Friday, February 24, 2012

French Revival?

The nod toward French inspiration is everywhere lately. Eiffel Tower images, fleur de lis motifs and French script, text and phrases. I've always been a fan of the fleur de lis and have more of them than I'd like to admit floating around the premises however this French revival or influence has taken hold of me yet again.

I'm becoming a fan of fonts and text on decorative accessories such as throw pillows and table runners to name a few. Roman and Arabic numerals are WAY cool and have influenced a few of my projects lately too,  but back to "Le Francais".

Simple, one-word "phrases" in French are hip, cool and trendy. So, here's my first attempt at a "Frugal Tree-inspired", French "phrase".

Vertes = Green, as in "GO GREEN", ECO, Trees, Upcycling, Recycling, etc . . . 

A plain, reclaimed plate was given a boost of character with a stencil set, some Martha Stewart satin acrylic craft paint in vanilla bean (a great color!) and finished with some Valspar flat clear sealer.

I used a sponge brush to dab the paint into the stencil.  I wanted a distressed look so left some areas devoid of paint.  The matte clear-coat removed the previously shiny finish from the plate and gave it a look similar to stoneware - - - a bonus for that Old World feel.

Displaying some highly relevant, GREEN moss balls!

I made this for my shop but heck, I'm liking it so much I may have to make a few more (for myself!). Hmmm, what "Frenchy-words" shall I use next?

Sharing this at:
The Shabby Nest - Frugal Friday
Common Ground - Vintage Inspiration
At The Picket Fence - Inspiration Friday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - Flaunt It Friday


  1. Just love this, looks like you're an expert already! I really like the way you dabbed the brush for that distressed look. I, too, am obsessed with the whole French thing and words on pillows and furniture. Great job!

    Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}

    1. Hi Kathleen. Thanks for visiting and boosting my confidence in stenciling! :-)

  2. Very nice, really like the idea & look of those repurposed monogramed can's the plate is lovey too. Great idea Frugal!

    1. Glad you are enjoying my frugal, upcycled plate idea NonnaG! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Blessed to have found your blog from Charm of Home linky party! New Follower!
    Jen @ F5

  4. YAY, Congrats!!! I got to be your 50th follower!!!! Have a special day!
    ~jen @ F5

    1. Hi Jen. So glad you found me and THANKS for helping me reach the big 5-0!!!!!!!!! Do you hear the fanfare in the background? :-)


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