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French Provincial Nightstands in Old White

When I think of the French Provincial style, I immediately go to neutrals: warm whites, creams, soft blues and sandy wood tones.  When I picked up this pair, I'd just finished painting several large pieces in bolder colors, so I thought I'd go back to Annie Sloan's Old White for a change.  

Although white can feel like the safe choice, I can always count on it transforming any piece of dowdy furniture into sometime clean and beautiful. Sometimes if a style of furniture is so traditional, it's best not to attempt to modernize it with bold color.

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Keeping these traditional resulted in a pair of timeless, classic nightstands that could work in almost any room.  Your color preferences may change, but it's always smart to have a few key grounding pieces in neutral colors to anchor a space.

Sanding and distressing old white pieces is essential. It takes the piece from feeling one dimensions and brings its details to life. [like the gorgeous legs on these nightstands, shown above]

Some might see these as too feminine and floral in detail, but for me, these touches are just a nod to the French style.  They could just as easily flank a masculine, wood bed as they could a more sumptuous tufted headboard. 

I just posted the pair to Craigslist, and I'll be updating my shop with several pieces today [I finally had enough sunlight to do some photography yesterday!], so keep an eye out for new pieces at ASD!