Showing posts with label Transfer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transfer. Show all posts

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Furniture Transfers and Saturday Afternoon Workshops

Workshops are now running on a Saturday afternoon instead of Sundays.  When you sign up at the shop or online here you can bring along a small piece of furniture like a bedside cabinet or drawers from a larger piece.

Last week in a small workshop (I only take up to 3 people at a time) we focussed on transfers.

Here, Mary's painting a tray with Autentico's Violet Grey chalk paint (hairdryer for speedy drying process in the shop).

We looked at a number of transfer methods - Mary chose some French typography for black and white photocopy transfer.

Everything was sealed and waxed...

And ready to go home for a new use - no longer a children's games tray, now a drinks tray in the lounge :-)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Patience - The French Chest Makeover

I've had this small chest of drawers for years, I've kept a load of household tools in it and basically left it in a dark corner of the garage.  BUT NOW (drum-roll...) she's been turned into a lovely French Chest of Drawers.

I like to start with the reveal - here's how this chest looked to start with...

Made of solid wood - no veneer here dear! And I think this must have been someone's pet project at some point because it's been made up from reclaimed wood.  I wondered if it was part of a desk originally.  The sides and back are very basic bits of wood - but it's part of the charm. You'll see.

So I've used for tools storage - it was never created to be loved and admired... until NOW that is.

I started out with a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint.  Did a bit of fixing and sanding the drawers and then added Paris Grey on the front panels.  I used masking tape to create the grey borders around the top and sides.

The old handles are nice, solid brass.  They are lovely as they are with the patina built up over years, but once I looked at them on the grey and white I realised they needed a coat of Old White too.

I didn't do lots of sanding work to the wood - I wanted to leave it as natural and bashed as possible - naturally shabby this one.  I visited the Graphics Fairy and found the French graphics I wanted to use.
Patience!  for the top.

Grain sack for the sides.

So this is how the drawers look BEFORE I added clear wax. The clear wax seals and protects the chest.  It also brings out more of the character.  The next three pics are after waxing....

The white and grey are take on a more vintage hue.

This is her behind - you never know where she'll end up.  Keep it pretty.

These are the handles after a treatment with the wax too.  Another peacock tail design (like the bentwood chair I did earlier which is here).

I blinged up the inside of the drawers.  They were all given coats of Paris Grey and gold added around the inside of the drawers. (I just can't keep away from that antique gold, sigh...)

What do you think? I love to do French refurb!!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stag Head Chest of Drawers

After my Applecross holiday, I have gone TOTALLY over the top on this chest of drawers.

I've started with the reveal - here's how this fella looked when I found him.

So he's been this week's transformation project.  Originally, this was a nice bit of 1950s furniture.
I recently bought some Old Ochre chalk paint, which is very creamy...

I removed the handles and gave him a couple of coats of paint and found the right stag head for some photocopy transfer.  

These are the three drawers with the transfers directly onto the paint. I must just share a stupid moment mistake.  I transferred the three stags the first time and went to put the drawers back to check alignment and guess what?  I had completed two of the transfers but the drawers were facing the wrong way.
MORAL: Always make sure your drawers are not back to front!!!

This is how the chest looked after the drawers were put back together.  I waxed the entire chest with clear wax.  Then I started to add antique gold on the handles and around the drawers.  Which is when I started to think about adding MORE...  Starting with the top.

The paint has been 'shabbied up' a bit, then gold added around the edges and inside the lip of the drawer, it looks good when you open it.

I added gold to the feet too.  Too much gold?  Noooooooo....

And here he is again - Now as Stag Head Chest of Drawers - aall finished!  What do you think? 

Monday, 4 March 2013

Round Art Deco Table

First of all - apologies to a friend of mine, Anthony Joseph Stevens who may never speak to me again for refurbing a beautiful piece of Art Deco - BUT in my defence may I just point out that this was quite badly chipped and stained?

It's clearly had some glory days and now needs to be reborn and re-loved...

Fifi likes this piece too.  

There were some black marks soaked into the varnish, probably from an evening of martini cocktails? 

Someone's also tried to keep this table alive by revarnishing at some point.

It's difficult to take a really good picture that shows of the beauty of this Art Deco occasional table, a real classic!

After doing the prep work and coating the table with Paloma paint (a light lavender colour) I tested the surface to find out how it would work if I did a bit of sanding.  I loved the gold  colour of the wood as it started to show through of the paint

I also wanted to add a bit of extra style using my favourite Victorian bee decal. This has been traced and hand painted using a gold enamel paint.

Once that was finished, I went to work sanding and then fully sealing all the surfaces using clear wax which creates that wonderful soft shine.

I just love the finished look on this piece of furniture - yup - definitely a favourite!


LInky party at costal charm

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Chouchou Blanket Box

The REVEAL - an old blanket box gets a make over.

I've had this blanket box some time.  Here's the before pic, quite a bit of damage to the varnish and a white mark made by a hot mug of tea!

Next, here's the box painted with Chalk Paint, it's Paloma which is a lovely soft lavender or violet.

I didn't want to experiment with too much distressing of paint with this piece, I love the victorian style graphics on the site of The Graphics Fairy and have transferred two here on the lid, then painted over in antique gold.

I added a final bee to the front of this box then did a small bit of 'distressing' around the lid and lip along the bottom of the box.  Then used clear wax to finish - it added a lovely soft shine.

So here it is, my finished blanket box, I'm really pleased with it!!