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

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Steampunk Red and Black Painted Cabinet

If you've lived in Glasgow a few years, you'll remember Backstreet Pine at Kelvinbridge... I know this piece was originally bought there about 20 years ago and I'm sure I'm going to get more.


This is a really big TV unit - cupboard at the top 2 x drawers at the bottom and made of solid pine.  My customer told me she was sick of the orange pine messing up her lovely lounge design, so time for a change!


I painted all over - inside and out in Autentico's Passion Red chalk paint.  The inside is then coated with Autentico's sealer so that it can be used without the very dry chalk paint rubbing onto anything.


Then I used a couple of coats of Nocturnal and went aerobic with hand sanding to break through the black into the red underneath.


This was a commission and my customer was really keen for for this to look good and shabby. It's looking pretty Steampunk!


The heavy black iron handles have been left and give it bit of an industrial macho finish.


The outside's been given a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  You can still see the grain of the wood... feels great when you run your hand over the surface.


Iove it, my customer loves it - all's right in the world of ChouChou this week :-)


Even the sunset outside the shop was stunning tonight.


I really enjoyed working on this and look forward to seeing it back at it's home.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Green and Gold - painted chest of drawers with mirror

Here's a commission I was working on last week.  My customer has an Art Deco black and green bathroom and wanted to have an old chest of drawers and mirror painted to match the colour scheme.


This is the 'before. pic.... all very brown and plain.  It's been sitting in the hall outside the bathroom, so the idea is that the colours and brightness are mirrored and lighten up the hallway.  The mirror is Edwardian while the chest of drawers with a small cupboard is 1940s.


This customer didn't want anything too fancy, just a bit of gilding on the handles and mirror so that everything matches in.  I custom-mixed some of the green chalk paint colours: Antique Turquoise, Troubled Waters and Lemon/Lime to get the right colour.


Just a bit of gold wax to finish - the rest of the painted surfaces have had a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and finish.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Busy with Commissions - Banishing Brown!

Commission work has been busy of late - which is fantastic!  Interestingly there's a run on the French cream-coloured paint with a white limed finish.  Here's some examples;


Well - OK, they're all reeeeeally brown, but this French wardrobe was stunning to begin with.



Just look at the flow of this gorgeous design - I should have showed you inside (which was painted in Foggy Venice grey) - four shelves and a hanging rail's been added.  These pieces are all being commissioned for a little girl's room.


Phew!  What a job - I didn't have time to show you the other pieces, they were wrapped and shipped before I could grab the camera.  Everything's been painted with Paris White chalk paint from Autentico and then finished with white chalk wax.  Which do you prefer, before or after?


There's always things to do, the handles were being changed so there's filling and re-drilling...


This Welsh Dresser is solid oak - I was painting upside down here in case you can't work it out :-)


Such a beautiful piece - I love to use coloured waxes to bring through the design.


This is the dresser when it was at home before any work...


This is the after - the insides of the cupboard were painted in a light grey contrast (Autentico's Foggy Venice)



I've been refurbing handles too - the originals on the drawer were replaced at some point.


aren't the originals with an 'acorn' design pretty?  They've been painted in the same chalk paint and then sealed and buffed with gold gilding wax.


This is another wardrobe - was so very plain looking when it was brown, once painted and waxed you wouldn't recognise it as the original piece.


Taking a quick break from the creams and onto whites - another bedroom, completely refurbed in white and silver.


Everything was painted with Autentico's Foggy Venice grey, then the drawer fronts on the tallboy and bedside cabinets were picked out in Roman White.  Finished with Silver Wax over the grey.  The handles have been refurbed with silver gilding wax too.


A few items have been painted in shabby chic white.  So many people ask, can I get this painted, just white and very shabby?  Yes you can!!!