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

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Heavenly white painted dressing table - shabby chic

These 1950s and 60s, Queen Anne dressing tables are often used as desks once the mirror's removed.

I've just painted this one in Autentico's Roman White chalk paint - but of course I've done some other stuff as well!!

I changed the hardware on the middle drawers...

Cute butterflies! I've given them the same gold-leaf finish.

I refurbished the original brass handles on the two side drawers.

Put gold boots on the legs...

And added some gilding around the dressing table before shabbying it up with sandpaper.

I'm going to be looking for a special mirror to hang on the wall above.  When all the work's done, I've finished all the surfaces in a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  Heavenly!!!

Oooh, I nearly forgot to say, I was at Kylie's again last night, la-la-la-la-la :-)

Only had my old iphone on me - she's such a doll x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Painted Arts & Crafts Dresser and Wardrobe - white chalk paint

I was really excited when a customer asked me to paint their dresser and wardrobe in Roman White (an antique white) chalk paint.  Then I saw the pics - and these pieces are the most beautiful Arts and Crafts design.

The Glasgow Arts and Crafts movement occurred in the late 1880s, there's a bit of background info here. Some of the furniture from this period was painted white, so this was a great opportunity to see a before and after.  Here's the dressing table after it's been painted white...

Oh, apologies for the photo - heavy rain outside...  I've taken some picks of the design for a bit of style worship :-)

These brass handles are just divine!

The mirror and wardrobe 'roofs' match with these decorative little gable ends.

There's just so much work across all the surfaces.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a famous architect and designer who springs to mind when I think of white painted furniture.  He combined soft curves and floral accents into his designs.

I managed to get a pic of the wardrobe outside.  One large drawer at the bottom, and check those feet...

The floral design's taken into the leaded glass panels.

All the surfaces have been painted using Autentico's Roman White Chalk paint and waxes.  You can still see the grain in the oak.  A really lovely finish.  Client's happy, I'm happy, yay!!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

1950s Dressing Table with White Chalk Wax

The Lemon Meringue Dresser got lots of attention and one of my clients asked me to do the same finish on a 1950s dressing table for her after she saw it on my Facebook Page here.

This lovely walnut lady was originally made by Beithcraft Furniture.  Beautifully manufactured, here's the before pic;

There's a single mirror attached that has a simple shell design, however this isn't part of my client's bedroom design - there'll be a separate mirror hung on the wall at the dressing table instead.

After all the hardware was removed, the whole piece was painted with a creamy coloured chalk paint called 'Neutral'.  It's a similar colour to Paris White chalk paint, but less 'lemon'.

Then covered in White Chalk Wax to create a French limed look.

I love the flow of the serpentine side drawers...

Unusually, the top has a step to the lower drawer.  Such a cute little shell design. Time to put the solid brass hardware back on.

Once buffed up, a small amount of gold wax has been applied to highlight some of the curves on the back, legs and the shell drawer.  The drawers are so perfect after more than 60 years of use.

I've added some gold bling across the drawer tops - you can see it when they're opened.

She's gone to her new home tonight :-)

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 :-)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Edwardian Dressing Table - Painted Grey and White

I found this lovely dressing table and after posting on my Facebook Page here I was commissioned to paint grey with white detail.

This is one of the pics I posted - everything very brown, the original handles have been replaced along the way... but just a really lovely design.

I painted her all over in a 'Paris' grey chalk paint (Foggy Venice from Autentico's range) and picked out the detail in Roman White.

Love the curly design :-)

The handles were replaced with white ceramic buttons.

And the insides painted in Purple Rain - another favourite pink colour from Autentico.  The rims of the drawers were gilded silver.

Love those legs - a lovely piece of furniture - now delivered to her new home where she's much admired by all :-)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Going for Gold - refurbished desk

I'm soooo excited, we're surrounded by the Commonwealth Games that started today.  The weather has been great so I've been out on the street working on furniture.  This is a dressing table turned into a gold desk.

Originally, this dressing table had a single mirror across the back, however it can no longer be fitted to the mirror struts - I'm hoping to hang it above the desk on the wall back in the shop.

It's been painted all over in Autentico's 'Nearly Black' chalk paint and then the whole thing has been waxed in layers of gold.  Yup, I finally went all out with the gold.

The gold has  been applied more strongly to define the shape around the drawers and highlights the serpentine flow of the top.

The drawers are painted Gers Blu inside - a cornflower blue - for a lift of colour.

And I left the original handles, they're in great condition, heavy brass that works well against the dark tone and gold.

I took all the photos outside as I finished her this afternoon, the gold creates a lovely soft shine that looks even better indoors...

I think this would make a stunning desk, BUT with a free standing mirror or wall mounted mirror, would still be a fabulously stylish dressing table.