Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Toy Boy

This week's project is a Tall Boy that matches the dressing table I finished last week.  I was talking about this to the girls at work and had an unfortunate slip up calling it my Toy Boy... A few hours of smutty jokes about the size of his drawers, how long it was going to take to wax him and his stubby little legs later I am pretty stuck on Toy Boy now...


After two coats of cream chalk paint, a rub down and waxing.

Here's how he looks before I start any work.


He's definitely seen better days.  The veneer is a bit knocked and scratched in places.


But I'll work all this into my shabby look to add to the finished look. Next step is to take all the handles off and get ready for the first coat.



And here he is after one coat of a cream chalk paint.  I'm using a fine sandpaper to shabby up the paintwork.  Like the dressing table I painted gold onto the tops of the drawers for a bit of bling.



Finally, here's the new boy - looks good!



Sunday, 13 January 2013

Dressing Table? Love the curvy calves!

Here's a dressing table I worked on - starting with the REVEAL - I bought this a while ago and put it in the garage with a tallboy dresser that will be my next project. 



This 1950s dresser still has the glass top and has been painted and waxed with cream chalk paint.

Here it is before I started.


People are always asking for this kind of dressing table, I love the detail of the drawers and those curvy legs!



As I get into this project, I'll bring out the scroll design, but start by taking off the handles and get everything ready.


And here I am after a first coat - I decided to use cream chalk paint this this time.



It's amazing how good it looks after just once coat, on the second coat I'll think about just how shabby I want to go with this.


The handles of the drawers are going to be another job.


I've added gold to the top of the drawers for a bit of bling when they are opened.  


I put some more gold onto the scroll work of the middle drawer


And here it is so far... 






































Once I waxed it with clear wax, the lovely cream colour came out of the chalk paint, the handles are back on and it's ready to go!


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Chouchou Blanket Box



The REVEAL - an old blanket box gets a make over.


I've had this blanket box some time.  Here's the before pic, quite a bit of damage to the varnish and a white mark made by a hot mug of tea!

Next, here's the box painted with Chalk Paint, it's Paloma which is a lovely soft lavender or violet.



I didn't want to experiment with too much distressing of paint with this piece, I love the victorian style graphics on the site of The Graphics Fairy and have transferred two here on the lid, then painted over in antique gold.


I added a final bee to the front of this box then did a small bit of 'distressing' around the lid and lip along the bottom of the box.  Then used clear wax to finish - it added a lovely soft shine.


So here it is, my finished blanket box, I'm really pleased with it!!