We’re creating a French Country look with spray paint and wax today!
As we get ready to welcome another season, now is a great time to knock out big and small DIY projects.
My Mom used to have this shelf hanging up in the dining room of her primary home, Bliss Barracks for years.
She recently decided to hang wall art in its place. But my Mom loved the designs on the metal shelf so much, that she had a hard time letting it go.
Given my parents still live at my childhood home, Loblolly, part-time, I assured her we could give the shelf a French Country feel with just a little bit of paint and dark wax.
Besides, we’re already collecting home décor items to give Loblolly a refresh anyway and I think it will be a perfect fit.
Here are a Few Simple Tips on Creating a French Country Look with Spray Paint…
Creating a French Country Look with Spray Paint Supplies:
- Metal Shelf (You could also use a wall plaque, corbel, salvage piece or even a flowerpot)
- Spray Paint (We used Rust oleum’s White Spray Paint in a Satin Finish)
- Dark Paste Wax
- Wax Brush
- Deco Art Chalky Paint, optional (We used the color Primitive)
- Lint Free Cloth
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
Creating a French Country Look with Spray Paint Steps:
Make sure your decorative piece is clean and free from dirt or debris.
Using caution and care, spray paint your decorative piece in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) and allow it to dry completely.
We sprayed this metal shelf with two light and uneven coats of Rust oleum’s White Spray Paint in a Satin finish. But my preference would have been Flat White. They didn’t have it in stock at the time though.
Spraying uneven coats allows for an “aged over time” look when you’re adding layers as opposed to a “factory finish” look.
Once your decorative piece is dry, begin creating a French Country look with dark wax. If you’ve never used dark wax before, a little definitely goes a long way.
You can apply the wax with a lint-free cloth but using a wax brush will help you get into all the nooks and crannies.
You can check out this post, How to Clean a Wax Brush With Ease, if you need some tips on caring for your wax brushes.
After the dark wax has dried to a haze, you can highlight the raised or embellished areas with chalky paint if desired.
We used Deco Art’s Chalky Paint in Primitive and applied it with an old t-shirt.
Once the additional paint layer has dried, use a fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand over your decorative piece.
We used 220-grit, but you could also use a fine-grit sanding block.
Decorating with French Country Inspired Pieces…
After creating a French Country look with spray paint for this metal shelf, I realized you could use it in a bookcase, library, or even a hutch too.
I’m not sure where we’re going to use it at Loblolly yet, but it feels good to have options.
Bonus, French Country home décor pieces are not always easy to find especially at affordable prices so it’s nice to know we can always create our own French Country look using this technique!
Let us know how you’re creating a French Country look with spray paint this season.Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Other French Country Posts to Enjoy:
- French Country Cabinet Makeover
- French Country Table Makeover
- How to Give a Dresser a French Country Feel
- DIY French Country Mantel Art
- French Country Painted Planter