Showing posts with label duck egg blue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label duck egg blue. Show all posts

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Painted Chest of Drawers - Duck Egg Blue and Gold

I love it when I get the chance to source and create a piece of furniture for a client.  This very large and solid pine chest of drawers that has been customised to match two bedside cabinets.


Here's the two cabinets that were bought previously, you can see their before and after story here.


And here's the grand old Victorian chest of drawers in the workshop before any work is started.


The original handles would have been the round 'button' style made of wood but have been changed along the way.  Three of the handles are a beautiful and original brass Arts and Crafts design.


So all the handles have been taken off and the wood is starting to get cleaned and sanded to remove old lumps of varnish, fill in holes and make the surface ready for painting.


I've used the same chalk paint - duck egg blue - or in Autentico's range it's called Troubled Waters.


The chest and drawers have been painted all over. lightly sanded for a slightly shabby look and finished in clear wax.  Then wooden handles have been gilded in gold to match the bedside cabinets.


After waxing, gold wax is added to bring a shimmer to the surface of the paint.


Gold wax is on the insides of the drawers too.


I love the finished look - luckily my client does too!




Thursday, 17 July 2014

Edwardian Dressing Table - Painted Duck Egg Blue

I've painted chests of drawers, cabinets, mirrors in this colour, but this is my first dressing table painted a 'duck egg blue' colour. in Autentico's Vintage Chalk Paint range, this is called 'Troubled Waters'.


I should have done it sooner - what a fabulous look!!  Here's how this piece looked before I started work.  Love the mirror, those wonderful jewellery drawers, legs with stilettoe wheels...


Just a lovely piece of furniture - but in need of a total overhaul.


After removing the hardware, I just gave a few coats all over. softly sanded away to shabby up and then used a clear wax to seal.  














The hardware was so pretty, I painted the brass handles in the same colour and then gilded over to bring out the design.


The tops of the drawers have been gilded with gold too.
















The colour of the wood really sets of the duck egg.


I love the shape of the mirror - the supports at the side are so elegant.


So here she is in the shop.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Duck Egg Blue and Gold - Cabinet Transformations

I've been working on two cabinets - here's the REVEAL of how one of them looks in the shop window.


Here's the BEFORE pic.


Originally a dark wood and Indonesian looking.  All the hardware's been removed, it had the 'rusty' look - very 1980s.


I chose Autentico's 'Troubled Waters' chalk paint for this one, which is a 'duck egg blue' colour.  I gave a few coats all over - this is the colour when dried and before any waxing - quite a lot lighter.


This is cabinet 2 after waxing with clear wax and some gold wax.  The Duck Egg colour has darkened and the gold glints from the surface.  Both cabinets are exactly the same colour - it goes to show the difference it makes when I can get into full daylight with the camera!


The gold wax has been rubbed into the clear wax before it dried and the replacement handles have been gilded with the same Antique Gold.


I also did some light sanding before waxing to bring through the dark wood.


I love this colour combination - it has the WOW factor :-)


Monday, 2 June 2014

Duck Egg Blue - Rustic Cupboard

Oh hurruh for June - feels like summer now and I've been able to get outside as it's stopped raining.

I picked up this simple little washstand/ cupboard with one drawer over and wanted to turn it into something a little more rustic.  Loving how it's finished up.


So here's how she started out...


You can see this would have been a cute piece of furniture in it's day, but fading away in the corner now and desperately in need of a new look.


I painted the insides of the cupboards and drawer in a Violet Grey chalk paint (it ain't pink) - nice that the cupboards are separate spaces..


The colour all over is a 'Duck Egg Blue' or in Autentico's colour range it's called 'Troubled Waters'.  I've used gold gilding across the cupboard, drawers and feet.


Those original casters create just DARLING tootsies!


Actually, there was more work to this piece than immediately meets the eye - I needed to fill the holes from the original hardware after I removed them and then re-drill through and sand to ensure the new pulls were aligned properly.


Never a dull day... aren't these French Bee ceramic handles adorable?


I'm really pleased with the new rustic look of this piece - all finished with a bit of shabby sanding and sealed with clear wax :-)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chalk Painted Chiffonier - Vincent Van Gogh Style

I'm always on the lookout for something unusual...  and this is my Van Gogh Chiffonier do-over!


I'll try to explain the Van Gogh inspiration at the end of the blog - but first of all here's the cabinet before I started any work...


I was really interested in all the carving on this piece - I'm assuming it's Victorian... Chiffoniers were became popular as pieces of furniture to put 'things' in... and are smaller than sideboards.


The hardware was in bad shape - broken handles on the drawer...


Doors loose or coming away from the hinges.  I wasn't really interested in keeping the doors, I thought the natural wood backing and shelves would look great painted with Troubled Water (Autentico's Duck Egg Blue).


This is how everything looked after a couple of coats all over with Autentico's 'Lemon' chalk paint.  Actually it is much more lime - maybe unripe lemon.. but definitely NOT yellow.


Then I got started with the dark wax to bring out all that character.


I love the shade it becomes when the dark brown is added.


I've washed through the brown to let the lemon/lime come through.


It shows the carving really nicely.





The inside is left unwaxed - handles on the drawer have changed to white ceramic pumpkins.


The inside of the drawer is painted in the same duck egg colour - I love that green that could be blue - and finished with a shot of silver leaf across the top.  The names of these paints are VERY confusing.


These photos show the colours off better than some of the others.


A rustic cabinet...


I love it :-)  A great little character piece.

And here's Van Gogh's Chair - the colours inspired me.  I saw the Duck Egg Blue background and that Old Lime painted wood of the chair.  My finished work is a minute fraction of the price though, very affordable.