This classic black farmhouse dining table, with its mismatched set of dining chairs, truly embodies the essence of French country style. Although I had a full set of identical chairs, two of them were non-functional and unrepairable. I did happen to have two excellent classic oak farmhouse style chairs that worked well for creating the collected over time look I wanted to achieve. One of the aspects that I adore about French country is that it’s style is not matchy-matchy. It’s a blend of country rustic with formal elegance. It’s so down to earth and comfortable, yet remains elegant. I’m going to interject right now and let you know this is a picture heavy post. Just be patient if it seems like the page isn’t loading quickly. I just had so many favorite images that I had a difficult time deciding which ones to share. You’re getting the whole kit and kaboodle with this one.
All photos are Pinnable.
In earlier posts, My Gustavian Style part 1 & part 2, I have mentioned that my personal style is a blend of French country, cottage, and Swedish Gustavian. Gustavian style finishes inspired the finish on the shutters you see here. They have been a work in progress, something that I began creating a few years ago. I do plan to continue adding to the finish, but for now the simplicity and soft pale shade of blue works perfectly in contrast against the black French country farmhouse dining table.
Styling this table was a reasonably easy job but I did have to do a few retakes because once I loaded some of the photos they weren’t up to par. The photos weren’t clearly in focus on the first go around. That is the reason you see the table styled in two different, yet similar fashions.
I used one of these shutters as a backdrop in this blog post about a sweet romantic bookshelf. If you would like to take a look at that, you can do so here.
Let me tell you a little about the origin of this dining set. When I carried this set home with me, it wore a horrible shade of dingy yellow paint with a light oak stain on top. As far as the upholstery fabric goes…. nothing much is to be said. A picture is worth a thousand words. I also recovered the seat cushions too.
I have a few images before I began working on a new finish. And for the love of all that is kind and sweet, please pin the prettier photos. I wish I knew how to disable pinning ugly pictures. I have a love, hate issue with before and afters. The before will be at the bottom of this post.
From the get-go, I knew what I wanted to do as far as a paint finish. I wanted to create a timeless classic black finish with an imperfect, dark walnut stain. I also needed to add some basic finishes to my furniture portfolio. Not everyone appreciates textured and layered paint and faux finishes.
What? No. Say it isn’t true.
There are still a lot of people that like a sleek, clean design. This table with the black paint finish will work well for those who lean more heavily towards modern French country or modern farmhouse style.
Here are a few close-ups.
I do love black. In fact, I wear quite a bit of dark clothing. But the reason I adore black in home decor is because the smallest touch of it instantly grounds any interior space, and adds a modern touch to most every type of design style.
Technically speaking, depending on who you might consult for the answers, black, even white is not considered a color. It’s the absence of color. Okay. Whatever. That would be debating semantics. While those types of discussions can be fun, they are akin to arguing whether the sky is blue. You feel me? LOL. Let us just suffice it to say ….Black is always au courant, and one can never go wrong with using that color.
I couldn’t decide which photo looked best or which composition was best…. what do you think?
Which of the following three images do you like best?
In Alaska, during certain times of the year, we need to use colors that reflect light rather than absorb light. White does that job. The color of the shutters, not a stark white, but more of a the palest shade of blue worked perfectly for reflecting light back at the table. When I pulled the shutters into the room, I didn’t think about all the technical aspects of how it would reflect light back towards my subject; the black dining table with its walnut color stained top. It just worked out that way.
Is this information to technical and boring? I fear that it is.
I’m sharing all of this because what I learned about light and shadows in my sketching class at Academy of Art, made sense in the most hands-on of ways. But you don’t need to understand the science behind color to make it work beautifully for your home. What we can be sure of is black, color or not, absorbs light.
Here is my tip for you: If you want to brighten up a space use touches of white in your home decor.
When everything feels overly bright, add a touch of black to give the eyes a place to rest. Does that make sense?
Keep in mind, you don’t have to stick to black and white to apply this little trick. Dark colors and light colors of any shade will almost always create the same effect. So if you want to use navy blue, dark gray, or any richly saturated color and contrast it with pale shades of any color, go for it. It’s dark vs light. This little trick will work to ground your space no matter the color that you choose.
Yesterday when I sat down to write a post about this table I got to telling a story about how this area evolved and the disaster that led to me doing a wall treatment and painting the floor. I realized that all I had written and edited wasn’t sufficient for such a beautifully designed table. Instead of scrapping what I wrote, I saved it for another post that will include a quick DIY on the wall treatment that I used. I very much like my DIY wallpaper.
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Whew… I am wiped out now. It’s time for a cup of hot tea.
One more thing- This table is available in Anchorage, Alaska. If you swing by Family Flea Market on Old Seward, ask for Kate. She is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever known and talking with her is so fun.
This week I’m linking up with these fabulous ladies. If you are looking to get lost in tons of inspiration, DIY ideas, recipes, home decor, styling tips, please click any one of these links. These links are the yellow brick road to pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Painted Drawer- Suzanne- The Painted Drawer Link Party
Elizabeth & Co – Sharon – Be Inspired
Posed Perfection– Nici- Creative Ways Link Party
Anderson and Grant– Jamie- Your Turn to Shine
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