Showing posts with label Black Chalk Wax. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black Chalk Wax. Show all posts

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 :-)


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Old Wooden Bureau Painted Grey and Blue

If you find one of these old writing desks, they really do look great after a refurb!


You know the before look - dull, brown, scratched up and dated...


When you open the top of the bureau, if everything's in place and the drawers and desk top work smoothly, then it's a great find.


I gave this bureau a few coats of Autentico's Foggy Venice chalk paint which is a light grey colour and painted the inside in another chalk paint called Antique Turquoise - these two colours are really popular at the moment.


I took the handles off and refurbed them.  You'd never know these solid brass handles had such a lovely design hidden away.


The grey paint has been finished with a black wax.  These coloured waxes are used to bring out some of the texture of the wood and then sealed and finished with a clear wax.


Using black wax on this grey gives it a 'strong and steely' finish - and it firms up the lines in this elegant design.


These compact desks folded away and sit quietly in the corner, but should give some BLING when they're open.  There's lots of space to store the laptop and this blue and gold design inside is uplifting.


All the drawers are painted blue inside too - with a bit of gilding across the top.


The feet have little gold boots added... I do like adding booties to Queen Anne legs :-)


She's in the shop now - and looking for a new home.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

1950s Sideboard Painted with Turquoise Chalk Paint

Maybe you'd walk past this super curvy sideboard before the refurb - it was really quite brown, but it was just screaming out for a new lease of life.


Here's the BEFORE story then...


Brown eh?  The walnut veneer is quite damaged in places and the handles - although they are really pretty just look lost.


And what a lovely surprise when you open the centre to find that glass cocktail bar!


Really pretty - just waiting for the Christmas Margherita :-)


I've used flash photography here, one of the problems at the moment is light.  It gets dark before 4pm and it is sooo cold and raining all the time.  The cabinet's been painted all over with a beautiful turquoise paint from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range called Antique Turquoise.  It shows ups well in this pic.


The colour here looks almost a Duck Egg Blue, but the turquoise is a strong bright colour as in the pictures taken above.  All the handles have been refurbished with an antique gold.


The insides of the drawers and doors have been highlighted with gold.  The cupboard inside is shelved,  everything is in tip-top condition.  I've put new fabric in place to replace the old green baize in the top drawer.


Black chalk wax has been added to accentuate the shape and create a soft 'grain on the top.  The cabinet has so many wavy lines.  Finally the soft wax finish has been buffed up to a silky shine.


She really is a beauty...




Saturday, 8 November 2014

Black Chalk Wax

I've been meaning to do a story of black chalk wax.  I've been using it quite a lot lately and now customers are using it regularly in workshops.  Gail picked up this chair which had been totally abandoned - she saw the potential :-)


The seat frame was there and a kind hubby glued everything together.


Here's the amazing 'after'.  Gail painted the chair in Foggy Venice - a light grey chalk paint.  Then used clear and black waxes to bring out the design.  She covered the seat in Harris Tweed which she'd bought when she visited the Hebrides.  Look at those lovely knees below his kilt!!


Black wax is easy to use and can create a stunning effect.  This mirror has been painted and and waxed in the same colours as Gail used...


And so has this desk - yes we're loving the black wax!