Showing posts with label Gers Blu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gers Blu. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Black, Gold and Blue - Chest of Drawers Refurb

Happy July!!  It's been hectic this week, as I've been working on a lot of commissions and am still trying to finish a dressing table... poor thing.  Meantime, here's a refurb I've just finished working on.


I do love my black and gold combi, but more about that later - here's the chest of drawers as I was starting work:


A really nice solid oak two over two set.  The front has a serpentine curve and the original handles have been replaced sometime along the way.  I took off the top two handles and was involved in a paint check before I realised I hadn't taken the before pic!!!


Something that's really interesting about the drawers is that they have little wooden wheels on the back. They run really smoothly, cool eh?


So after some filling in of unwanted drawer holes and a few dings to the top, I painted all over with Autentico chalk paint in the Nocturnal black colour.  Chalk paint is really matt when it dries, you have to be careful or it will pick up every little scuff and absorb anything.


There's some nice detail on the drawers, so it's been accentuated with an antique gold gilding that matches the gold on the handles - which have now been replaced and repositioned.


Gilding has been brushed over a few surfaces to draw out the design - it's quite subtle.


Loved gilding those chunky little feet though!



Everything's sealed with a wax varnish and the top has been given a few layers of gold wax to get a deep shine.


Inside the drawers are painted Gers Blu - a lovely contrast and bright surprise when you pull those ceramic pumpkin handles.


Quite a strong, masculine piece in the end...


Sold already and gone from the shop - good job I have photos!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Sideboard Makeover - Black and Gold

This is quite a big piece of furniture, the first thing I did was give it a coat of grey chalk paint.  Then I let it squat in the workshop for a couple of days while we eyed each other up and I wondered how best to bring out the best in him.


So here's the 'before' pic - down with brown!!  Inside and out, just dull and heavy looking.


The top is in good condition - but quite marked... I needed to do a bit of sanding and filling on the top and after removing all the hardware.



I decided to go a bit over the top with Antique Gold and started out by painting all over with Nocturnal Chalk Paint from Autentico.


Then I went to work drawing out the design and lines.


Just a little bit of bling to the barley twist legs to balance things.


Lots of lovely gold wax to the top - this has been polished to a deep and smooth finish.


The hardware has been changed to black and gold ceramic and the insides of the cupboards and drawers have been painted with Gers Blu.


A nice and bright welcome!


All the paint has been sealed with a wax varnish to finish.


The finish is a strong look - quite a statement piece.


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Dreamy Angelic Blue Armoire

When I saw the handles on this armoire, I just HAD to have it.


So here she is before any work started - very brown BUT very Art Deco... 


Inside is a treat - hanging rails and corner shelves - with one big storage drawer.  And all in great condition.


The handles are just soooo lovely - they reminded me of angels wings when I saw them - but maybe are more of a waterfall...  very 'renaissance' 1920s.


I started out painting all over with Gers Blu chalk paint.


That gave a totally blue canvas for me to start planning that new look.


The whole piece has had a white wash (Silk chalk paint) then I've added lots of gilding along all the lines.  I still wanted a bit of 'shabby' so very light sanding here and there.


The handles have been given the chalk paint and gold gilding treatment.



Aren't they gorgeous?


Here's the cabinet open so you can see the shelves and hanging space painted in cream with some gold on the shelf edge.  The single drawer underneath stands on chevron design - highlighted with white and gold.


Inside of the drawer is painted the same cream with gold edging around the top and bottom.


This is such a lovely piece of furniture.


Not too tall - at shoulder height, more storage space on top :-)


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

April Workshops - Painted Chairs and Clocks

Well Easter and all that lovely warm weather is now a memory blip :-0

But there's been a few workshops going on at the Chateau... Here's some pics to share:


This lovely clock was simply an old brown thing... loved in the family... but now it is just stunning!  Painted in Antentico's Gers Blu and finished with clear wax and some Antique Gold.  A beautiful 'Wedgewood' look.


This really was a fab transformation, any of the old brass and carved relief along the bottom was just lost in the old brown veneer.

Talking of memory blips, I'm having a terrible time remembering to take the before pic actually BEFORE we start.  Please do remind me!


This chair was took three hours from start to finish - we used Autentico's "Lemon" chalk paint - yes, that's the lime colour (really) for an all over coat or two.


And then did lots of work with dark brown and clear wax to get the right shade and shabby look.


So this table and chairs set - originally from Pier - was going up for sale on Gumtree but now has been completely re-invented and re-loved.  I'm looking forward to sharing the finished pics when they're ready.

Great job ladies!!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Mirror refurb - Paris White Chalk Paint and White Wax

Just a quick story today, I painted a triple mirror in a creamy coloured chalk paint by Autentico called 'Paris White'.  I didn't take a before pic because it was just plain pine - but should have - as the results were really great!


I used clear wax all over and then rubbed a second coat of white wax over, the ice cream colour with white looks lovely on this piece.  Shame it was getting late on and losing light.


Here's a close up of the wood buffed up - you can see the white wax looking like a wash.


I repainted this table today as well, it was grey (a bit boring actually) and now it's Gers Blu - again the pic has been taken late on when the light's fading, but it looks so sweet with that little lamp.

Another thing that happened today is someone was admiring some of the vintage finds and said, I love you stuff but really don't like that monkey...


How can you not like Monkey?  I looooooove my little Monkey!!!!! :-)