Gorgeous French Provincial Serpentine Server
There are always items in my inventory that I will wait to be claimed for custom. Often, if a piece is on the larger side, I will wait due to my own personal limited space. I simply don’t have the room to finish a large piece of painted furniture and have it sit waiting to sell. That’s the beauty of custom work, I suppose, knowing that once finished it will be leaving to its forever home. I have been waiting for the perfect customer to claim this french provincial serpentine server for exactly that reason. When she finally did I was ecstatic! It is vintage, solid, with great curves and even better hardware. I couldn’t wait to transform this serpentine server. Just take a look at those legs!
The Painted Serpentine Server makeover
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The first thing I did was break out my electric sander and sand the top down to bare wood. It had some wear and tear on it, but nothing preventing it from becoming beautiful again. The pattern in the wood grain that was revealed is amazing! The rest of the piece was also prepped for paint. This is my full process for How to Prep Painted Furniture.
The top was stained dark while the body and drawers were hand painted in layers of shades of grays, off white, and a touch of seafoam green. She was then distressed to perfection. It’s time like these that I wish I wrote down exactly what I did. Sigh, hindsight.
Ornate Vintage Hardware
The original hardware was scrubbed, cleaned and refreshed to a dark metallic silver, which enhanced its gorgeous details.
The Result – Layered Painted French Provincial Server
Even if I don’t remember the exact colors and process for this (I deeply apologize for that) I will try my best to not let that happen again.
Sister Piece of Painted Furniture
This is actually a sister piece, so to speak. The previous piece was a smaller buffet, originally made by Ethan Allen done in the same shades of grays, seafoam and off whites with the top sanded and stained dark. This curvy serpentine piece is painted in the same colors but different variations giving a look that compliments but doesn’t copy.
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