Traditional furniture fabricated in French provincial centers such as Orleans and Lyon will have ornate carvings and cabriole legs. If you are repainting a table, then those attributes might present a problem because they’re natural places for paint to collect, and brushing out the excess is very likely to abandon brushstrokes. You may circumvent this issue by spray painting, however, the color you like might not be available in spray cans. A solution is to use a foam brush. You will find the best results if you prepare the table correctly by sanding and priming it and if you use high-quality paint.
Prepare the workspace for painting by covering the floor with a canvas drop cloth and opening a window. Put the table upright on the drop cloth, nicely out of range of other furniture within the room.
Clean out the table using a solution of household soap and warm water to remove dirt spots, grime and scuff marks.
Sand the old finish by hand with 150-grit or finer sandpaper. Avoid coarser grits because they leave scratch marks that show up under the paint. Sand the legs lengthwise, using a rolled-up sheet of pliers to get in crevices. Move the paper in straight lines, instead of swirls, round the camel.
Wipe of the sawdust using a tack cloth.
Apply a thin coat of stain-blocking wood primer. It is best to spray the primer using a spray may because it tends to leave brush marks, even in the event that you use a foam brush. If you spray, then put on a respirator and hold the can upright and the nozzle about six inches from the surface. Overlap the spray pattern by half on every pass. Do not worry about streaks — just cover the entire table.
Tint a semi-gloss oil- or water-based enamel to an off-white hue of your liking. Though it usually is era that darkens it, a French provincial furniture complete is seldom pure white.
Brush on a thin coat of the paint using a foam brush. Blend the brushstrokes into another by brushing from an area that hasn’t been painted to one who has, and gently brush with the grain of their timber. Let the coat dry, then scrape it using 320-grit sandpaper, wipe the table with tack cloth, and apply another paint coat. Apply a third coat if needed.