French country style at Froggatt and Frost
If you were to browse my Home Lovin’ Pinterest board you would very quickly notice that my favourite interior style is French country style. I adore the colours – greys, whites, blues, the painted furniture and plenty of natural wood. I dream of a gorgeous farm house filled with lived in linens and loved in furniture. For now this is just a dream but to satisfy my Francophile tendencies I will keep popping into Froggatt and Frost – a haven for those of you with magpie tendencies.
The shop is located on the Main Road in Diep River and is a perfect spot to do a bit of browsing – there are gorgeous garden goodies and lovely linen, pretty pots, pewter and kitchenalia. They are also well-known for their fabulous painted and restored wooden furniture such as beds, bookshelves, tables, dressers and amoires. I popped in a while back and snapped a few pics – but these definitely can’t do the space justice as there is just so much to see!
Froggatt and Frost have also recently started stocking a new line of decorative Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. This versatile paint product can be applied straight on to furniture without the need to prime, sand, or even remove old wax, paint or varnish – the paint will even adhere to wood, plastic, stone, brick, concrete and metal. The unique formulation of Chalk Paint™ means that it can be used on walls and floors as well as furniture. I’m super keen to try this out on a little kist I have in my lounge that desperately needs a revamp from it’s orange pine! I’m keen to personalise it by mixing a colour – possibly a soft grey blue. The paint can also be diluted to make a wash that will show the wood grain. By adding Annie Sloan Soft Wax you can change the depth of colour as well as add a protective finish. Chalk Paint is water based and eco-friendly and contains virtually no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and is odour free. It’s safe for use in nurseries and on children’s toys. Chalk Paint™ costs R250 per litre tin and the Soft Wax – Clear & Dark costs R140 per 500ml.
194 Main Rd, Diep River, Cape Town
Phone: 021 715 9089
Images: Kathryn Rossiter, last image supplied by Annie Sloan
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