Sunday, 28 April 2013

Coffee Table in Paris Grey

Here's a coffee table story - starting with the REVEAL.

I often see these tables and look out for anything with an interesting bit of carving - here's the BEFORE pic.

 Nice legs with lots of carving - a bit of the damage to repair...

There were a couple of cracks to fill in above the leg and on the rim of the table.

 Originally, this would have been a very grand table to have your afternoon cup of tea and slice of cake from.  The walnut veneer is quite damaged now, but not chipped - so perfect for a refurb.

My original idea was to do lots of distressing BUT when I did that, I checked with a bit of clear wax and felt it was just too much for this little piece.

 So I washed all the distressed parts with some Paris Grey to tone things down a bit, which works a lot better.

 I added the Paris Grey Wash over the top of the table too.

 So now the shabby, distressed look is much softer and I think works.

 I'm pleased with the final look, the whole table has been sealed with clear wax now.  Oh, the weather is rotten today... it might still be cold and wet outside but it's Paris inside!!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Mirror with Drawers Refurb

A veeeery short story...

a nice little project.

Not much to do - but these kind of mirrors with drawers are lovely when they are all shabbied up.

In fact I did try to change the handles to some brass ones that I washed in the Old White chalk paint I used... then changed my mind and used gold buff on the original handles.  

A little more gold on the tops of the drawers and it's done.  Sweet!!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Duck Egg Blue Chest of Drawers

This is the REVEAL of this old brown chest of Drawers...

It started out s really very plain - nice little cabriole legs and to be fair, the drawers work smoothly, which is great!

But not a great looker... I'll need to replace the handles, one of them is missing.  I'll look forward to using the other five on another piece some time.

Quite a lot of sanding to prep the top of the dresser to get rid of bumps.  I really couldn't decide what would be the best colour... I ended up going for a long walk with Fifi...

I walked along the river and decided I wanted something springlike, I want COLOUR!! So I've gone for Duck Egg Blue paint - all over...  Here she is after one coat.

I recently came across some truly fabulous Edwardian very solid brass handles on ebay, the duck egg blue and gold colours are beautiful together.

I finished the drawer tops with some gold to bring a little more glamour.

Absolutely LOVE the effect of blue and gold. I did a veeery small bit of sanding to this piece around the edges and on the legs.  What a yummy chest of drawers!!