Wednesday, 10 September 2014

1950s Dressing Table with White Chalk Wax

The Lemon Meringue Dresser got lots of attention and one of my clients asked me to do the same finish on a 1950s dressing table for her after she saw it on my Facebook Page here.

This lovely walnut lady was originally made by Beithcraft Furniture.  Beautifully manufactured, here's the before pic;

There's a single mirror attached that has a simple shell design, however this isn't part of my client's bedroom design - there'll be a separate mirror hung on the wall at the dressing table instead.

After all the hardware was removed, the whole piece was painted with a creamy coloured chalk paint called 'Neutral'.  It's a similar colour to Paris White chalk paint, but less 'lemon'.

Then covered in White Chalk Wax to create a French limed look.

I love the flow of the serpentine side drawers...

Unusually, the top has a step to the lower drawer.  Such a cute little shell design. Time to put the solid brass hardware back on.

Once buffed up, a small amount of gold wax has been applied to highlight some of the curves on the back, legs and the shell drawer.  The drawers are so perfect after more than 60 years of use.

I've added some gold bling across the drawer tops - you can see it when they're opened.

She's gone to her new home tonight :-)