Showing posts with label Commission. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Commission. Show all posts

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Stunning 1950s Wardrobes - White Chalk Paint

I had two beautiful French style, 1950s wardrobes for sale on my Facebook page (you can find naked furniture in the shop section here).  A customer bought both and asked me to repaint them in white with some shabbying and gilding.  Here's a good look at these lovely wardrobes before any work.


They're both solid wood with quality carved mouldings.


The 1950s ornate handles are faded but still wonderful inspiration.


Here's the smaller wardrobe... originally cream paint, this has faded and has started to flake away.


The larger wardrobe is in the same condition, both will need to have the flakes sanded away and some prep done before painting.


Both are spotless inside - and have the same hanging area and wood and glass cubbyhole shelving.


Well... what can I say, when the work started, there was a A LOT of stain blocking going on...
Both wardrobes needed quite a lot of prep, as after testing, it was clear the original wood stain/ treatment was going to bleed through into the chalk paint and cause discolouration.


But after painting, shabbying, gilding and that final waxing.. WOWEEEEEE!!!


These wardrobes have transformed into stunning pieces of furniture.


Already plastic wrapped, shipped and settled into their new home. Phew!!!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

1950s Stag Head Bedside Cabinets

There's a lot of yummy turquoise and stag head furniture going through the shop lately...


I had these two bedside cabinets for sale on my Facebook page (you can find it here) and my client asked me to paint them in Antique Turquoise paint and add stag head handles and gilding.  Well I'd love to!!!


Here's the before - standing outside the shop - a really nice pair of 1950s bedside cabinets.  In great condition and ready for a new look.


After the hardware's removed and a few coats of that lovely turquoise chalk paint, they were finished with clear wax to seal.


I added gilded iron stag head handles... and did extra gilding onto the doors and around the tops, sides and feet.


Two VERY cute bedside cabinets ready for their new home :-)

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, 29 June 2015

Boring Old Pine Bedside Cabinets - given a chalk paint makeover

I recently acquired these two pine bedside cabinets and just finished transforming them with chalk paint AND new handles - this is the 'before' look...


A bit dated?  On the positive side, these are really good, solid pine units with some nice detail to the pedestal.  I think the handles are a bit masculine though, I'll save them for some Steampunk!


Here's the after.... would you have recognised them?


They've been painted all over using two Autentico chalk paints:  Foggy Venice and Roman White.
After painting, the edges have been lightly sanded to give a subtle 'shabby chic' finish, then clear wax has been brushed all over to seal and protect.


The handles have been changed to silver and white ceramic buttons.


Looking very fresh for your petit French boudoir now.


Finished and in the shop, looking for a new home :-)

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 :-)


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hand Painted Furniture Commissions - Duck Eggs Galore!

I've had a lot of requests lately to refurbish bedrooms furniture using a colour that's EVERYBODY'S favourite... Duck Egg Blue.


Here's a quick look at a complete bedroom set I did last week.  Twenty years ago, everyone thought pine was yummy - and the fact is, there's some great quality stuff around.  This lot consists of a merchant chest, bedside cabinets, headboard for the bed, dressing table with mirrors and free-standing mirror.  All to be painted Duck Egg, finished with clear wax and gold gilding added.


All the handles were removed and given a few coats of Autentico's duck egg colour which is called 'Troubled Waters'.  Once painted we were going to try out a few different ceramic looks to see how black, white and gold would look.



We settled for refurbing the existing handles, don't they look cute now?


Everything looks lovely and fresh.


When using chalk paint, you can decide the finished look by thickening or thinning the paint - choose whether to cover or show the wood grain.  Waxes can be used to create shine, or can be left matt.


Another customer wanted a couple of bedside cabinets painted to match this chest of drawers.


So these were painted, stencilled and gilded.  Such a pretty bedroom design.



We love to stencil :-)