Take a peek at my newest painting project, a hand painted French Provincial chest in Little Piggy:

hand painted french provincial chest

I cannot take credit for the inspiration. That goes to Mary Vitullo of Orphans With Makeup. Mary not only creates beautifully painted pieces of furniture, but her styling is brilliant. Here’s the Little Boho, a French Provincial chest by Mary:

French Provincial Chest

See what I mean? Mary displays fancy doilies in the window and a hanging basket featuring plush animals and a gorgeous pompom cloth with delicate tatting. You may catch a glimpse of my empty painted basket in the photos below.

Last year I bought a French Provincial chest and put it into storage. I delayed doing anything with it because it faced competition from mostly Mid-Century Modern furniture in our booth. But such an adorable painted piece brings radiance anywhere it lands.

Mary used Little Piggy from Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tones for Tots. After trying to buy locally, I turned to my blogging buddy, Melanie Alexander of Lost and Found. She sells this paint line and I’ve been meaning to give it a try. Melanie and I started blogging around the same time, so I’ve always felt a special connection to her. She’s also excellent at shipping quickly.

French Provincial is such a feminine style that I felt I had to go with the Little Piggy color. Unlike Mary’s piece, however, I didn’t distress. Fellow painters take note, Little Piggy is a tad pinker once you get 3 coats on but it’s still a light blush.

Tones for Tots Fusion Mineral Paint

I pulled out my piece and started cleaning.French Provincial Chest

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French Provincial chest

Fusion Mineral Paint is thinner than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and it glides on.

hand painted French Provincial chest

Tomorrow we’ll take this lovely girl into our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery amid the mid-century items and create a vignette. Although we’ll staged it for a nursery, this chest is perfect for a girl of any age.

French Provincial Chest

handpaianted french provincial chest

Using Tones for Tots was a breeze and I can’t wait to try Little Speckled Frog to match this froggie.

Thanks for visiting. You can also find us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Ann Marie and David

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8 Comments on Little Piggy Goes to Market

  1. Susie from The Chelsea Project
    August 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

    These are beautiful pieces. You do amazing work. And I totally get the inspiration from Mary. She is just a genius. I love her work, too. And Melanie sent me my first Fusion paint to try. There’s never a time when I hear the word Fusion that I don’t think of my dearest Melanie. Thanks so much for linking your lovely work to Friday’s Furniture Fix. We are so honored to have you share with us. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • irisabbey
      August 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words, Susie. I don’t paint as much as I’d like because the market around here seems saturated. I’m pleased to tell you, however, this Little Piggy piece sold in 5 days.

  2. Katrin
    September 4, 2016 at 7:38 am (5 years ago)

    It’s a beautiful chest, I love the shape and of course the colour! I also love the hanging doilies in the window, a great inspiration for sure!

    • irisabbey
      September 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Katrin. I’m pleased with how this chest turned out — and it sold in 5 days!

  3. Melanie
    September 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing about my online shop Ann Marie and for being a great customer 🙂 I wish I could find a piece like this to work on–good pieces are getting very thin in my area. Great job!!

    • irisabbey
      September 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Melanie. A woman bought it for herself. I’m pleased with how it turned out and appreciate your providing the paint. I received you email and will place my order soon.

  4. Mary-the boondocks blog
    September 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a really beautiful piece Ann Marie. It is perfect for a nursery or for anyone who is feeling young at heart. The color is so soothing. I will have to give this paint a try when I get to the States.

    • irisabbey
      September 8, 2016 at 12:30 am (5 years ago)

      Mary, are you returning to the States to live or visit? How exciting. I do like this Fusion Paint and am awaiting my current order. I wasn’t there when the Little Piggy chest sold. Michael, my son didn’t think I should have outfitted it for a nursery, but I wanted to attempt a vignette. After it sold, I asked the salesperson if it was purchased for a nursery, a child, or an adult woman. It was appropriate for any of those. A lady bought it for herself. Good for her!


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