Showing posts with label 1960s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1960s. Show all posts

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Paint it white - tall shelving unit

I just found a really unusual shelving unit.  A lot of people drop in asking if I have something like this for their bathroom or hallway.


 This one was originally a light oak with some pretty unappealing handles on those two drawers!


I painted him all over in Autentico's Roman White chalk paint, then shabbied up the paintwork.


The handles have been changed and have an antique finish.


There's some lovely design in this piece, and really is ideal as a small bookshelf or for small bathroom shelving.


Cute eh?  In the shop today :-)


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, 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






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 :-)


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Heavenly white painted dressing table - shabby chic

These 1950s and 60s, Queen Anne dressing tables are often used as desks once the mirror's removed.


I've just painted this one in Autentico's Roman White chalk paint - but of course I've done some other stuff as well!!


I changed the hardware on the middle drawers...


Cute butterflies! I've given them the same gold-leaf finish.


I refurbished the original brass handles on the two side drawers.


Put gold boots on the legs...


And added some gilding around the dressing table before shabbying it up with sandpaper.


I'm going to be looking for a special mirror to hang on the wall above.  When all the work's done, I've finished all the surfaces in a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  Heavenly!!!

Oooh, I nearly forgot to say, I was at Kylie's again last night, la-la-la-la-la :-)




Only had my old iphone on me - she's such a doll x