Showing posts with label Paris White. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paris White. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Classic 1950s French Style Chest of Drawers - Painted Cream

This lovely chest of drawers is just such a classic...


These 1950s and early 60s pieces of furniture are great finds, they're solid wood, beautifully made and will last for decades.


Here's a before pic.  Originally painted in cream with silver handles, I wanted to stay true to the original look, but after 60 or so years of wear and tear, she needed an upgrade!


She's been painted all over with Autentico's Paris White Chalk Paint -  a soft, vanilla ice cream colour.


The design of these handles is gorgeous. I've refurbed in the same colour of cream and then gilded with gold to bring though the design.


I kept things simple - adding gold to the edges of the drawers and lightly on the feet.


Here's some white bookends against the cream... such a pretty colour.


The insides of the drawers have been gilded too, not too much bling, but couldn't resist a bit.



In the shop now and ready for a new home :-)


Saturday, 29 August 2015

1950s French Style Dressing Table Set Painted in Cream

I ran into this wonderful 1950s Dressing Table set recently and was really excited about giving her the revamp treatment.


Here's a quick look at the 'before' pic when she arrived - outside the shop.  This set was originally painted in a cream paint with silver handles.


There's been quite a lot of wear and tear and she just looks grubby - but hey, don't you love that princess mirror?


Close up there's quite a few dings and discolouration's set in, but she's really solid and in great condition otherwise.  I painted her all over in a lovely vanilla cream colour from Autentico called Paris White.


There are three drawers - there's one in the middle too.  When I took this photo I was nearly finished.  One of the GREAT things about these dressing tables is you can often discard the mirror and just create a really wonderful work desk.


After painted and waxing - with clear wax, I went to work with some custom gilding wax I made up in an antique gold.  I kept things simple, just drawing out the curves and little flourishes on the legs...


 ...and enjoyed getting her boots on.


The two drawer handles have been refurbed in the same colours with gilding.


With some polishing, the shine is beginning to come through on the waxed top.


A little bit of gilding added to the mirror struts.


Of course she sold as I was finishing her up - the customer's buying her own choice of fabric and then I'll recover the seat... I'll put the final pic up once that's done.


I just loooooove these kidney-shaped dressing tables!!!


This is where I usually say - in the shop and ready for sale now - but she's been snapped up already.
I hope to have another one in soon though.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page, I often post furniture that can be custom painted.  You pick the colour(s) and finish and I'll deliver.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Very Vanilla - White Chalk Wax Armoire

I can't believe it's 12th March already!  Spring is here, the light is changing and everything is beginning to look bright again :-)  So time to DITCH the old brown look!


This lovely Armoire wardrobe is typical of 1950s design.  Great quality if you can find it, this one by local manufacturer, Beithcraft.


Armoires can turn into brilliant storage space for a children's room.


Two drawers below, then inside shelves and a hanging space - perfect!


I removed all the hardware and painted this one all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's a yummy, rich vanilla white.


Once dry a white chalk wax was added all over to give a subtle 'limed' French finish.  The drawer and cupboard edges have gold gilding.


The hardware's been changed to uplifting gold and crystal.


And the feet have been given a makeover too - just some wee gold slippers.


The vanilla and white wax look is so refreshing.


In the shop now... meanwhile out in the park, sun's shining, I had to take some snaps for you!


I've hardly been out with my camera at all this year - it's been very dark and rainy.


But now the sun's out, the skies are very bright blue.


Loving the gilded thistle on this lamp :-)


Bring out the bling Glasgow!!



Saturday, 21 February 2015

Demi Lune Shabby Chic Display Cabinet

There are lots of pretty display cabinets around that look fabulous when they're refurbished.


This 'half-moon' cabinet has an Oriental design but is originally made by a London based company.  I was really looking forward to giving this the French Shabby look!


Here's the before pic.  There's three glass shelves inside.  The raised design on the outside would have been so vibrant when it was new, but now it's full of scratches and watermarks and ready for a new look.


She's been painted inside with a soft grey - Foggy Venice chalk paint.  Then outside creamy Paris Grey chalk paint and given a rough sanding to get the shabby look.  Clear wax seals and protects the paint and adds a soft shine.


I was originally thinking about adding lots of gilding to this cabinet, but once painted the flow of the design was enough.  Just a bit of bling on the insides of the doors.


And the tootsies...


One of the special things about this cabinet is the key... gives a very satisfying click to lock, great piece of design too.


Here she is getting ready to go to her new home outside the shop.  The shelves are out, I'll have to get a pic when she's settled in.


The doors open outwards to give full access to the display case inside, what a beauty!


Here's a quick pic taken from my apartment last night - another Lune shot, this one taken over the rooftops to show a Dark Moon, with Venus and Mars above.


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!!!