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

Sunday, 13 October 2013

For Marie-Anne - Chalk Paint Refurb

This weekend I'm spending time over in Paisley with Marie-Anne and Justin - I'm refurbing an old chest of drawers that currently lives in the entrance hall - starting with the "Reveal"



The hallway has an oval white mirror and I'm matching up with Old White Chalk Paint.


So here she is in brown... just look at those lovely knobbly knees!!  Marie-Anne wanted to keep the original handles and as they are more or less fused on with tiny old screws, I'll have to keep them on during the refurb.


This piece of furniture has been in Marie-Anne's family for a very long time.  it has some fantastic features - beading around the drawers and lovely detail on the top.  But it's had its fair share of knocks over the years.


Part of the beading was missing on the right side of the dresser top and used 'half moon' beads to balance things.


I got to work while Fifi and Marie-Anne cuddled up on a sofa :-)


...now down to some sanding.


And an all-over coat of clear wax to seal.  So I left the original handles on, gave them a shabby white coat and sealed with wax too.


See at the top of the dressing table on the right - you'd never know the beading had been fixed would you?


The insides of the drawers are painted in Emperor's Silk - that lovely rich red.
Finished with a bit of Antique Gold on the drawer tops.


Looks fantastic!!


This is now one of my favourite pieces - the hallway looks lovely  :-)



Sunday, 6 October 2013

Paint it White Weekend

What a lovely weekend!!  Autumn has arrived, the trees are half green, half gold and red.  Beautiful.  And I've decided to have a weekend of painting things white.


 Starting with this small chest I found hiding under a typewriter in a charity shop.


Very nice looking piece of reproduction, made by the very catchily named manufacturer: Reprodux Bevan Funnel Ltd.  RBF it is then.



I'm guessing this would be used as a sewing box? 


Well anyhoo, I think it's great!!  I got to work painting it's innards first - I went for a soft pink.


Then I started with the Old White - and ended up sanding everything back to a shabby look.  When I started out I just thought solid white... but nooo.


I really like the mix.


I waxed all over with clear wax to seal, and waxed the lid in a dark wax.


Isn't she cute? RBF Refurb.


Next we have the Bentwood Chair job.  I've already shabbied up one bentwood chair, and was keen to try another design.


First of all then, two coats of Old White Chalk Paint...


And then the sanding...


Brilliant - love the stripy seat.

Oh, and I harvested my lavender today - made me think of Texas and the Prairie Chic look that I love.


Aaah, blue hydrangea on a shabby chair.


After painting a couple of mirrors and a ceramic wall shelf... I definitely need some walkies with Fifi.


I spotted a magpie - look at those beautiful tail feathers!!


The roses are giving their final blooms - the colours are just incredible, so fresh.


...and the mix of green and golds against the sun was just stunning... deep breath...


Fifi loves to snuffle in the leaves :-)


There was hardly a breeze, I hope there's more of these lovely days to look forward to.


Have a fabulous week y'all !!!



Sunday, 8 September 2013

1940s Dressing Table - Graphite and Emperor Red

Here's this week's story of a 1940's dressing table I've re-furbed.



First thing I thought when I saw it for sale was I really liked that lovely 1940s shape.

Remind me to take the pictures - I'd unscrewed the mirror posts so I didn't do the full "before" picture.  Anyway - here she is, love those big box drawers and cabriole leggies.


 I bought this Emperor Silk red Chalk Paint and just think that Japanese look of black with red flashings...

Meanwhile, I spotted the local Heron while I was out on my river walk this weekend.  Kind of gets into this week's japanese theme.  Not a crane - but nor bad for a river safari.



So first of all, I'm painting the insides of the drawers in that lovely rich red... it's got a kind of blue to it rather than the orange red.


Next I painted graphite all over, waxed and finished with gold handles.




Here's the first glimpse of the drawers opening - I put gold around the tops.



I think it works really well...


Here's some more pics from the river to finish off :-)









Sunday, 11 August 2013

G-Plan Dressing Table - Paint it White!

This is a commission for a friend of mine whose teenage daughter wants her dressing table white shabby chic.


I do like the original G-Plan style.


Dark brown teak wood, simple mirrors - the legs are different!  All very 1970s. We discussed using colour but white was the order!



I'm working at their house for this job.


I gave the whole unit a coat of Old White Chalk Paint.  The 1970s box shape of the legs was really clear.


I painted the insides of the drawers in a favourite colour of mine - a soft lavender colour.  I left a light dusting of white chalk paint on the top of the drawer as an undercoat for some extra colour later.


I felt that due to the unusual wooden handles and curved shapes, the shabby sanding should be quite strong in places.  This is how she looked before waxing - I worked the handles to define the top lip.



Stopped to play with the kittens every so often :-)


I used an amethyst finish on the inside of the drawers.


Looks good and adds a bit of the bling I'm so fond of...


 I used  a couple of coats of wax and buff on the top of the dresser - you know it's going to have makeup all over it any time now and will need protecting.


 Kind of difficult to get 'the final finished' photo in the bedroom - but good to see how it will fit with that whole teenage look.  You can see how much the colour has come through from the wood once waxed.


 So here it is - one shabby white teenage dressing table!