Showing posts with label 1920s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1920s. Show all posts

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Art Deco Style - Purple Painted Dressing Table

August is looking like another great month for commissions, this lovely Art Deco dressing table is a favourite example.  I've been using my Facebook page more often lately - for quick updates - you can find the link here - please add me as a friend and keep in touch :-)


Even before any work, this dressing table is just beeeeautiful.  When I picked it up, I really was unsure if this should be painted.  But there has been a lot of damage to the top from use and probably perfume spills over the years.  My customer loves it and wants it re-designed into a style that matches the rest of her bedroom furniture and colour scheme


So it was agreed that I'd paint all over in Amethyst - a lovely purple chalk paint - and then add soft silver wax.


Here's the paint when the silver is starting to be added to the drawers.  I was looking at the level of silver gilding and finish for the handles too.


Here she is when the silver wax has been added all over and before the handles have been put on.


Heavier silver has been added to the bottom of the dressing table and the curving upper drawers.  Not easy to get the picture right, so here's another to show of 'the bling'.


Nothing too heavy... My client loves it and I must say it's been a great little piece to work on.


These fabulous drawers pull out from the side hinge - such a great design, so feminine.


The handles have a little amethyst gilding added to enhance the floral design and the drawer tops are silver gilded.


Isn't she cute?


Not leaving the mirror out either, it's been painted and gilded - so the floral theme has been picked out here too.


What can I say, just a beautiful piece of bedroom furniture :-)

Friday, 19 September 2014

Boho-Chic Chest of Drawers

Post-Referendum Blues here in Glasgow today... everyone seems tired and sombre.  Best time to be colourful and brighten things up I guess!!


Just look at this poor wee chest of drawers... really not much going on BUT it is quite old from the turn of last century.  The handles are really wonderful jazzy Deco and the drawers and sold oak in good condition.  So brown it's doooowwwnnnn....


OK - time for change! Here's what I did - after removing the hardware and cleaning up all the woodwork, I painted all over with an Antique Turquoise chalk paint.  Uplifting blues.


I stenciled the top with some white and cream cherry blossom (more chalk paint).


And went slightly bonkers with the gold wax.  Then I got some sandpaper and worked some of the paint and gold away to get an antiqued shabby look, letting the dark wood show through.  Finishing and sealing the turquoise surfaces with clear wax for a soft sheen.



Aren't these handles gorgeous?  I painted them with the same blue and added gold wax to bring out the design.


Now Boho-Chic - and would make a great little chest for a hallway.


Finally, I added some gold around the tops of the drawers.  All done! :-)


What do you think?  Cute?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Chalk Painted Mirrors

I've just got a couple of mirrors into the shop - one is original Art Deco, the other is an italian sunburst and both are painted with Foggy Venice -  a lovely soft grey and finished in that lovely French style.





Monday, 4 March 2013

Round Art Deco Table


First of all - apologies to a friend of mine, Anthony Joseph Stevens who may never speak to me again for refurbing a beautiful piece of Art Deco - BUT in my defence may I just point out that this was quite badly chipped and stained?


It's clearly had some glory days and now needs to be reborn and re-loved...


Fifi likes this piece too.  


There were some black marks soaked into the varnish, probably from an evening of martini cocktails? 

Someone's also tried to keep this table alive by revarnishing at some point.

It's difficult to take a really good picture that shows of the beauty of this Art Deco occasional table, a real classic!


After doing the prep work and coating the table with Paloma paint (a light lavender colour) I tested the surface to find out how it would work if I did a bit of sanding.  I loved the gold  colour of the wood as it started to show through of the paint


I also wanted to add a bit of extra style using my favourite Victorian bee decal. This has been traced and hand painted using a gold enamel paint.


Once that was finished, I went to work sanding and then fully sealing all the surfaces using clear wax which creates that wonderful soft shine.


I just love the finished look on this piece of furniture - yup - definitely a favourite!


:-)




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