Showing posts with label 1980s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1980s. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Busy with Commissions - Banishing Brown!

Commission work has been busy of late - which is fantastic!  Interestingly there's a run on the French cream-coloured paint with a white limed finish.  Here's some examples;


Well - OK, they're all reeeeeally brown, but this French wardrobe was stunning to begin with.



Just look at the flow of this gorgeous design - I should have showed you inside (which was painted in Foggy Venice grey) - four shelves and a hanging rail's been added.  These pieces are all being commissioned for a little girl's room.


Phew!  What a job - I didn't have time to show you the other pieces, they were wrapped and shipped before I could grab the camera.  Everything's been painted with Paris White chalk paint from Autentico and then finished with white chalk wax.  Which do you prefer, before or after?


There's always things to do, the handles were being changed so there's filling and re-drilling...


This Welsh Dresser is solid oak - I was painting upside down here in case you can't work it out :-)


Such a beautiful piece - I love to use coloured waxes to bring through the design.


This is the dresser when it was at home before any work...


This is the after - the insides of the cupboard were painted in a light grey contrast (Autentico's Foggy Venice)



I've been refurbing handles too - the originals on the drawer were replaced at some point.


aren't the originals with an 'acorn' design pretty?  They've been painted in the same chalk paint and then sealed and buffed with gold gilding wax.


This is another wardrobe - was so very plain looking when it was brown, once painted and waxed you wouldn't recognise it as the original piece.


Taking a quick break from the creams and onto whites - another bedroom, completely refurbed in white and silver.


Everything was painted with Autentico's Foggy Venice grey, then the drawer fronts on the tallboy and bedside cabinets were picked out in Roman White.  Finished with Silver Wax over the grey.  The handles have been refurbed with silver gilding wax too.


A few items have been painted in shabby chic white.  So many people ask, can I get this painted, just white and very shabby?  Yes you can!!!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Chalk Paint Workshops - bedside cabinet transformation

It's been a while since I've posted about the Chalk Paint Workshops (you can book here), however I've been sent some pics from one of my workshop customers and am so excited to share them with you!  Here's the story - we started off with an old pine bedside cabinet:


Nice solid cabinets being used in her teenage daughter's room - but Julie wanted to give her daughter a lovely surprise to match some of the other decor in her bedroom.


We removed the handles and painted all over in Foggy Venice, light grey chalk paint.  Then painted Nocturnal (black) on the tops and sides, leaving a front panel.  Some silver wax was added to the tops and around the edges-  and the woodwork was given a lightly shabby finish with sandpaper.


Part of the course covers various ways to transfer images - these Gothic crowns came from the Graphics Fairy website.  Probably the best place on the web to find royalty free images!  Don't you just love those new crystal handles?


Her daughter absolutely loves them and what an amazing transformation!!  I'll be sharing some more pics soon :-)


Thursday, 25 September 2014

White Chalk Paint - Get the Original Shabby-Chic Look

Leaves are falling gold and red... it feels like Autumn now.  As the days become less sunny, it's fun to grab the white chalk paint, find a special piece of furniture, paint it all over and then shabby it up...  Here's some pieces I've been working on the last couple of weeks.


Firstly, this small French chest of drawers.  What a gem, it's got everything girlie going on.  I've used Autentico's Roman White Chalk Paint and finished everything with clear wax to seal and protect.



I sometimes see standard lamps around, and jumped on this one when I saw it - I wanted to paint all that candy-twist detail.



So many of my customers come in asking about painting all their 1980s pine furniture.  Can I paint it?  YES YOU CAN!!   It was an orange pine bookcase, now available in white.


This 1980s lamp is like a chess piece, I haven't done any sanding, I just love the design.



And I often paint candlesticks, the white and chrome is so fresh...



What about a Plant Stand?  Well OK, you don't need to use it as a plant stand, in the bedroom, put your prized handbag or shoes on show :-)


Finally, I've painted a Rocking-Horse... keeping it simple!  I should put a luscious plant on her back...


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Duck Egg Blue and Gold - Cabinet Transformations

I've been working on two cabinets - here's the REVEAL of how one of them looks in the shop window.


Here's the BEFORE pic.


Originally a dark wood and Indonesian looking.  All the hardware's been removed, it had the 'rusty' look - very 1980s.


I chose Autentico's 'Troubled Waters' chalk paint for this one, which is a 'duck egg blue' colour.  I gave a few coats all over - this is the colour when dried and before any waxing - quite a lot lighter.


This is cabinet 2 after waxing with clear wax and some gold wax.  The Duck Egg colour has darkened and the gold glints from the surface.  Both cabinets are exactly the same colour - it goes to show the difference it makes when I can get into full daylight with the camera!


The gold wax has been rubbed into the clear wax before it dried and the replacement handles have been gilded with the same Antique Gold.


I also did some light sanding before waxing to bring through the dark wood.


I love this colour combination - it has the WOW factor :-)


Saturday, 24 May 2014

Black Wardrobe - Custom Makeover

Just a few pics from the workshop - I was commissioned to work on a customer's pine wardrobe - this one was made in Mexico, quite rustic with pseudo 'rusty' metal hardware.


The request was to give it the 'cherry blossom' look...


So here it is in the workshop... first of all, painted all over in black (Nocturnal) chalk paint, gilded on the top, along the insides of the doors, along the wardrobe bottom and on the drawer.  


Apologies for the pics... not much room to manoeuvre with this piece.


Then painted with cherry blossom design using pink and white chalk paints.  Finishing touches were the handles which are changed to black and gold ceramic... I'll need to remove and drill new holes before delivering this - the original placement of the door handles are out of alignment!

Friday, 16 May 2014

French Painted Chest of Drawers

I get so excited when I find something FRENCH - here's a lovely small chest of drawers I picked up and just refurbished with chalk paint.


And here's the before - it's quite a recent reproduction but lots of lovely features.


I'd hoped to paint it and re-wax and polish the top but there were too many dings for that...  next time...


I painted it all over in Autentico's Paris White and added a little bit of Lime to the chalk paint, then went to work with some soft sand papering to give it a bit of shabby chic.


Then used lots of clear and dark soft wax to work into the chalk paint and bring out the design and 'antique' the finish...


Oh I just love those cute little legs!


The finished result is just what I was hoping for - and I added some Antique Gold gilding to the handles to finish.


Looking all antiqued up and very Louis!


 Here she is in the shop now.