Showing posts with label Foggy Venice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Foggy Venice. Show all posts

Monday, 13 October 2014

Chalk Paint Workshops - bedside cabinet transformation

It's been a while since I've posted about the Chalk Paint Workshops (you can book here), however I've been sent some pics from one of my workshop customers and am so excited to share them with you!  Here's the story - we started off with an old pine bedside cabinet:


Nice solid cabinets being used in her teenage daughter's room - but Julie wanted to give her daughter a lovely surprise to match some of the other decor in her bedroom.


We removed the handles and painted all over in Foggy Venice, light grey chalk paint.  Then painted Nocturnal (black) on the tops and sides, leaving a front panel.  Some silver wax was added to the tops and around the edges-  and the woodwork was given a lightly shabby finish with sandpaper.


Part of the course covers various ways to transfer images - these Gothic crowns came from the Graphics Fairy website.  Probably the best place on the web to find royalty free images!  Don't you just love those new crystal handles?


Her daughter absolutely loves them and what an amazing transformation!!  I'll be sharing some more pics soon :-)


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gothic Novel-Writing Desk... Dramatically Painted in Grey

In case you wondered, I haven't been on holiday I've been slogging away here since my last post, phew!  I've had some big commissions on the go, but more about that later.  Here's a truly amazing desk I've been working on.


Here's how she looked before any work.  Just too brown for me.


A delicate little lady and just the right piece of furniture for churning out a few manuscripts I reckon.  But how old do you think she is?  judging by the finish, handles, drawers, I'd say 1950s.  No makers marks...


Here's the story so far then, I painted her all over in a light grey chalk paint, called Foggy Venice.


And then went to work with black wax - not one of the brown 'antique' ones, pure, dramatic blaaaaack.  This bought out all the gothic carved work and has given the light grey paint quite a steely finish.


There's so much in the design and those legs are to die for!  The handles have been replaced with white ceramic buttons to keep the external monochrome look.


Meantime, internally it's just a ray of sunshine!  I used a golden chalk paint and added antique gold gilding around the drawer tops for a bit of extra bling (you know how I like my bling).


One minute it's very Mary Shelly...


And the next it's more Hans Christian Andersen.


It's been a real crowd stopper and here it is, finished in the shop at last.  There's an ornate Victorian mirror above in the same colour and finish.


I'd really hate to split them up...


So what do you think?  Needs some candlesticks?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Edwardian Dressing Table - Painted Grey and White

I found this lovely dressing table and after posting on my Facebook Page here I was commissioned to paint grey with white detail.


This is one of the pics I posted - everything very brown, the original handles have been replaced along the way... but just a really lovely design.


I painted her all over in a 'Paris' grey chalk paint (Foggy Venice from Autentico's range) and picked out the detail in Roman White.

Love the curly design :-)


The handles were replaced with white ceramic buttons.


And the insides painted in Purple Rain - another favourite pink colour from Autentico.  The rims of the drawers were gilded silver.


Love those legs - a lovely piece of furniture - now delivered to her new home where she's much admired by all :-)

Friday, 15 August 2014

French Cupboard - painted Grey and Lime Green

I walked into one of the shops I was scouting around for furniture and stopped in my tracks!  Sometimes you see something that's just such an exciting project - and I love this French looking cupboard.


It's much larger than a bedside cabinet... Here's a peek at the 'before' when it arrived in the workshop.  Slightly banged about from use but has a really nice oak grain - and still has the original key.  I wanted to create quite a dramatic look.


I opted for Autentico's 'Paris grey' chalk paint which is called Foggy Venice.  And then went to work with white wax to bring out the grain.


Those cute handles have been refurbed with grey paint and silver gilding.


And inside, to give a really FRESH apple lift, I've used Autentico's Lime chalk paint.


The basked of fruit has been highlighted with the white wax.. I really love the soft peachy look its got now.


All the carving on the front has been buffed up to add more dimension.  I took a few pics in the shop - this one with the light on...


Light off...


It would look stunning in a small entrance hall, there's just about the right amount storage space, two shelves and one drawer :-)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink and Grey - Inspirational Desk

Open the drawer, take out your laptop, pull down the desk et voila!  What a fabulous workstation. How could you NOT be inspired?


I got so excited about refurbing this bureau that I'd already started colour testing before any pics... here's a quick look at part of the before - inside...


So you get the picture?  It's a lovely old bureau, very solid old walnut, but it's had it.  BORING!!  It needed a new lease of life and that's where I arrive armed with pink and grey :-)


And, hello beautiful! Just a lovely old piece of furniture.  The grey paint which has been added all over the outside - it's called Foggy Venice from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range.


I went crazy for those little tootsies and just had to add antique gold gilding to those platform slippers!


The shell at the centre adds style - although I've finished the grey chalk paint with a clear wax - I've added some dark wax to bring out all the detail to the carving at the bottom of this piece.


I took all the hardware off for the refurb and then put it all back on again - cutest brass handles.


The chalk paint can be put straight on to the original leather pad, it's been refurbed too and the insides have been sealed with a dead matt varnish.


Swanky or what?  This wonderful magenta pink colour is called Heliotrope.  I think it's VERY ChouChou.


The original key locks the bureau top - and she just sits there looking all prim and proper (ah, bonjour Fifi).


Such a nice surprise to find that colour.  That final, internal drawer is painted gold inside.  Oh it just wants to be taken home!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Cosmic Silver Painted Bedside Cabinets

These little bedside cabinets are so precious!


I've refurbed a very similar set before - they're typical 1950s design and are wonderful solid pieces with cabriole legs, a single draw and the best feature - drop down table fronts with shelving inside.


I used a different colour scheme and finish inside with these one, you can see the other refurb story here


I got these for a customer who had bought a silver chest of drawers (story here)
They've been painted in the same colours - all over in Autentico's 'Foggy Venice' chalk paint and inside with Antique Turquoise.


After a few coats and smooth finish, a few coats of silver wax has been added.


These cabinets are slightly different to the previous refurb as they have a hard, wipe clean surface inside.  They're such a great design, if you pull the front of the cabinet down you have a place to put your morning cuppa...


The handles have been changed to sparkly crystal - these reflect the light and throw tiny rainbows around the room when the sun shines - which it continues to do... :-)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Silver and White Dressing Table

This is a pic of the finished dressing table - really quite large and with three fantastic long mirrors.



I'm still having difficulty getting decent photos - I took her into the workshop and tried  a 'before picture'.  This is the best I could manage - you can see this piece is very solid wood with walnut veneer, now sadly damaged and scratched but otherwise in great shape.


I got to work using a Paris grey coloured chalk paint from Autentico's range called 'Foggy Venice' and painted all over.  just look at the sweet little legs on the bottom of the mirrors!


The drawers were painted separately with 'Roman White' chalk paint - not too bright, more of an antique finish.


The handles have been refubished with a silver gilding - precious little silver tassels.


The legs and upper surfaces have been given a silver wax finish, while the rest has a clear wax to seal and protect.


The silver's been buffed up to give a really lovely reflective shine.


Love those mirrors...


All finished and in the shop :-)