Showing posts with label lemon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lemon. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

April Workshops - Painted Chairs and Clocks

Well Easter and all that lovely warm weather is now a memory blip :-0

But there's been a few workshops going on at the Chateau... Here's some pics to share:


This lovely clock was simply an old brown thing... loved in the family... but now it is just stunning!  Painted in Antentico's Gers Blu and finished with clear wax and some Antique Gold.  A beautiful 'Wedgewood' look.


This really was a fab transformation, any of the old brass and carved relief along the bottom was just lost in the old brown veneer.

Talking of memory blips, I'm having a terrible time remembering to take the before pic actually BEFORE we start.  Please do remind me!


This chair was took three hours from start to finish - we used Autentico's "Lemon" chalk paint - yes, that's the lime colour (really) for an all over coat or two.


And then did lots of work with dark brown and clear wax to get the right shade and shabby look.


So this table and chairs set - originally from Pier - was going up for sale on Gumtree but now has been completely re-invented and re-loved.  I'm looking forward to sharing the finished pics when they're ready.

Great job ladies!!

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.