Thursday, 30 October 2014

It's a Christmas Bling thing...

Oh, just a quick post to let you know that in the run up to Christmas I'll be bringing lots of vintage extras into the shop for your delight :-)



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Busy with Commissions - Banishing Brown!

Commission work has been busy of late - which is fantastic!  Interestingly there's a run on the French cream-coloured paint with a white limed finish.  Here's some examples;


Well - OK, they're all reeeeeally brown, but this French wardrobe was stunning to begin with.



Just look at the flow of this gorgeous design - I should have showed you inside (which was painted in Foggy Venice grey) - four shelves and a hanging rail's been added.  These pieces are all being commissioned for a little girl's room.


Phew!  What a job - I didn't have time to show you the other pieces, they were wrapped and shipped before I could grab the camera.  Everything's been painted with Paris White chalk paint from Autentico and then finished with white chalk wax.  Which do you prefer, before or after?


There's always things to do, the handles were being changed so there's filling and re-drilling...


This Welsh Dresser is solid oak - I was painting upside down here in case you can't work it out :-)


Such a beautiful piece - I love to use coloured waxes to bring through the design.


This is the dresser when it was at home before any work...


This is the after - the insides of the cupboard were painted in a light grey contrast (Autentico's Foggy Venice)



I've been refurbing handles too - the originals on the drawer were replaced at some point.


aren't the originals with an 'acorn' design pretty?  They've been painted in the same chalk paint and then sealed and buffed with gold gilding wax.


This is another wardrobe - was so very plain looking when it was brown, once painted and waxed you wouldn't recognise it as the original piece.


Taking a quick break from the creams and onto whites - another bedroom, completely refurbed in white and silver.


Everything was painted with Autentico's Foggy Venice grey, then the drawer fronts on the tallboy and bedside cabinets were picked out in Roman White.  Finished with Silver Wax over the grey.  The handles have been refurbed with silver gilding wax too.


A few items have been painted in shabby chic white.  So many people ask, can I get this painted, just white and very shabby?  Yes you can!!!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Chalk Paint Workshops - bedside cabinet transformation

It's been a while since I've posted about the Chalk Paint Workshops (you can book here), however I've been sent some pics from one of my workshop customers and am so excited to share them with you!  Here's the story - we started off with an old pine bedside cabinet:


Nice solid cabinets being used in her teenage daughter's room - but Julie wanted to give her daughter a lovely surprise to match some of the other decor in her bedroom.


We removed the handles and painted all over in Foggy Venice, light grey chalk paint.  Then painted Nocturnal (black) on the tops and sides, leaving a front panel.  Some silver wax was added to the tops and around the edges-  and the woodwork was given a lightly shabby finish with sandpaper.


Part of the course covers various ways to transfer images - these Gothic crowns came from the Graphics Fairy website.  Probably the best place on the web to find royalty free images!  Don't you just love those new crystal handles?


Her daughter absolutely loves them and what an amazing transformation!!  I'll be sharing some more pics soon :-)


Friday, 10 October 2014

Oriental Black and Red - Stunning Art Deco Sideboard

Black and red can work really well - it's pretty daring... I just had to do it with this piece of Art Deco.  Look at that fluffy cloud mirror and those amazing feet!


First of all, I stripped off all the hardware (lovely chrome and bakelite handles), removed the mirror and then painted it all over with a couple of coats of red chalk paint.


Wow!  I could have stayed with that red!  I was tempted.  But I had some other ideas so that's when I added black chalk paint.


It's red inside, outside I've painted black over red with a few peeks of red left unpainted.



I've lightly sanded some of the wood to more chinks of red to show through and have used silver wax to bring through that stunning Art Deco waterfall design in the woodwork.


mmmm it's got that oriental Deco feel now.


The black paint has been finished with clear wax.  It softly reflects the light from the mirror and seals and protects the colours.




Here she is finished in the shop.  I need to get some more shots with better lighting - so pop back in a day or so for more photos.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gothic Novel-Writing Desk... Dramatically Painted in Grey

In case you wondered, I haven't been on holiday I've been slogging away here since my last post, phew!  I've had some big commissions on the go, but more about that later.  Here's a truly amazing desk I've been working on.


Here's how she looked before any work.  Just too brown for me.


A delicate little lady and just the right piece of furniture for churning out a few manuscripts I reckon.  But how old do you think she is?  judging by the finish, handles, drawers, I'd say 1950s.  No makers marks...


Here's the story so far then, I painted her all over in a light grey chalk paint, called Foggy Venice.


And then went to work with black wax - not one of the brown 'antique' ones, pure, dramatic blaaaaack.  This bought out all the gothic carved work and has given the light grey paint quite a steely finish.


There's so much in the design and those legs are to die for!  The handles have been replaced with white ceramic buttons to keep the external monochrome look.


Meantime, internally it's just a ray of sunshine!  I used a golden chalk paint and added antique gold gilding around the drawer tops for a bit of extra bling (you know how I like my bling).


One minute it's very Mary Shelly...


And the next it's more Hans Christian Andersen.


It's been a real crowd stopper and here it is, finished in the shop at last.  There's an ornate Victorian mirror above in the same colour and finish.


I'd really hate to split them up...


So what do you think?  Needs some candlesticks?