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

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Lemon Meringue - The Edwardian Painted Dresser

I've just finished this lovely little dresser for a customer...


It's quite a good story - it was dropped off in the usual brown state (here's a 'before' pic).  The oval mirror has been removed in this shot, but you can see, it's a traditional shape with little wheels on the legs.  the handles are a beautiful design.  The wood's not in great condition - a few cracks from age - but that makes it perfect for shabby-chic work.


The request was to paint her all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's the colour of clotted cream and is slightly lemon when waxed.  I was asked to 'shabby' up the paint with some sanding and then seal with white chalk wax. 


I wondered if it would work... I painted the wax on top of the chalk paint and then buffed up with a lint-free cloth.


The handles weren't removed as the screws on the front were very old, so the option was taken to have them painted and then lightly sanded to bring out the leafy design.


The white wax sits on top of the lemon paint like a meringue frosting.  It's been a hit with other customers, so more soon in this combo.


Meanwhile on a completely different subject, this week in Glasgow, we've had Comic Con at the SECC!  It's been a treat to see so many people dressed up and out on the street.  Here's a couple of my favourite pics...


I hope it went really well for everyone, it's been lots of fun seeing you :-)


Friday, 16 May 2014

French Painted Chest of Drawers

I get so excited when I find something FRENCH - here's a lovely small chest of drawers I picked up and just refurbished with chalk paint.


And here's the before - it's quite a recent reproduction but lots of lovely features.


I'd hoped to paint it and re-wax and polish the top but there were too many dings for that...  next time...


I painted it all over in Autentico's Paris White and added a little bit of Lime to the chalk paint, then went to work with some soft sand papering to give it a bit of shabby chic.


Then used lots of clear and dark soft wax to work into the chalk paint and bring out the design and 'antique' the finish...


Oh I just love those cute little legs!


The finished result is just what I was hoping for - and I added some Antique Gold gilding to the handles to finish.


Looking all antiqued up and very Louis!


 Here she is in the shop now.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Black and Cream 1940s Dresser Refurb

Well it's been a good week, the sun has shown itself between hailstones and high winds and I got to work on a really nice chest of drawers with three mirrors.  A compact piece, with some cute little brass handles.  Here's the reveal...


And here's how it unfolded...


So this nice piece of 1940 bedroom furniture was quite plain but had potential - the three mirrors are mounted onto solid wood and the drawers are nice and easy to open and close.


The brass handles are just perfect.


No need to repair any parts - just some nasty scratches to be taken care of in the refurb process.



I gave it a couple of coats of Autentico's Paris White - a yummy 'vanilla ice cream' white.


And painted the drawers.  I left the handles on and gave them a coat of paint with the aim of waxing back the cover to highlight the design. 



I thought it might look good enough plain and went the whole hog, painting the back and mirrors, waxing all over with a clear wax and shabbying up the paint a little.  But it was no good, just too plain!!


After a stroll in the park I was so happy to see the snowdrops and crocus flower were announcing spring :-)


I went back to work with Autentico's Nearly Black and gave the drawers some gold bling along the top.


The handles have been waxed and rubbed to bring out the pattern in the brass.


I left the shabby look to the drawers and gave the black paint a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  It leaves a lovely soft sheen.


I took the black down the sides and left the back and mirror coloured Paris White.


All finished, looking gooooooood.

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!!!!! :-)