Showing posts with label Art Deco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art Deco. Show all posts

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cherry Blossom Armoire - Art Deco Refurb

Well I just love the way this has turned out!

This is the second piece of an Art Deco set I picked up.  The dressing table is finished in simple black and gold and has a stunning mirror  here.   Cue a quick peek at the before pic...

Armoires are just great for storage - with shelves in the top and this one has three drawers.

I painted this all over with Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and then got to work on the gold branches of the cherry trees...

adorned them with blossom in Autentico's Roman White, Antique Rose and Purple Rain.

Two of the Art Deco handles were replaced on the cupboard as they were too badly broken.  The black and gold new handles work really well though.  All the hardware on the cupboard's been given the bling treatment.

There's been a generous amount of gold gilding around this piece, picking out the doors and feet.

Inside the drawers and cupboard are painted a warm golden butterscotch to match the tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) of the handles and to offset the gold. 

Kind of looks like a kimono with the doors open :-)

I really love the cherry blossom look and have some ideas for doing some more in this line.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Art Deco Dressing Table - Painted Black & Gold

I had a few people look at this Art Deco set before any work was done - and chat about buying - but there were no takers.  A great piece of design but I think she's ready for brand new, more glamorous life now.

So here she is all dressed up in black and gold - looking faaaabULOUS!

Here's a reminder of the before.  Nice shape but frankly, a bit past it.  The walnut veneer wasn't in the best condition, a bit of sun damage and a few age spots. (That armoire lurking in the background is up next by the way)

I chose Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and gave her a few coats all over. Here's the during stage - a total chalky blackout.

The handles were removed and given a bit of a refurb too.  They are the most delicious tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) and chrome.

The insides of the drawers are painted in a rich golden colour too.

Oooh la la :-)

I finished off with Antique Gold gilding - not too much bling - just enough to lift the whole design.  I wanted the shape and colour of the handles to be part of the new look - their beauty was lost in the walnut veneer, now they have a chance to really shine.

Lastly everything's been sealed with a wax varnish - it has a soft shine.  I tell you, I can't stop admiring her!! A really very striking treasure.

She's in the shop and ready for a new home now :-)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Art Deco Bedroom Duo

I've picked up two pieces of Art Deco bedroom furniture.  A very unusual dressing table and an armoire.

I've put it into the shop to see if there's any interest.  The walnut veneer is in good condition and the armoire cupboard opens with one shelf inside.

The flower shaped mirror is an unusual and pretty feature.

The bakelite and chrome handles are butterscotch colour with some light and darker shades.

A great little set - if it doesn't sell, yes I will be painting it :-)

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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