Showing posts with label shabby chic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shabby chic. Show all posts

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Big Blue - Stag Head Chest of Drawers

This big chest of drawers is a solid mahogany and just seemed kind of sad - so I cheered him up with a really bright makeover.


Off came those small round handles and on went the bright Antique Turquoise chalk paint...


After all the paint and shabbying up is finished, I've added lots of clear wax to protect the surfaces and added a bit of shine to the top with some elbow-grease!


These solid iron stag-head drawer pulls look amazing on such a solid piece.


There's some gilded highlights on the drawers now, lets just say he's really getting in touch with his feminine side - causing quite a stir at the shop :-)

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

Friday, 11 April 2014

Queen Anne Dressing Table and Stool Refurb

I'm always looking out for these dressing tables and this is one of the best I've seen.  Painted with Autentico Roman White and Foggy Venice and finished with clear wax.  Simple but really effective shabby chic dressing table.


Here's a couple of looks at her majesty as was before.  Queen Anne repro was very popular in the 1950s and this piece would have been a pretty expensive purchase.  I bet the rest of the set was amazing too.


A walnut veneer with a few bumps and scratches - some fading from being near a window.


Lovely mirror set in perfect condition.


I went for the light shabby chic look - not too much distressing, just some wear around the edges to bring out the flow.


The handles have been replaced with silver crystal pulls.



Love the shape of the front with all those curves.


The glass top is virtually free of any marks.



Sitting pretty in the window.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Strawberry Frosted Cupcake - 1950s Pink Dressing Table

I love this Dressing Table set!  I picked up this old and original piece at the point it was totally ready for a make-over.  I always start with the reveal, so here she is at the shop:



Here's the before when she arrived at the shop - the mirrors are off the back but the original organza is still in place.  Looking a bit sad!  The wood is a faded yellow - so this probably would have been glorious in gold, 56 years ago.


What's really nice about this piece (apart from the shape and the fact I have the original stool too) is the wood - which has a pretty soft grain to it.


Here's the original date stamp from inside the frame and shows her birthday, 10th September 1958 - a Virgo!


I painted her all over in Autentico's Antique Rose.


And then waxed all over with the White Chalk Wax to create a frosted finish - you'll see the frosting in the grain.


The mirror is a beautiful scalloped shape.



The handles have been changed to add the bling.


And the seat is recovered too - I love to visit Laduree for macaroons when in Paris, so this is my yummy salute to them!  My strawberry frosted cupcake :-)
 www.laduree.com/fr  




 What a beauty!









Saturday, 15 March 2014

Like a warm summer day - blue painted dressing table

Wow!!  This colour is a knock out, it's called Crete Blue but I think it has a Scandinavian edge to it - like a summery blue sky.  I'm going to add quite a few pics, it's a beautiful piece and the colour is so vibrant.


This Edwardian dressing table has such a cute character with little shelves, a jewelry drawer and some pretty carved features.  Here she is dressed in brown...


It's a shame - those features get so lost as plain wood.  Someone's written December 18th 1914 on the underside of the top drawer... what a sad time in history.



I do love the shape of the supports to the mirror


the carving at the side of the small drawer 


and the detail at the bottom of the dressing table


They are all so pretty!


And in case you hadn't already noticed, I added some gold bling to the drawers and along various lines for some highlighting.  Not much outside the drawers, just a kiss of antique gold.


The handles are changed to black and gold ceramic 'pumpkins'.


The gold, black and blue adds a lovely richness.


I can't stop admiring this piece, brings a smile... I'm going to re-arrange everything and put her in the window :-)



Sunday, 22 December 2013

Chest of Drawers and Mirror in Duck Egg Blue

I picked up this chest of drawers and separately an old brown mantle mirror, but painted in the same colour they come together for a great look.


I did think long and hard about what colour to go with - pretty tempted by pink to tell you the truth!  But opted for a duck egg blue in the end.


The chest of drawers needed a bit of filling and sanding before I started to get the bumps and knocks out.  The handles are solid brass, but I decided to go for a complete refurb and will replace them.


So here's the first look after a couple of coats of paint.  There's hardly any sunlight at this time of year but the colour is quite good in the pic.  Shame I forgot to take a 'before' shot of the mirror.


After buffing up all over with clear wax, I added crystal pull handles.


Very pretty...


That mirror is really heavy by the way!


The mirror will hang separately on the wall above the dresser.


Looking very shabby chic!!