Showing posts with label dressing table. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dressing table. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Romantic Bedroom Suite - painted with white chalk paint

Everyone loves using white chalk paint to get that shabby look.  Here's a 1950s romantic bedroom set I just finished for the shop- - starting with the before pics;


The top of the dressing table and chest of drawers have these lovely flowers carved.


And look at these handles - so cute!!


Here's the chest of drawers in the workshop - two two drawers and two lower.  The glass top has been removed.


And here's the chest of drawers.  This bedroom suite is fantastic quality.  I always check that everything is in perfect working order before purchasing, looking for the BEST quality furniture to sell once refurbished.


So first of all, here's the dressing table, painted all over using white chalk paint and then lightly shabbied up and waxed.  Glass top is now back on.  These dressing tables make lovely office desks too - I can just see my Mac sitting on the top...


Here's the detail of the top and those lovely handles.




Next up is the chest of drawers.

From boring brown to brightening everything up..



Just beautiful... so romantic - and for sale in the shop now.

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.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Art Deco Style - Purple Painted Dressing Table

August is looking like another great month for commissions, this lovely Art Deco dressing table is a favourite example.  I've been using my Facebook page more often lately - for quick updates - you can find the link here - please add me as a friend and keep in touch :-)


Even before any work, this dressing table is just beeeeautiful.  When I picked it up, I really was unsure if this should be painted.  But there has been a lot of damage to the top from use and probably perfume spills over the years.  My customer loves it and wants it re-designed into a style that matches the rest of her bedroom furniture and colour scheme


So it was agreed that I'd paint all over in Amethyst - a lovely purple chalk paint - and then add soft silver wax.


Here's the paint when the silver is starting to be added to the drawers.  I was looking at the level of silver gilding and finish for the handles too.


Here she is when the silver wax has been added all over and before the handles have been put on.


Heavier silver has been added to the bottom of the dressing table and the curving upper drawers.  Not easy to get the picture right, so here's another to show of 'the bling'.


Nothing too heavy... My client loves it and I must say it's been a great little piece to work on.


These fabulous drawers pull out from the side hinge - such a great design, so feminine.


The handles have a little amethyst gilding added to enhance the floral design and the drawer tops are silver gilded.


Isn't she cute?


Not leaving the mirror out either, it's been painted and gilded - so the floral theme has been picked out here too.


What can I say, just a beautiful piece of bedroom furniture :-)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Dressing Table Painted Antique Turquoise

Hello!!  I'm just back from a WONDERFUL week off - I want to blog about that soon and share some lovely pics.  The shop's open again Saturday 13 June and here's a story for the week.


I try to pick these lovely Queen Anne dressing tables up when I see them.


This one was in excellent condition, with three suuuuper mirrors.


I decided to use a dark oak stain on the wooden top and seal with a clear varnish...


 ...and then concentrate of painting the lower half.


I used Antique Turquoise chalk paint and then added clear and dark wax to 'antique' the colour a little.


Before shabbying up.


I polished up the handles this time, leaving some natural patina and added some gilding to the tops of the drawers to match the colour of the brass handles.


And added boots for those curvy calves.


Looking goooooood and in the shop now :-)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Grey Painted Edwardian Dresser - with frosting

This lovely Edwardian dresser has the most beautiful handles, but could do with an overhaul I reckon!


Here she is all in brown before outfit - the surfaces are a bit scratched up but what a lovely mirror!


And here's Cinders after being given an all over treatment.  I went for a very simple solution using Autentico's Foggy Venice grey chalk paint and then used white chalk wax all over to get that frosted finish.


The insides of the two small drawers at the top are painted in a strong pink - called Heliotrope.


The chalk wax brings a really lovely limed finish - it reminds me of a light sprinkling of cake frosting or if you need a cool look winter's frost.


The mirror looks wonderful against a dark wall and the grey brings through the curvy design.


Here's a close up of the drawer handles and locks - the white wax does a great job. Very Arts and Crafts!


And adding brush strokes in the chalk paint means the surfaces can be more interesting.


 She's just waiting for a good home now...


 Looks good with whites - this warm grey is almost silver with the white finish.  Beautiful :-)