Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Carved Chinese Chest in Red Chalk Paint

I really do like to paint furniture and give it an Oriental look.  This fantastic blanket-box sized chest I picked up is a favourite.

Here's the 'before' look... all that lovely carved work seems lost in brown.

I set out by giving a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint.  This is how it looks then

It dries to a very matt and fairly bright red.

Then black and clear waxes have been used to work through the designs and WOW, what a transformation!

I gilded the lock on the front with some old gold.

And here's a look at some of the carving - on every side of this gorgeous chest and so much detail.

Handles are carved into the sides and on the front of the lid.

Already causing quite a stir - it's in the shop now and ready for a new home :-)