Showing posts with label Neutral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neutral. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Gold and Cream Dream - Art Deco Sideboard

I saw this sideboard and tested quite a few colours before deciding to paint in cream and gold.

This is the before pic, I was really drawn to those scalloped drawers and cupboard and the soft curve of the cupboards to the sides.  The sideboard is a golden honey coloured wood inside and out and in great condition.

I did two undercoat: firstly a red (Ruby chalk paint) followed by black (Nocturnal) and then painted all over in Neutral 'cream coloured' chalk paint.

When all the coats had dried evenly, I did some very light sanding.  I wanted to bring some colour through the cream - rather than leave as a solid colour as I thought it would be more interesting.

Next stage was layering on the antique gold wax - all across the middle sections, top and a touch to the feet.

The gold softly reflect the light.

Here's a 'lights on' pic...

And a light off...

I'm really pleased with the final outcome, gold under the drawers reflects of the gilding beautifully.

Finally, the handles have been replaced with smaller ceramic and matching gold hardware.

She's lighting up the shop right now...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

1950s Dressing Table with White Chalk Wax

The Lemon Meringue Dresser got lots of attention and one of my clients asked me to do the same finish on a 1950s dressing table for her after she saw it on my Facebook Page here.

This lovely walnut lady was originally made by Beithcraft Furniture.  Beautifully manufactured, here's the before pic;

There's a single mirror attached that has a simple shell design, however this isn't part of my client's bedroom design - there'll be a separate mirror hung on the wall at the dressing table instead.

After all the hardware was removed, the whole piece was painted with a creamy coloured chalk paint called 'Neutral'.  It's a similar colour to Paris White chalk paint, but less 'lemon'.

Then covered in White Chalk Wax to create a French limed look.

I love the flow of the serpentine side drawers...

Unusually, the top has a step to the lower drawer.  Such a cute little shell design. Time to put the solid brass hardware back on.

Once buffed up, a small amount of gold wax has been applied to highlight some of the curves on the back, legs and the shell drawer.  The drawers are so perfect after more than 60 years of use.

I've added some gold bling across the drawer tops - you can see it when they're opened.

She's gone to her new home tonight :-)