Saturday, 26 July 2014

Cosmic Silver Painted Bedside Cabinets

These little bedside cabinets are so precious!

I've refurbed a very similar set before - they're typical 1950s design and are wonderful solid pieces with cabriole legs, a single draw and the best feature - drop down table fronts with shelving inside.

I used a different colour scheme and finish inside with these one, you can see the other refurb story here

I got these for a customer who had bought a silver chest of drawers (story here)
They've been painted in the same colours - all over in Autentico's 'Foggy Venice' chalk paint and inside with Antique Turquoise.

After a few coats and smooth finish, a few coats of silver wax has been added.

These cabinets are slightly different to the previous refurb as they have a hard, wipe clean surface inside.  They're such a great design, if you pull the front of the cabinet down you have a place to put your morning cuppa...

The handles have been changed to sparkly crystal - these reflect the light and throw tiny rainbows around the room when the sun shines - which it continues to do... :-)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Going for Gold - refurbished desk

I'm soooo excited, we're surrounded by the Commonwealth Games that started today.  The weather has been great so I've been out on the street working on furniture.  This is a dressing table turned into a gold desk.

Originally, this dressing table had a single mirror across the back, however it can no longer be fitted to the mirror struts - I'm hoping to hang it above the desk on the wall back in the shop.

It's been painted all over in Autentico's 'Nearly Black' chalk paint and then the whole thing has been waxed in layers of gold.  Yup, I finally went all out with the gold.

The gold has  been applied more strongly to define the shape around the drawers and highlights the serpentine flow of the top.

The drawers are painted Gers Blu inside - a cornflower blue - for a lift of colour.

And I left the original handles, they're in great condition, heavy brass that works well against the dark tone and gold.

I took all the photos outside as I finished her this afternoon, the gold creates a lovely soft shine that looks even better indoors...

I think this would make a stunning desk, BUT with a free standing mirror or wall mounted mirror, would still be a fabulously stylish dressing table.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park and River

I walk to work with Fifi whenever I can, my favourite route is along the Kelvin River and through Kelvingrove Park.  Here's some pics from the sunshine walks in the past few weeks.

The skies have been Cornflower blue - as Enid Blyton would say :-)
This view of Glasgow University is from Kelvingrove Park.  It's a classic Victorian Park that surrounds the Art Gallery and Museum, designed and created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1852.

And here's some cornflowers to prove it - I love taking pics of the bumblebees.  These ones are 'Buff-tailed'.

This one has so much pollen collected, like white saddle bags hanging down - how do they manage with those tiny wings?  Sheer willpower!!

There's a few Herons that swoop down the park and sit on the banks or in the trees.

And I had to take pics of the sleeping ducks - all the ducklings are grown now.

But the foxes are my favourite.  These ones were enjoying the evening sun,..

Two of them, one just snoozing away.

The other wandering around and checking out the water's edge.

Fox + Irn-Bru + Scotland = ?

I see this bird often, I'm pretty sure its a Grey Wagtail... I've become a regular at the RSPB website.

Then of course there are the Gulls... this one's a Herring Gull - I think this one's called a Yellow Legged Gull...

It was just sitting cooling it's heels at the waterfall.

This is more like a typical habitat though, rooftops and chimneys.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Edwardian Dressing Table - Painted Duck Egg Blue

I've painted chests of drawers, cabinets, mirrors in this colour, but this is my first dressing table painted a 'duck egg blue' colour. in Autentico's Vintage Chalk Paint range, this is called 'Troubled Waters'.

I should have done it sooner - what a fabulous look!!  Here's how this piece looked before I started work.  Love the mirror, those wonderful jewellery drawers, legs with stilettoe wheels...

Just a lovely piece of furniture - but in need of a total overhaul.

After removing the hardware, I just gave a few coats all over. softly sanded away to shabby up and then used a clear wax to seal.  

The hardware was so pretty, I painted the brass handles in the same colour and then gilded over to bring out the design.

The tops of the drawers have been gilded with gold too.

The colour of the wood really sets of the duck egg.

I love the shape of the mirror - the supports at the side are so elegant.

So here she is in the shop.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Silver and White Dressing Table

This is a pic of the finished dressing table - really quite large and with three fantastic long mirrors.

I'm still having difficulty getting decent photos - I took her into the workshop and tried  a 'before picture'.  This is the best I could manage - you can see this piece is very solid wood with walnut veneer, now sadly damaged and scratched but otherwise in great shape.

I got to work using a Paris grey coloured chalk paint from Autentico's range called 'Foggy Venice' and painted all over.  just look at the sweet little legs on the bottom of the mirrors!

The drawers were painted separately with 'Roman White' chalk paint - not too bright, more of an antique finish.

The handles have been refubished with a silver gilding - precious little silver tassels.

The legs and upper surfaces have been given a silver wax finish, while the rest has a clear wax to seal and protect.

The silver's been buffed up to give a really lovely reflective shine.

Love those mirrors...

All finished and in the shop :-)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pine Chest of Drawers - Uber Chic Painted White

 This pine chest of drawers is very pretty - can imagine it was acid dipped back in the '80s after being painted in the '70s.

Here's how she was when I picked her up...

Still looking good - if not a bit uninspired.  I just love those chunky drawers and empire lines.

I gave her a few coats of an antique white chalk paint before working through with sandpaper.

I let the wood come through naturally, where there are raised surfaces and knots to show.

The ultimate in shabby chic - finished with a clear wax to seal and protect.

This cute little chest will brighten up any room :-)  Beeeaauuutiful x