Vintage French Serving Cart: Ooh La La!

This is the piece that turned me around to appreciate French style furniture. I looked upon this vintage serving cart as more of a challenge, really, than something I wanted to paint. It was a decent price at a thrift store, and the old finish was really gummy and grimy. The bones, however, were solid, and the curves were speaking to me. This is how it started:

French Service Cart Before

I wanted something sharp and artistic, with appealing, contrasting colors. I actually picked out these two hues separately, for two other projects, and when I held the paint chips in my hand together, I pictured the French cart in my mind. So this is what I did:

French Service Cart

The two knobs on the “top drawer” had to go because it wasn’t really a drawer. I could see other people come along and try to yank on the knobs to open the non-existent drawer, just like I did. How annoying.

French Service Cart 4

The back and sides got a curvy, moroccan sort of pattern, with small gold dots for accent.

French Service Cart5

French Service Cart 6

Since this cart was so fun to paint, I have collected a few more nice French style vintage furniture pieces that need makeovers!

Are you fond of French furniture? Bright colors? I’m happy to read your comments, and I generally respond by email. Thanks for reading!
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About Leslie Howard

I love color, painting, furniture and architecture. The world is a better place when we have wonderful things to feast our eyes on!
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4 Responses to Vintage French Serving Cart: Ooh La La!

  1. Wow. Brave color choice, but absolutely perfect. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!


  2. saundra says:

    Magnificent piece; magnificent vision! I’m looking forward to seeing more French provincial makeovers!


  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Such a happy piece! I love the color combination!


  4. sharp and contrasting colors..great, you did it. i really wonder about the ornament, it reminds me about Jepara furniture like mines : )
    awesome vintage, really.

    kindly regards,
    Ridwan Sunaryo,
    Indonesian furniture supplier


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