Friday, 28 February 2014

Oak Chest of Drawers - painted grey with chalk paint

When I saw this chest of drawers, I was drawn to the beautiful wood and Art Nouveau handles.  Starting with how things finished - here's how it looks at the shop.

And here's how things started out.  The chest is heavy polished solid oak - beautiful wood.

However there have been some changes - originally, it would have had a mirror and some small shelves fitted to the top.  These have been removed, I bet they were beautifully carved, maybe the mirror was salvaged and now hangs on someone's wall...

The sides have taken some knocks too along the way.

But look at those fantastic Arts and Crafts handles, all perfect condition - aren't they beautiful?

 I filled in and sanded all the damage and got to work using Autentico chalk paint in Loft colour.  Painting the whole shell and finished with clear wax and a sealer to the top to protect, leaving a soft shine.

It really accentuates the shape of the carved wood and leaves the warmth of the oak.  The drawers have been polished up and put back into the unit.

Ready for a new home - a lot of admiration from men so far, must be quite a masculine piece :-)

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Lamp refurb - with Red Chalk Paint

Another dull, rainy day here... I need a bit of colour and there's so many things that can be done with Chalk Paint. This lamp started out white and I thought it would look good jazzed up in a red - here's how it looked after a couple of coats of Autentico Ruby red chalk paint.

Once dry, I waxed all over with Autentico's dark wax to finish and seal.  Wiping away most of the wax but leaving some to bring out the design.

The finished piece is really very attention grabbing, at last a bit of colour, very pretty!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Black and Cream 1940s Dresser Refurb

Well it's been a good week, the sun has shown itself between hailstones and high winds and I got to work on a really nice chest of drawers with three mirrors.  A compact piece, with some cute little brass handles.  Here's the reveal...

And here's how it unfolded...

So this nice piece of 1940 bedroom furniture was quite plain but had potential - the three mirrors are mounted onto solid wood and the drawers are nice and easy to open and close.

The brass handles are just perfect.

No need to repair any parts - just some nasty scratches to be taken care of in the refurb process.

I gave it a couple of coats of Autentico's Paris White - a yummy 'vanilla ice cream' white.

And painted the drawers.  I left the handles on and gave them a coat of paint with the aim of waxing back the cover to highlight the design. 

I thought it might look good enough plain and went the whole hog, painting the back and mirrors, waxing all over with a clear wax and shabbying up the paint a little.  But it was no good, just too plain!!

After a stroll in the park I was so happy to see the snowdrops and crocus flower were announcing spring :-)

I went back to work with Autentico's Nearly Black and gave the drawers some gold bling along the top.

The handles have been waxed and rubbed to bring out the pattern in the brass.

I left the shabby look to the drawers and gave the black paint a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  It leaves a lovely soft sheen.

I took the black down the sides and left the back and mirror coloured Paris White.

All finished, looking gooooooood.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Mirror refurb - Paris White Chalk Paint and White Wax

Just a quick story today, I painted a triple mirror in a creamy coloured chalk paint by Autentico called 'Paris White'.  I didn't take a before pic because it was just plain pine - but should have - as the results were really great!

I used clear wax all over and then rubbed a second coat of white wax over, the ice cream colour with white looks lovely on this piece.  Shame it was getting late on and losing light.

Here's a close up of the wood buffed up - you can see the white wax looking like a wash.

I repainted this table today as well, it was grey (a bit boring actually) and now it's Gers Blu - again the pic has been taken late on when the light's fading, but it looks so sweet with that little lamp.

Another thing that happened today is someone was admiring some of the vintage finds and said, I love you stuff but really don't like that monkey...

How can you not like Monkey?  I looooooove my little Monkey!!!!! :-)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Mirror, mirror - Do Over

This is a pretty old (and as usual brown) mirror.  It's very heavy glass and wood and I'll need to drill new hooks into the back to make sure it can hang horizontally.  I like to start with the REVEAL - here it is finished and in the shop window.

The reason I swooped and bought it was that it's got a really pretty design carved into the frame.  Here's the original brooown version...

I took the pic on Saturday - guess what, blue skies in Glasgow.  Yay!! I forgot what sun looked like after months of feeling like I was in a Film Noir (with all that rain).

I gave it a couple of coats of Venice Fog - a grey chalk paint from the Autentico Vintage range.

Then dry brushed the detail with Autentico's Roman White to bring out the design... so pretty!

It was only in the window a few hours before someone came in to ask about it... not sold yet, but I don't think it will be around for long!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Traditional Upholstery Tutorial - Drop-in Seats

Here's my experience of a recent course in upholstery.   I pick up a lot of chairs with drop-in seats and wanted to find out about refurbing them the classic way, so I went on a two-day course to find out.

Here's a before and after of the stool - such a nice little piece - I fall for those legs all the time.

Next, one antique chair - I took this apart, removed the horse hair and was terrified something was going to crawl out!!

And one reproduction chair - I have four of these, the seats are drop in leather, but I just took one to the course.

Then I got started...

First of all, the two older seats had been worked with tacks, the leather seat was finished with staples.  It took a couple of hours just to take all the staples and tacks out.

All the frames are good to start work.

I had to cut the webbing and hammer in the tacks...  while using a stretching machine... sounds like torture.

Then finish with hessian backing.

I am now an expert at banging tacks in.

Then the horsehair was cut to size - this is rubberised horsehair, I kind of glad I wasn't working with untreated loose hair.

Then put the fluffy clouds of wadding over the top and start with the calico.

Day two I was spending a lot of time stretching, positioning and hammering in the tacks.

But look at the result - soooo proud.  And they fit. I like the calico finish but for the course we had to have an upholstery fabric to cover the pieces.

I went for a black and white, even that was complicated - you have to have the pile facing a certain way so it ruffles when you sit and smoothes when you get up out of the chair (apparently).  Well well...

So here's all three finished at the end of the upholstery course, I learned so much!  I had no idea it would be so complicated and take so long.  I have to paint the chairs next.

This is the stool painted in a dark grey - graphite colour - and finished with dark wax.

And this is the repro painted in Autentico 'Venice Fog' chalk paint and finished with a clear wax.

Traditional upholstery is way more complex than I thought it would be, the results are really beautiful.