Live in (French Country) Style

Written by BatSheva Vaknin

Live in (French Country) Style By BatSheva Vaknin

Parlez-vous FranÁes? Donít worry - you donít need to speak French in order to enjoyrepparttar bright, comfortable and classic style of French Country in your home. From weathered walls to wide wooden tables, it is not hard to achieverepparttar 145560 French Country look usingrepparttar 145561 following guidelines.

French Country style is all about well-used, worn-in, imperfect but beautiful architectural elements, furniture and accessories. Forget sleek lines, fine china, and black, white and gray color combos. Instead, fill your house with chunky wood tables, dozens of sweet-smelling flowers, and brightly patterned couches, curtains and pillows styled afterrepparttar 145562 look of Provence,repparttar 145563 southeast region in France that bordersrepparttar 145564 Mediterranean Sea.

When choosing a French Country style home, think alongrepparttar 145565 lines of cracked wood beams, curved panels, hand-carved decorations and raw material flooring and walls, like stone or exposed brick. Raw or distressed wood also can be used to cultivate a French Country atmosphere, as do uneven plaster walls.

Donít worry about that spider crack inrepparttar 145566 paint in your kitchen, orrepparttar 145567 slight discoloration ofrepparttar 145568 paint in your bedroom or living room. In French Country "speak", these imperfections simply add character.

Other French Country architectural features include shutters for your windows, narrow, deeply cut window sills, and striped fabric awnings over windows to affordrepparttar 145569 home dweller extra protect fromrepparttar 145570 heat.

But what if you just want to add some French Country flair torepparttar 145571 home you already have, without changing its walls, floors and windows? No sweat. Rustic furniture is a key element torepparttar 145572 French Country style. Think oversized rectangle or round wooden dining room tables, with a dull waxed or natural finish.

Chairs and occasional tables ofrepparttar 145573 French Country style can be curved or boast carved designs inrepparttar 145574 woodwork. Dining room chairs can have a ladderback style or vertical slats. Also, large armoires are well-suited torepparttar 145575 French Country look, givingrepparttar 145576 owner a nice cool place to store dishes, linens, or even clothing.

Finally, achieve that French Country style withrepparttar 145577 perfect fabrics and accessories that have that certain je ne sais quoi. Use toile material, a gauzy linen or cotton, in white, cream or yellow with bright contrasting colors. Choose themes such as monkeys, Chinese patterns, and eighteenth century courting scenes, all of which are predominant in French Country design.

Caring for your Wood Furniture

Written by BatSheva Vaknin

Caring for your Wood Furniture By BatSheva Vaknin

There is nothing like wood furniture to add elegance and beauty to a home. Whether it is a thick, all-natural butchers block table, an Art Deco wooden dresser, a simple mahogany dining room table or a sleek, modern coffee table, wood furniture is a staple in homes across America andrepparttar world. Make sure your wood tables, vanities and dressers stay gorgeous for generations to come with these simple solutions and guidelines. Stain, Stain, Go Away! Ever gasped after a child inadvertently left a giant scratch inrepparttar 145559 surface of your dining room table? Or cringed when a well-meaning adult accidentally knocked over a drink onto your beautiful wood coffee table? Well, fear not. One ofrepparttar 145560 best attributes of wood furniture is that it is simple to touch up or renew its original luster.

Small nicks and scratches can usually be disguised withrepparttar 145561 help of a store-bought scratch cover product. For larger scratches, try using a felt tip pen or shoe polish in a color closely matched torepparttar 145562 finish ofrepparttar 145563 furniture piece. Shoe polish applicator bottles filled withrepparttar 145564 stain work well forrepparttar 145565 cover-up job, as do Sharpie markers. Coloring inrepparttar 145566 scratch is easy and surprisingly effective.

Get rid of pesky water spots on your wood furniture by allowingrepparttar 145567 spots to dry completely, then rubbing real mayonnaise onto it with a soft cloth, untilrepparttar 145568 spots disappear. Erase color rings left on tables by cups and glasses with a homemade mixture of cigarette ashes and cooking oil. Preprepparttar 145569 stain first by scrubbing it with an abrasive pad or sandpaper. Then, rubrepparttar 145570 oil and ash concoction intorepparttar 145571 wood.

And what about candle wax, marringrepparttar 145572 beautiful finish of your wood dining room table? Wait untilrepparttar 145573 wax cools, then apply ice. Oncerepparttar 145574 wax becomes extremely hard and brittle, gently scrape it off with a plastic spatula. Finally, polishrepparttar 145575 table with a rich cream polish, and buff away any residue.

Remove or Disguise Scratches and Stains

Problem: Solution: Nicks, Scratches Magic Marker or Shoe Polish Water Spots Mayonnaise Color Rings Sandpaper, Ashes and Oil Wax Ice

An Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Protection Prevent serious damage to your wood furniture by taking care not to position it in direct sunlight. Unless you are going forrepparttar 145576 weathered picnic table look, shield all wood furniture fromrepparttar 145577 drying influence ofrepparttar 145578 sun. Also, protect your dining room tableís finish using an inexpensive table pad whenrepparttar 145579 table is not in use.

When eating a meal or entertaining guests, use a tablecloth or placemats to protectrepparttar 145580 finish of a wood table, especially when serving hot food. Place hot serving dishes atop a hot pad and candle holders over a large felt protector with a plastic top, since plastic prevents wax from running.

Use coasters beneath all glasses and mugs to protect your coffee table, dining room table and wood dressers from unsightly rings and water spots. Beware, because not all coasters are created equal. Metal coasters can sweat ontorepparttar 145581 wood, and plastic coasters can react with certain finishes on some wood furniture pieces. So consider choosing wooden coasters with felt backing and a waterproof material on top to further ensurerepparttar 145582 longevity of your wood table tops. The best coasters are those that taper up onrepparttar 145583 sides, preventing leakage.

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