Showing posts with label 1970s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1970s. Show all posts

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 :-)

Sunday, 11 August 2013

G-Plan Dressing Table - Paint it White!

This is a commission for a friend of mine whose teenage daughter wants her dressing table white shabby chic.


I do like the original G-Plan style.


Dark brown teak wood, simple mirrors - the legs are different!  All very 1970s. We discussed using colour but white was the order!



I'm working at their house for this job.


I gave the whole unit a coat of Old White Chalk Paint.  The 1970s box shape of the legs was really clear.


I painted the insides of the drawers in a favourite colour of mine - a soft lavender colour.  I left a light dusting of white chalk paint on the top of the drawer as an undercoat for some extra colour later.


I felt that due to the unusual wooden handles and curved shapes, the shabby sanding should be quite strong in places.  This is how she looked before waxing - I worked the handles to define the top lip.



Stopped to play with the kittens every so often :-)


I used an amethyst finish on the inside of the drawers.


Looks good and adds a bit of the bling I'm so fond of...


 I used  a couple of coats of wax and buff on the top of the dresser - you know it's going to have makeup all over it any time now and will need protecting.


 Kind of difficult to get 'the final finished' photo in the bedroom - but good to see how it will fit with that whole teenage look.  You can see how much the colour has come through from the wood once waxed.


 So here it is - one shabby white teenage dressing table!




Saturday, 29 June 2013

1970s Dressing Table Redoux

I tell you, sometimes you get a piece of furniture and everything goes like a dream... other times it's a work in progress...


I picked up this dressing table and thought it would be great fun to redoux in Chalk Paint - Paris Grey with Old White trim.  Here's the old brown look.


Typical 1970s, drawers work really well nice mirrors and some detail to bring out.


After tickling his tum - yes, there is something masculine about the design of this piece - I painted all over in Paris Grey.  I like to paint every bit - starting underside.


This is how the front looked after the grey and white was finished.  I took a pic after starting work with the clear wax.


I sprayed the handles white.


And put them back onto the finished piece.


I super-buffed the surfaces to get a really good wax shine going.  And have sanded away around the mirrors and more lightly on the drawers and around the edges.


The transformation is just fab.