim would be what I would recommend. So here it is, the Paris café bed. And my son, who’s something of a Francophile, is loving it.

If you like this video, please consider giving me a thumbs up down below. Thank you so much for watching. I can’t wait to make more videos about French, Swedish, and English country styles. Bye.

If you like French Country Style furniture, you will probably enjoy my posts Khaki Green Paint Colors for French Country Style and French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina.

Khaki Green Paint Colors for french country style

three khaki green chairs

I compare and contrast two traditional khaki green paint colors: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Olive and Sherwin-Williams Cocoon. They are both perfect for a French Country or Paris Country Style look on your painted furniture. They will give you amazing results. They are both my new favorite neutral to complement almost any other furniture and decor. I hope this video helps you find your go-to neutral paint. If you prefer reading, I’ve posted the transcript of the video below.

Transcript

Two Traditional Khaki Green Paint Colors

Hey! This is Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I wanted to talk about two beautiful khaki paint colors, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Olive, Sherwin-Williams Cocoon. They are both great for indoor furniture.

All right, well, it’s obvious from my two chairs, the one on the left I painted in Olive by Annie Sloan and the one on the right in Cocoon by Sherwin-Williams. And the paint chip card, on the color card these colors look identical. You can see that they’re not.

Which color is best?

I think these are both gorgeous shades of khaki. This is my chair that I wanted to cover all over in a little wash of olive and then ran out of the paint because I unexpectedly loved it and started painting lots of things with it. So I went and got some Sherwin-Williams Cocoon. according to my eyes on the color chips and sample cards, looks exactly the same as Annie Sloan Olive, but then as we saw on my chairs, hmm, pretty different.

Olive is greener, Cocoon is browner

My chairs are a more accurate colour sample than the color cards. The Olive seems a lot greener. So I’m going to cover up this patch that I couldn’t before with my brush and we’re just gonna see if it blends in with the Annie Sloan Olive. My Cocoon color has dried and let’s see if I can tell a difference from where I have painted olive.

I just think both colors are wonderful. I do think they could interchange for each other, even though, as you can see, they are really not an exact color match. But they are very close.

This is my favorite, favorite neutral for painting furniture. Either olive by Annie Sloan or cocoon by Sherwin-Williams. Both paint colors give amazing results.

I used to love Chateau Grey by Annie Sloan the best.

But that was before she came out with her Olive. Olive is kind of a newer color for her. I think it’s just a little more serious than Chateau Grey it’s got a little bit more brown in it, but in a good way. It really does look like pale olive leaves. Sherwin-Williams Cocoon really does look like a cocoon. The color names do a great job of describing the subtle difference in the two colors. Olive is slightly greener, and Cocoon is slightly browner.

So much complexity and depth

I was very skeptical before I bought my sample pot. I was like, I don’t know why I’m wasting my money on this color, it’s just not going to be very exciting, but it’s one of those colors that’s not so exciting on the chip, or even in the can, but when you get it on you’re like, oh my gosh, I love that color it’s just so interesting and complex. It’s a great neutral because it’ll bring out the prettiness of the browns in the room it’ll also look fabulous with any red. It just it plays well with so many different colors and it really gives that classic French painted furniture look.

Classic, traditional, and very French

It is a traditional green decorative paint color for furniture. It will give your old furniture a traditional green painted furniture style. So Annie Sloan Olive or Sherwin-Williams Cocoon. A French Provincial or like a Paris Provincial or Paris Country, French Country look.

If you love painted furniture, you’ll probably enjoy my posts, French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina and Get the Swedish Gustavian Look With Chalk Paint.

French Country Style: Give Your Furniture Parisian Patina

I used this beautiful picture of a fountain in Paris as a jumping-off point to paint several dressers with Sherwin-Williams latex paint.

green copper fountain
Photo by Vitor Pinto on Unsplash

Check out the video for the full tutorial. If you prefer, a transcript of the video follows below. I have also included a supply list with links to make it easy to find everything.

Supply List

You will need: Your furniture piece

Sherwin-Williams Parisian Patina, Captivate paint line, Flat (any paint line or sheen would work)

Sherwin-Williams Lounge Green, Emerald paint line, Matte (any paint line or sheen would work)

Paint Brush. I like Purdy brushes.

Minwax furniture paste.

Wax brush or rags.

Adhesive Size

Copper Leaf

Gilding brush

Transcript

I usually think of Paris as a warm gray but I love the idea of it being a patinated oxide oxidized copper um like some of the roofs or the metro sign or the fancy fountains in Paris and the name of the paint actually gave me the whole inspiration for the project and I love the idea.

Hey this is Kathleen from oldworldfarmhouse.com and today I am cleaning off some furniture that I got off Facebook Marketplace. So I’m mixing four tablespoons into two gallons of warm water. I got these two dressers and nightstand and a bed facebook marketplace for free and they are – they need – they got a really rough paint job with a lot of drips that need to be sanded off and they also kind of smell like maybe mouse pee. So the first step is just for me to take my Dirtex solution, it’s this pale yellow, the more Dirrtex you put in the darker it gets. This is the concentration, four tablespoons to two gallons of water, for furniture. I think it should be fine and I’m just going to wipe it down, all over inside and out. What this stuff is on here, something really gross, yes definitely some kind of animal pee, but the Dirtex should take care of it. Um, Dirtex is a little different from TSP and that they say explicitly on the box you do not have to rinse, whereas with TSP you’re always having to do a rinse. But um, I might go over this twice, because it’s pretty gross. Okay, while I’m out here I’m also going to take off all the hardware with a screwdriver.

Okay, so now we are standing the rough paint. There’s a very rough paint job with lots of marks right here with 60 grit paper. Okay we finally got these pieces cleaned up and we are ready to start painting. We are using Sherwin-Williams Parisian Patina and I’m probably going to do some accents in Lounge Green.

I’ve got one of my favorite helpers here, my daughter stirring the paint, and I’m just testing out from the lid with my Purdy trim brush, which is pretty much my favorite thing to paint with, and we’re gonna just get started painting upside down. I have painted this whole piece in Parisian Patina and now I am adding highlights with Lounge Green to give it that look like copper gets on a building where it’s oxidized all over green, and then in some areas it’s, you know, just a little greener like where it sticks out, like it’s elbows or something. So I have the – the barest minimum amount of paint on this brush like it’s – it’s so dry that I couldn’t possibly get it any drier and here’s my ridge and I’m just gonna – just the – the tiniest suggestion of more oxidation on the corners, even though I realize it’s obviously wood, so it’s ridiculous, the wood wouldn’t be oxidized, but the overall effect will be – will be cool, you’ll see. So yeah, it’s the teeniest bit of dry brushing, brush, brush.

Let’s see here I had to load up my brush again, and it wasn’t quite as optimally dry so I’ll probably just go and touch that up with my other brush to cover it maybe when it’s dry.

I really don’t want anything but the barest hint.

Today I am going to be waxing my pieces with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural. Waxwell brush, trusty brush, and I’m just rubbing this on. I – the paints I chose were very, uh, one of them is called Flat that’s the Captivate Parisian Patina in their Captivate which is their kind of, their budget paint line, and I got that in a flat, and then Lounge Green, which is this lighter green color here, is in the Emerald Matte paint so it’s very matte, and i think that rubbing it with the wax is going to give it a nice, that nice, you know, hand rubbed look. So again I’m just pressing and pushing it into the paint. I want to do a very, very thin layer. The Minwax furniture wax, um, is a good budget alternative to the Annie Sloan clear wax. It might have a slight more bit of yellow to it but I don’t really care about that. I’ve never really, I don’t think it’s noticeable and it’s ten dollars for one pound versus I can’t remember how much you get in a tin of Annie Sloan, um, slightly less and it’s – it’s slightly more, so it’s a very good product. But uh, I am just as, you know, I – I love going into Sherwin-Williams and being able to pick out any color and getting that kind of inspiration and knowing that I’m paying so much less. I don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail because I don’t have a stockist near me for Annie Sloan, sadly. Um, so yeah that’s what we’re doing, and then here’s the top. My little girl was helping me and she has run off. So you can see there how it – it is slightly yellow but when you rub it on. I – this will be the final step. I think that I will only wax these pieces once. They’re not going to be getting a lot of hard wear. If I was being very responsible I might wax the top twice because we might set – inevitably set glasses and things like that on there. And I am waxing over these handles. I copper leafed them and I am waxing over them to seal them. That way the copper leaf is not going to patinate as it ages. It’s going to stay bright.

And today I’m going to show you how to copper leaf drawer handles. I am going to copper leaf all of these metal drawer handles for my new french dressers and the first step is to paint all of them with size. Now this one I got on Amazon. Speedball Metal Leaf. I have used this so far on eight or nine handles and four clawfoot tub feet in my bathtub, and I still have quite a bit left. I just got a little whatever cheapo brush. You dip it in your size and then you paint all over and it looks kind of white. Some of these are half done already because I was leafing them and I ran out of copper leaf so now I’m going back. But it looks white. It’s kind of hard to see, because these handles are white, but when you paint it on, it’ll look white and then you go away and you wait 30 minutes or 45 minutes or so until it is completely clear and when you come back and it’s clear, it will feel sticky and that’s the point when you start to attach your leaf. This is copper leaf. You can do gold, brass, silver, there’s all different colors. It has dried nice and clear and it’s time to put on the copper leaf. I bought this from Amazon. It was, I think, eight bucks. Um, it’s, they come in all different price points and all different, uh numbers. This is one of the smaller uh, sets of leaf, and it comes like this. There’s a leaf and then there’s a piece of tissue paper in between each each leaf like that so what you do is you just, and you place it, whatever it is you’re leafing, wanting to leaf. And then you take a brush, you can buy a special brush, you know, made for copper leafing, that’s what this is. It’s kind of nice because they’re soft and that’s what they’re meant for, but if you just want to use like a little kids paintbrush or anything that’s soft yes, like, oh, my daughter’s right here off screen. This is just like a Crayola crayon brush. This would work fine because all you’re gonna do with it is just push gently you just you’re pushing it on to the size and the excess leaf, you know, you just kind of brush away, you brush it off. It comes off,

And then you have your, and this is a little part I missed, so I’m going to, I’m going to take this little bit and lay it on there and just again take my brush and push and then whatever isn’t directly stuck to some size it just comes – it comes right off and you can brush it away and use it on another, uh thing or you know if it’s too small, discard.

And here is the finished product. I did two dressers exactly the same way with the Parisian Patina and Lounge Green highlights and the copper leafed handles, and one nightstand and I’m painting the bed a totally different color for my son. So I’m very pleased with how this turned out and I think it does have a Parisian patina.