Showing posts with label Amethyst. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amethyst. 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 :-)

Monday, 5 January 2015

She's a Knock Out - Purple Painted Antique Sideboard

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Thank you - my lovely customers and blog friends - I have so much gratitude for you.  You made 2014 a wonderful and memorable year for us at ChouChou Chateau, thank you again for your friendship and support!  

To be honest, things were really quiet over Christmas and into New Year, mostly due the dreaded 'flu bomb' - but that's waaaay in the past now, so here we go... kicking off on the 12th Day of Christmas with this POWERFUL statement piece... A Purple and Gold Sideboard.


I know you want to see the before pics - a really great find - an oak Victorian sideboard with ornate carving.  But looking very heavy and frankly GHASTLY in that old brown.


So here's what I did...


Most of the handles are flimsy brass replacements, so the hardware's all removed and she's been given coats of Autentico's Amethyst chalk paint - a lovely rich purple..  The design on these doors is so pretty!


The paint work has been lightly 'shabbied' up with sandpaper.  Then dark wax and clear wax have been used to bring through the depth of the design and when everything's been given time to fully dry, deep gold gilding has been added.


I love the relief work on these doors.  All the handles have been replaced with sturdy ceramic pumpkins with the same gold coloured finishing.


Gilding has been added inside the doors and drawers.


Here's a pic to finish with some camera flash - she's a knock out :-)