Showing posts with label Cocktail Cabinet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocktail Cabinet. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Big Red - French Painted Cocktail Cabinet

Oh my! How rare to find such a WONDERFUL cocktail cabinet!


I've called her The Big Red - if you think she looks good on the outside, wait till you see her faaaaabulous insides.  But first here's the previous very brown look... alright in her day I suppose.  Very 1960's.


But check out those legs! I spent some time painting her all over in a really strong, red, chalk paint.



Then fully sealed with clear and dark waxes before having some fun with the gilding.


When the doors open, you'll find the shelving and the original red cocktail sticks.


Martini sweetie?


Inside there are mirrors with two glass shelves and a light.


A customer was looking at the cabinet and I pulled the lower shelf out - it's mirrored too.  She said, "Oh my - it's got everything, including a coke snorting shelf!!"  Hahaha, I do love my customers :-)


Here's some pics that show those lovely legs and the way the gilding works with that yummy red colour.









In the shop now and looking for a VERY stylish home :-D






Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Cocktail Cabinet with Oak Leaves and Greyhounds

You may pass by these types of display cabinets without a second glance, but many of them have lots of special character.  Here's one I just refurbed for my home.


This Demi-Lune style cabinet is in near perfect condition and has the cutest oak leaf design on the front panels.


Pretty much lost in brown eh?  I wanted to turn it into a colourful drinks cabinet.   So I painted it with Bright Green chalk paint inside.


Then Roman White chalk paint outside.


Gilding was added and the external surfaces shabbied up with some light sanding.



I added a set of Greyhound dogs inside - l like the idea of oak leaves and greyhounds, almost a Coat of Arms.  Or if you like Game of Thrones Sigils?


House Baratheon could go down a treat!


 Oh and I never forget the feet, I like to see them dressed up in little booties.


And now happy at home :-)


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Demi Lune Shabby Chic Display Cabinet

There are lots of pretty display cabinets around that look fabulous when they're refurbished.


This 'half-moon' cabinet has an Oriental design but is originally made by a London based company.  I was really looking forward to giving this the French Shabby look!


Here's the before pic.  There's three glass shelves inside.  The raised design on the outside would have been so vibrant when it was new, but now it's full of scratches and watermarks and ready for a new look.


She's been painted inside with a soft grey - Foggy Venice chalk paint.  Then outside creamy Paris Grey chalk paint and given a rough sanding to get the shabby look.  Clear wax seals and protects the paint and adds a soft shine.


I was originally thinking about adding lots of gilding to this cabinet, but once painted the flow of the design was enough.  Just a bit of bling on the insides of the doors.


And the tootsies...


One of the special things about this cabinet is the key... gives a very satisfying click to lock, great piece of design too.


Here she is getting ready to go to her new home outside the shop.  The shelves are out, I'll have to get a pic when she's settled in.


The doors open outwards to give full access to the display case inside, what a beauty!


Here's a quick pic taken from my apartment last night - another Lune shot, this one taken over the rooftops to show a Dark Moon, with Venus and Mars above.


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...




Sunday, 17 August 2014

Meet Ruby - Jazzy Cocktail Cabinet Refurb

Ohhhh, I do love to get dramatic and this wonderful Cocktail Cabinet gave me such an opportunity!


Next time you see brown, dull and done-for furniture DO NOT GIVE UP!  .. Here's what was delivered to the shop....


The glass has been separated and is wrapped up on top, but SERIOUSLY... black and white check backing paper???  Who would have thought? A bit too masculine?  Huh, time for a gender-change!


This is a beautiful and interesting piece of furniture.  The red, gold and silver combo on the original piece  was a bit of a challenge but this is what I did...


I painted all over with Autentico's Nearly Black chalk paint and painted the inside of the lower cabinet with Red - fittingly, this is called Ruby (baby).  I used a matching the gold gilding for the cabinet and left all of the bottom cabinet black, but put some sneaky silver gilding on the rims of the doors, et Voila!!



Lovely claw and ball-foot tootsies here.  This cabinet is step-ping out!


No more hiding in the corner for Ruby!  So when do you think she was originally made? Art Deco?


When I first saw her, I thought 1930s but noooo, 1960s!  The British Safety Kite is there.


I just love that jazzy silver-work on the doors :-)


I kept trying to get a pic that worked with the lighting...


It doesn't matter, she'll light up your room day and night.