Sunday, 13 October 2013

For Marie-Anne - Chalk Paint Refurb

This weekend I'm spending time over in Paisley with Marie-Anne and Justin - I'm refurbing an old chest of drawers that currently lives in the entrance hall - starting with the "Reveal"



The hallway has an oval white mirror and I'm matching up with Old White Chalk Paint.


So here she is in brown... just look at those lovely knobbly knees!!  Marie-Anne wanted to keep the original handles and as they are more or less fused on with tiny old screws, I'll have to keep them on during the refurb.


This piece of furniture has been in Marie-Anne's family for a very long time.  it has some fantastic features - beading around the drawers and lovely detail on the top.  But it's had its fair share of knocks over the years.


Part of the beading was missing on the right side of the dresser top and used 'half moon' beads to balance things.


I got to work while Fifi and Marie-Anne cuddled up on a sofa :-)


...now down to some sanding.


And an all-over coat of clear wax to seal.  So I left the original handles on, gave them a shabby white coat and sealed with wax too.


See at the top of the dressing table on the right - you'd never know the beading had been fixed would you?


The insides of the drawers are painted in Emperor's Silk - that lovely rich red.
Finished with a bit of Antique Gold on the drawer tops.


Looks fantastic!!


This is now one of my favourite pieces - the hallway looks lovely  :-)