Showing posts with label old white. Show all posts
Showing posts with label old white. Show all posts

Saturday, 29 June 2013

1970s Dressing Table Redoux

I tell you, sometimes you get a piece of furniture and everything goes like a dream... other times it's a work in progress...

I picked up this dressing table and thought it would be great fun to redoux in Chalk Paint - Paris Grey with Old White trim.  Here's the old brown look.

Typical 1970s, drawers work really well nice mirrors and some detail to bring out.

After tickling his tum - yes, there is something masculine about the design of this piece - I painted all over in Paris Grey.  I like to paint every bit - starting underside.

This is how the front looked after the grey and white was finished.  I took a pic after starting work with the clear wax.

I sprayed the handles white.

And put them back onto the finished piece.

I super-buffed the surfaces to get a really good wax shine going.  And have sanded away around the mirrors and more lightly on the drawers and around the edges.

The transformation is just fab.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Patience - The French Chest Makeover

I've had this small chest of drawers for years, I've kept a load of household tools in it and basically left it in a dark corner of the garage.  BUT NOW (drum-roll...) she's been turned into a lovely French Chest of Drawers.

I like to start with the reveal - here's how this chest looked to start with...

Made of solid wood - no veneer here dear! And I think this must have been someone's pet project at some point because it's been made up from reclaimed wood.  I wondered if it was part of a desk originally.  The sides and back are very basic bits of wood - but it's part of the charm. You'll see.

So I've used for tools storage - it was never created to be loved and admired... until NOW that is.

I started out with a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint.  Did a bit of fixing and sanding the drawers and then added Paris Grey on the front panels.  I used masking tape to create the grey borders around the top and sides.

The old handles are nice, solid brass.  They are lovely as they are with the patina built up over years, but once I looked at them on the grey and white I realised they needed a coat of Old White too.

I didn't do lots of sanding work to the wood - I wanted to leave it as natural and bashed as possible - naturally shabby this one.  I visited the Graphics Fairy and found the French graphics I wanted to use.
Patience!  for the top.

Grain sack for the sides.

So this is how the drawers look BEFORE I added clear wax. The clear wax seals and protects the chest.  It also brings out more of the character.  The next three pics are after waxing....

The white and grey are take on a more vintage hue.

This is her behind - you never know where she'll end up.  Keep it pretty.

These are the handles after a treatment with the wax too.  Another peacock tail design (like the bentwood chair I did earlier which is here).

I blinged up the inside of the drawers.  They were all given coats of Paris Grey and gold added around the inside of the drawers. (I just can't keep away from that antique gold, sigh...)

What do you think? I love to do French refurb!!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Mirror with Drawers Refurb

A veeeery short story...

a nice little project.

Not much to do - but these kind of mirrors with drawers are lovely when they are all shabbied up.

In fact I did try to change the handles to some brass ones that I washed in the Old White chalk paint I used... then changed my mind and used gold buff on the original handles.  

A little more gold on the tops of the drawers and it's done.  Sweet!!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Two little orphans - part 1

So there I was taking Fifi for a walk and I spot two abandoned tables... Poor wee things!

I had a good think as I stood over them, hmmm were they too far gone?  I went and got my car, threw them in the back and took them home for a wash and scrub up.

Here's orphan table 1 - nice little cabriole legs - but has been well and truly knocked around.

After filling in a few splits in the wood and a bit of sanding I got to work.

A couple of coats of French Linen with some Old White around the edge, some light sanding, finishing with clear wax, ET VOILA!  Cute eh?

When you add wax to chalk paint, the colour soaks up the wax and the colour can darken quite a bit, the combination of the grey and white with the shabby finish looked stunning!

No longer the abandoned street kid.

Quite French and fancy in fact.

Fifi has given her approval too.

 Next - orphan number two...

Saturday, 2 March 2013

One Shabby Plant Stand

I started out wondering what to do with this plant stand - quite basic, couldn't really put on some decal as it should have a nice big plant on top...

Fifi wasn't too sure either.

Anyway - off to work starting with lightening things up, two coats of Old White paint later.  I like the total white-out look.

Then I decided to add some touches of Duck Egg Blue.

And then got at it with the sandpaper!  That's when I really started to see that this could be a really lovely bit of shabby chic!

After adding more clear wax to seal - I am really pleased with it - lovely plant stand!

Bentwood Chair Makeover

I found a bentwood chair that had been painted with a not very nice red coat of varnish...

It just looks... reeeeeaaalllly brown and unattractive.

But I like the peacock design on the seat.

I gave the whole chair a make up job - painted all over in Old White paint, then used acrylic gold on the seat and around the arms, then covered that over with another coat...  After a good bit of distress work and a clear wax, I am really pleased with the finish, fantastic!

Monday, 11 February 2013

The White Painted Dresser...

This lovely dressing table has been painted with Old White chalk paint and is finished off with clear wax.

Here's how she looked before I started the beauty therapy...

What a wreck... 

Scratches, lumps out of the veneer, looked like she's been in a cat fight and just about ready to go in the trash - was what the lady told me when I carted her off home.   A very sad tale indeed!!

But she has some great features, like the mirror.  The patina in the glass is in the right place, around the sides without really interfering in the centre.

I've been working on the handles too - they are really pretty.  One coat of paint and they'll get waxed and buffed up.

So nearly there as far as looks go. But I have quite a lot of finishing.  One of the drawers is really sticky so I have to find the right places to sand it.  The tops of the drawers are finished with a bit of gold 'bling' along the top.

This is the dresser after a couple of coats and before the final 'distressing', sanding and checking all the surfaces to make sure they are finished properly.

After waxing, the dark wood comes through stronger and the chalky white surface is sealed, buffed and has a soft sheen.  The handles are waxed and sealed and polished too.

She's turned into a beauty!