Showing posts with label Sideboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sideboard. Show all posts

Monday, 5 January 2015

She's a Knock Out - Purple Painted Antique Sideboard

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Thank you - my lovely customers and blog friends - I have so much gratitude for you.  You made 2014 a wonderful and memorable year for us at ChouChou Chateau, thank you again for your friendship and support!  

To be honest, things were really quiet over Christmas and into New Year, mostly due the dreaded 'flu bomb' - but that's waaaay in the past now, so here we go... kicking off on the 12th Day of Christmas with this POWERFUL statement piece... A Purple and Gold Sideboard.


I know you want to see the before pics - a really great find - an oak Victorian sideboard with ornate carving.  But looking very heavy and frankly GHASTLY in that old brown.


So here's what I did...


Most of the handles are flimsy brass replacements, so the hardware's all removed and she's been given coats of Autentico's Amethyst chalk paint - a lovely rich purple..  The design on these doors is so pretty!


The paint work has been lightly 'shabbied' up with sandpaper.  Then dark wax and clear wax have been used to bring through the depth of the design and when everything's been given time to fully dry, deep gold gilding has been added.


I love the relief work on these doors.  All the handles have been replaced with sturdy ceramic pumpkins with the same gold coloured finishing.


Gilding has been added inside the doors and drawers.


Here's a pic to finish with some camera flash - she's a knock out :-)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

1950s Sideboard Painted with Turquoise Chalk Paint

Maybe you'd walk past this super curvy sideboard before the refurb - it was really quite brown, but it was just screaming out for a new lease of life.


Here's the BEFORE story then...


Brown eh?  The walnut veneer is quite damaged in places and the handles - although they are really pretty just look lost.


And what a lovely surprise when you open the centre to find that glass cocktail bar!


Really pretty - just waiting for the Christmas Margherita :-)


I've used flash photography here, one of the problems at the moment is light.  It gets dark before 4pm and it is sooo cold and raining all the time.  The cabinet's been painted all over with a beautiful turquoise paint from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range called Antique Turquoise.  It shows ups well in this pic.


The colour here looks almost a Duck Egg Blue, but the turquoise is a strong bright colour as in the pictures taken above.  All the handles have been refurbished with an antique gold.


The insides of the drawers and doors have been highlighted with gold.  The cupboard inside is shelved,  everything is in tip-top condition.  I've put new fabric in place to replace the old green baize in the top drawer.


Black chalk wax has been added to accentuate the shape and create a soft 'grain on the top.  The cabinet has so many wavy lines.  Finally the soft wax finish has been buffed up to a silky shine.


She really is a beauty...




Friday, 10 October 2014

Oriental Black and Red - Stunning Art Deco Sideboard

Black and red can work really well - it's pretty daring... I just had to do it with this piece of Art Deco.  Look at that fluffy cloud mirror and those amazing feet!


First of all, I stripped off all the hardware (lovely chrome and bakelite handles), removed the mirror and then painted it all over with a couple of coats of red chalk paint.


Wow!  I could have stayed with that red!  I was tempted.  But I had some other ideas so that's when I added black chalk paint.


It's red inside, outside I've painted black over red with a few peeks of red left unpainted.



I've lightly sanded some of the wood to more chinks of red to show through and have used silver wax to bring through that stunning Art Deco waterfall design in the woodwork.


mmmm it's got that oriental Deco feel now.


The black paint has been finished with clear wax.  It softly reflects the light from the mirror and seals and protects the colours.




Here she is finished in the shop.  I need to get some more shots with better lighting - so pop back in a day or so for more photos.

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...

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.