Sunday 25 March 2012

French Provincial Placemats Tutorial

Hi All

Hope you all had a great weekend!!! Sadly, it's already Sunday evening/night in our side of the world!!! 

Well the whole day was quite productive...since I have been asked by a few fellow bloggers to do a tute on the wooden placemats, I did exactly that!

Following is (hopefully) a step by step tutorial on how to make your own French provincial placemats!
Also this is the first time I have used crackle glaze....and I was so happy with the results that I went camera crazy, yet again!!!!

Alright, let's get started!!!

Step 1: Pre-cut MDF boards available from your local hardware store, or you could buy a big piece and cut it yourself.
Step 2: You need to paint the boards with a base coat...I chose black. 

Step 3: Slip slap some crackle glaze on the boards and wait for it to dry!

 Please excuse the painting with left hand since I was taking the photos with my right!

Step 4: Paint the top coat and watch the magic of crackle glaze! 

  I then changed my mind and painted two of the boards with white base coats and black top coats (But that's just me!!!)

Step 5: Free hand paint 'Provincial'. You could also use stencils.
I could never colour between the lines, so I free hand paint everything....modifying as I go.

Step 6: Seal the boards, once dry they'll be ready to use.

Nearly done!

Step 7: Glue some nice paper behind the boards so that they don't scratch the table.


Cut to size....

Done!!! There you have it...French Provincial Placemats!!!


 I love the patina on these!!! Chippy shabby chic French Provincial placemats!!!! 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! 

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  1. Rani,

    I love the tutorial! Now I have to find out where I can get precut MDF board. You were very thorough in your instructions. I always think it makes a more valuable post. Thank you !
    BTW, I am your newest follower! Hope you will add me too. :o)
    I have always wanted to visit Australia and NZ.
    sigh! I will never be able to afford it, but I can dream.


  2. Great looking placemats and a wonderful tute too!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Those are adorable! I would not have thought of using MDF. My hubby can get that free at work! Thanks for sharing.


  4. VERY VERY cute!! and great job painting with the left hand!! LoL

  5. These are fantastic! You did a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday.

  6. Very cool. These were great. Thanks.

  7. Absolutely adorable and full of ingenuity. Love these pieces.

  8. I LOVE them!!! and the fabric on the back is a perfect touch! I might have to be making these sometime soon!!!

    Thanks for linking up @ Creatively Living!

  9. These are so pretty! And great tutorial!

  10. Love this idea! I'd like to use the same materials/process, but they would have to be kid-proof,LOL! What would you suggest I use to seal the placemats so that they can be wiped down easily after a meal?

  11. Great tutorial! What would you recommend I use to seal the placemats so that they can be easily wiped down with a wet cloth after a meal? I would need for them to be kid-friendly! Thanks!

  12. These are so pretty. I have never been a placemats person but I am rethinking that now!


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