Saturday, 22 November 2014

Grey Painted Edwardian Dresser - with frosting

This lovely Edwardian dresser has the most beautiful handles, but could do with an overhaul I reckon!

Here she is all in brown before outfit - the surfaces are a bit scratched up but what a lovely mirror!

And here's Cinders after being given an all over treatment.  I went for a very simple solution using Autentico's Foggy Venice grey chalk paint and then used white chalk wax all over to get that frosted finish.

The insides of the two small drawers at the top are painted in a strong pink - called Heliotrope.

The chalk wax brings a really lovely limed finish - it reminds me of a light sprinkling of cake frosting or if you need a cool look winter's frost.

The mirror looks wonderful against a dark wall and the grey brings through the curvy design.

Here's a close up of the drawer handles and locks - the white wax does a great job. Very Arts and Crafts!

And adding brush strokes in the chalk paint means the surfaces can be more interesting.

 She's just waiting for a good home now...

 Looks good with whites - this warm grey is almost silver with the white finish.  Beautiful :-)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Vintage Clothes and Jewellery for Christmas

OK - the Christmas Tree's in the window and now I've bought some more things into the shop including a selection of beautiful 100% silk camisoles, dresses and tops.

A few bags and shoes too...

Vintage jewellery to dress yourself up...

Here's a bit of loot - I love that little cat ring holder, there's a donkey too (check the pic above).

Lots of sparkles :-)

I took this before I put the Christmas tree in the window.

You might be able to find an unusual pressie - like these hand blown vases.

Lots of mirrors in stock.

But when they're gone, they're gone - just about everything in the shop is one-off.

Three owls-a-hooting!

Two cherubs dancing...

Hope you can drop by soon!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Green and Gold - painted chest of drawers with mirror

Here's a commission I was working on last week.  My customer has an Art Deco black and green bathroom and wanted to have an old chest of drawers and mirror painted to match the colour scheme.

This is the 'before. pic.... all very brown and plain.  It's been sitting in the hall outside the bathroom, so the idea is that the colours and brightness are mirrored and lighten up the hallway.  The mirror is Edwardian while the chest of drawers with a small cupboard is 1940s.

This customer didn't want anything too fancy, just a bit of gilding on the handles and mirror so that everything matches in.  I custom-mixed some of the green chalk paint colours: Antique Turquoise, Troubled Waters and Lemon/Lime to get the right colour.

Just a bit of gold wax to finish - the rest of the painted surfaces have had a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and finish.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Heavenly white painted dressing table - shabby chic

These 1950s and 60s, Queen Anne dressing tables are often used as desks once the mirror's removed.

I've just painted this one in Autentico's Roman White chalk paint - but of course I've done some other stuff as well!!

I changed the hardware on the middle drawers...

Cute butterflies! I've given them the same gold-leaf finish.

I refurbished the original brass handles on the two side drawers.

Put gold boots on the legs...

And added some gilding around the dressing table before shabbying it up with sandpaper.

I'm going to be looking for a special mirror to hang on the wall above.  When all the work's done, I've finished all the surfaces in a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  Heavenly!!!

Oooh, I nearly forgot to say, I was at Kylie's again last night, la-la-la-la-la :-)

Only had my old iphone on me - she's such a doll x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mother of All Lamps 2

Yessirreee I do love to scout around and find these incredible old brass lamps!  I'm pretty sure they are from the 1950s...

They've got to be biiiig, and this one is gigantic.  Made of solid brass with a lovely green onyx, a statement piece.

Cherub hugs at the centre column - what a cutie!

I don't come across them often, but they make me feel so happy - this one's in the shop window at the moment, getting lots of attention :-)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Painted Arts & Crafts Dresser and Wardrobe - white chalk paint

I was really excited when a customer asked me to paint their dresser and wardrobe in Roman White (an antique white) chalk paint.  Then I saw the pics - and these pieces are the most beautiful Arts and Crafts design.

The Glasgow Arts and Crafts movement occurred in the late 1880s, there's a bit of background info here. Some of the furniture from this period was painted white, so this was a great opportunity to see a before and after.  Here's the dressing table after it's been painted white...

Oh, apologies for the photo - heavy rain outside...  I've taken some picks of the design for a bit of style worship :-)

These brass handles are just divine!

The mirror and wardrobe 'roofs' match with these decorative little gable ends.

There's just so much work across all the surfaces.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a famous architect and designer who springs to mind when I think of white painted furniture.  He combined soft curves and floral accents into his designs.

I managed to get a pic of the wardrobe outside.  One large drawer at the bottom, and check those feet...

The floral design's taken into the leaded glass panels.

All the surfaces have been painted using Autentico's Roman White Chalk paint and waxes.  You can still see the grain in the oak.  A really lovely finish.  Client's happy, I'm happy, yay!!!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Antique Turquoise Chalk Paint Mirrors

Turquoise is a very popular colour - here's a couple of mirrors that have been given a chalk paint do-over.

I see quite a few of these convex plaster mirrors - they're great for a shabby-job.  This one's been painted with a mix of Autentico's two chalk paints - Antique Turquoise and Troubled Waters - then once dry, the antique gold from the mirror's been rubbed through.

This second mirror has been salvaged from an old dresser.  Painted in an undercoat of red chalk paint, Antique Turquoise has been added over the top.  

A nice oval mirror with some patina that adds beautifully to the overall look.

With a little light sanding, the red comes through, would look lovely in a decorative hall of mirrors.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Black Chalk Wax

I've been meaning to do a story of black chalk wax.  I've been using it quite a lot lately and now customers are using it regularly in workshops.  Gail picked up this chair which had been totally abandoned - she saw the potential :-)

The seat frame was there and a kind hubby glued everything together.

Here's the amazing 'after'.  Gail painted the chair in Foggy Venice - a light grey chalk paint.  Then used clear and black waxes to bring out the design.  She covered the seat in Harris Tweed which she'd bought when she visited the Hebrides.  Look at those lovely knees below his kilt!!

Black wax is easy to use and can create a stunning effect.  This mirror has been painted and and waxed in the same colours as Gail used...

And so has this desk - yes we're loving the black wax!