Showing posts with label black chalk paint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black chalk paint. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gothic Novel-Writing Desk... Dramatically Painted in Grey

In case you wondered, I haven't been on holiday I've been slogging away here since my last post, phew!  I've had some big commissions on the go, but more about that later.  Here's a truly amazing desk I've been working on.


Here's how she looked before any work.  Just too brown for me.


A delicate little lady and just the right piece of furniture for churning out a few manuscripts I reckon.  But how old do you think she is?  judging by the finish, handles, drawers, I'd say 1950s.  No makers marks...


Here's the story so far then, I painted her all over in a light grey chalk paint, called Foggy Venice.


And then went to work with black wax - not one of the brown 'antique' ones, pure, dramatic blaaaaack.  This bought out all the gothic carved work and has given the light grey paint quite a steely finish.


There's so much in the design and those legs are to die for!  The handles have been replaced with white ceramic buttons to keep the external monochrome look.


Meantime, internally it's just a ray of sunshine!  I used a golden chalk paint and added antique gold gilding around the drawer tops for a bit of extra bling (you know how I like my bling).


One minute it's very Mary Shelly...


And the next it's more Hans Christian Andersen.


It's been a real crowd stopper and here it is, finished in the shop at last.  There's an ornate Victorian mirror above in the same colour and finish.


I'd really hate to split them up...


So what do you think?  Needs some candlesticks?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Meet Ruby - Jazzy Cocktail Cabinet Refurb

Ohhhh, I do love to get dramatic and this wonderful Cocktail Cabinet gave me such an opportunity!


Next time you see brown, dull and done-for furniture DO NOT GIVE UP!  .. Here's what was delivered to the shop....


The glass has been separated and is wrapped up on top, but SERIOUSLY... black and white check backing paper???  Who would have thought? A bit too masculine?  Huh, time for a gender-change!


This is a beautiful and interesting piece of furniture.  The red, gold and silver combo on the original piece  was a bit of a challenge but this is what I did...


I painted all over with Autentico's Nearly Black chalk paint and painted the inside of the lower cabinet with Red - fittingly, this is called Ruby (baby).  I used a matching the gold gilding for the cabinet and left all of the bottom cabinet black, but put some sneaky silver gilding on the rims of the doors, et Voila!!



Lovely claw and ball-foot tootsies here.  This cabinet is step-ping out!


No more hiding in the corner for Ruby!  So when do you think she was originally made? Art Deco?


When I first saw her, I thought 1930s but noooo, 1960s!  The British Safety Kite is there.


I just love that jazzy silver-work on the doors :-)


I kept trying to get a pic that worked with the lighting...


It doesn't matter, she'll light up your room day and night.