Saturday, 29 August 2015

1950s French Style Dressing Table Set Painted in Cream

I ran into this wonderful 1950s Dressing Table set recently and was really excited about giving her the revamp treatment.


Here's a quick look at the 'before' pic when she arrived - outside the shop.  This set was originally painted in a cream paint with silver handles.


There's been quite a lot of wear and tear and she just looks grubby - but hey, don't you love that princess mirror?


Close up there's quite a few dings and discolouration's set in, but she's really solid and in great condition otherwise.  I painted her all over in a lovely vanilla cream colour from Autentico called Paris White.


There are three drawers - there's one in the middle too.  When I took this photo I was nearly finished.  One of the GREAT things about these dressing tables is you can often discard the mirror and just create a really wonderful work desk.


After painted and waxing - with clear wax, I went to work with some custom gilding wax I made up in an antique gold.  I kept things simple, just drawing out the curves and little flourishes on the legs...


 ...and enjoyed getting her boots on.


The two drawer handles have been refurbed in the same colours with gilding.


With some polishing, the shine is beginning to come through on the waxed top.


A little bit of gilding added to the mirror struts.


Of course she sold as I was finishing her up - the customer's buying her own choice of fabric and then I'll recover the seat... I'll put the final pic up once that's done.


I just loooooove these kidney-shaped dressing tables!!!


This is where I usually say - in the shop and ready for sale now - but she's been snapped up already.
I hope to have another one in soon though.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page, I often post furniture that can be custom painted.  You pick the colour(s) and finish and I'll deliver.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Painting with White and Turquoise Chalk Paint

These are currently my favourite colours... white and turquoise, here's how I've been using them on antique lamps, a chair and mirrors.




These huge, antique lamps are in the shop now and are just stunning.



I just finished this chair - painting and shabbying works really well on dark wood, I enjoyed bringing through the chair design.  The seat has been recovered in a French linen fabric.




Well who can resist large shabby mirrors?  They brighten up rooms and hallways and look good against any colour, even white on white.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mid Century and Pine - Chests of Drawers

A lot of people own brown furniture, whether it's old quality pine or inherited Mid-Century pieces.  And I've painted LOTS of chests of drawers.  Here's a look at two typical pieces:


These two drawers have been painted with a white chalk paint when the drawers were removed.


The teak on the drawers is a lovely grain, so the drawers have been re-stained and then sealed to really bring through that design.


This type of Mid-Century furniture looks great, part painted in a strong, clean colour.


I also just finished painted a chest of drawers for a customer.  A nice piece of pine, but to get up to date and drop the broooooowwwwwn, I've painted all over in a soft white.


The handles were painted too, then a metallic wax was added for colour.


Simples!  Looking good and ready to roll :-)

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Big Red - French Painted Cocktail Cabinet

Oh my! How rare to find such a WONDERFUL cocktail cabinet!


I've called her The Big Red - if you think she looks good on the outside, wait till you see her faaaaabulous insides.  But first here's the previous very brown look... alright in her day I suppose.  Very 1960's.


But check out those legs! I spent some time painting her all over in a really strong, red, chalk paint.



Then fully sealed with clear and dark waxes before having some fun with the gilding.


When the doors open, you'll find the shelving and the original red cocktail sticks.


Martini sweetie?


Inside there are mirrors with two glass shelves and a light.


A customer was looking at the cabinet and I pulled the lower shelf out - it's mirrored too.  She said, "Oh my - it's got everything, including a coke snorting shelf!!"  Hahaha, I do love my customers :-)


Here's some pics that show those lovely legs and the way the gilding works with that yummy red colour.









In the shop now and looking for a VERY stylish home :-D






Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Stunning 1950s Wardrobes - White Chalk Paint

I had two beautiful French style, 1950s wardrobes for sale on my Facebook page (you can find naked furniture in the shop section here).  A customer bought both and asked me to repaint them in white with some shabbying and gilding.  Here's a good look at these lovely wardrobes before any work.


They're both solid wood with quality carved mouldings.


The 1950s ornate handles are faded but still wonderful inspiration.


Here's the smaller wardrobe... originally cream paint, this has faded and has started to flake away.


The larger wardrobe is in the same condition, both will need to have the flakes sanded away and some prep done before painting.


Both are spotless inside - and have the same hanging area and wood and glass cubbyhole shelving.


Well... what can I say, when the work started, there was a A LOT of stain blocking going on...
Both wardrobes needed quite a lot of prep, as after testing, it was clear the original wood stain/ treatment was going to bleed through into the chalk paint and cause discolouration.


But after painting, shabbying, gilding and that final waxing.. WOWEEEEEE!!!


These wardrobes have transformed into stunning pieces of furniture.


Already plastic wrapped, shipped and settled into their new home. Phew!!!