French Grain Sack Server


This pretty little server was an experiment!  I wanted a different look to her and normally if the top of a piece is scratched I paint it the same color as the base or it ends up in vintage white.  Not this time!  I decided to try painting a coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut and then a coat of Vermont Slate.  I slightly distressed with a damp cloth to highlight both colors and then used aging cream to finish and protect.  I’m really loving the look!  I used a homemade chalk paint version of  Duck Egg Blue for the base and then brushed on a mixture of clear wax and aging cream.



And now↓



One of the original knobs were broken so I used a couple that I had in my stash.  They looked way too dark for this piece so I painted them with the blue and then used CeCe’s Vintage White over the top, highly distressed with a damp cloth and achieved the perfect finish!


I added this sweet French Grain Sack graphic found at The Graphics Fairy with the Blender Marker Method.






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  1. So beautiful! You did an awesome job. I looked back at the technique you used. Do you mind e-mailing me the exact instructions? Does the marker, dampen the design, or how does it work? Thanks for sharing this!!

    • Hi Kathy…I thought I had already replied to you but I guess not. Anyway, yes ~ the marker does dampen the design and transfers the ink onto the wood or fabric, which ever you are using. You must use a laser printer though, it will not work with an inkjet. However, you have plenty of time after printing before you have to transfer so if you don’t own a laser printer, you could use a friend’s or Kinko’s. I’ve waited up to an hour after printing and the transfer worked great. Be careful with a brand new marker, sometimes it can get a little to wet and smear the design. It can always be touched up but just beware. It’s better to go over it the first time with a little lighter touch, check it, and then go back over it pressing as hard as you need to. Hope this helps. Let me know if you give it a try. I would love to hear how this method worked for you! Blessings ~ Judy

  2. So pretty! Great job! I love the images you added. x

    • Thanks so much Emma. It’s always fun to try new and different designs from The Graphics Fairy. :) Blessings ~ Judy

  3. JaneEllen says:

    The bigger buffet is great, the color is very pleasing and the storage is wonderful. But my favorite is the French Grain server. Sure wish I knew how you find all the great pieces. It’s very hard here to find anything then if I do it’s so expensive at the thrift stores. I’m hoping to find good affordable pieces at yard sales this year or on Craigslist or another free selling/buying site.
    You always do such a great job which leads me to believe all the pieces you put in your condo will be awesome.
    I”m working on a night stand/end table and just need to put the finishing wax on it. I’ve never used the wax before so am a little nervous. I bought Johnsons light finishing wax. I intend to do some stenciling on the piece, do I wax first or stencil? I’ll reread your how-to’s for the server, maybe give me a clue, duh.

    • LOL…you will want to stencil first. I’ve never used Johnson’s finishing wax but I would assume it works similar to what I use. Just make sure your stencil is good and dry before applying the wax to avoid any smearing. Finding furniture pieces at affordable prices is the hardest part of this job. So I feel your pain. Sometimes I go weeks without finding anything good and then sometimes I luck out and find truck loads all at once. Kinda crazy!!! Let me know how your nightstand turns out, would LOVE to hear! Blessings ~ Judy

  4. Hi Judy, Another beautiful piece. Simply stunning. You say you use aging cream? I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of that. Where do you find it? So glad you stopped by and linked up at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

    • Thanks so much Peggy! CeCe Caldwell calls her dark wax ~ aging cream. It is a lot creamier than Annie Sloan’s but works the exact same way! I use both. Hope you are having a great weekend! ~ Judy :)

  5. WOW Judy! The piece looks fabulous!

    Thanks for partying with me last week! Can’t wait to party with you again tomorrow evening at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    • Thanks Christine! Always LOVE your parties! I will be back again next week…busy getting ready for a huge market this weekend ~ Junk In The Trunk in Scottsdale, AZ. Thanks again! HUGS ~ Judy

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