Showing posts with label tallboy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tallboy. Show all posts

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sunshine Yellow Tallboy Chest of Drawers

I'm still in my RAINBOW COLOUR theme - here's some golden, sunshine yellow... a painted tallboy chest of drawers.



But first of all, here's the before and work photo - a nice piece of 1950s solid wood furniture.


I painted him all over using a pollen yellow coloured chalk paint from Autentico, it's called 'Sunshine'.  A very pretty golden yellow.  Here's the 'after' once finished.  What a difference!!


If you want to try painting your own furniture, once you've added paint and got the coverage you need, you can lightly sand away the paint to reveal the wood beneath and get some 'shabby chic' going.  It's what I did with this piece.  The chalk paint dries to a chalky finish.


For the next stage, when the painting's finished, add black wax with clear wax and build up a bit of character.


Silver gilding adds to the Regency look - typically golden yellows, black and silver.


The silver gilding has been carried through to the handles and drawer tops too.


Such a happy piece of furniture and n the shop now :-)
Join one of our workshops if you'd like to learn more about using chalk paint and waxes to brighten up your world.







Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring Collection in Blues and Golds

What's been going on at the shop?  I've been really bad at posting this month, but there has been A LOT of painting in Duck Egg Blue and Gold.  Spring's well underway, the sun's been shining... and we've been busy with customers who want to BRIGHTEN everything up!  Here's some pics for you and a 'before and after' story.


This tallboy chest of drawers might look on it's last legs BUT with a bit of blue and gold treatment...  lovely handles and detail :-)...



Can easily be turned into a really interesting piece of furniture.  I've used Autentico's chalk paint - Troubled Waters for the overall colour.  Then added a mix of clear and gold metallic waxes to finish.  The handles have been worked on so the floral blossom design is now seen.


Chalk paint sticks to any surface, so if you've got great handles - don't change them!



The blue wardrobe has lots of gilding added - it's a lovely 1930s design, inside there's a hanging rail and shelves.


As the sun's out, skies are blue and the cherry blossom is blooming, here's some quick pics from the park.


I hope this year will be a good year for the bees...




The Grey Wagtail's out too... this one must be a female if I've identified her properly...


The RSPB has a great site for identifying birds - you can link through here
It took me a while to identify this fella - known as a Dipper.  When you find the bird you're looking for, there's lots of info including an audio link to hear their song :-)


Have a great weeeeeeek!!!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Cosmic Silver - Vintage Tallboy Chest of Drawers Refurb

I just love bringing in the bling, but I really didn't plan this - it just kind of happened!


I picked up this lovely tallboy chest of drawers - the simple design and chunky brass handles caught my eye.  Very brown, boring washed up otherwise though.  Here's the before... see what I mean?


I stripped off the hardware and painted him all over with a 'Paris grey' chalk paint which is called Foggy Venice in Autentico's Vintage range. I was thinking about using a white chalk paint to contrast the drawers or introduce faux panels.


But my eyes kept being drawn to the silver powder I've bought to mix with my finishing waxes. So I took a very bold step in another direction and mixed up a batch of silver and started layering over the grey.


Until I reached the silver depths of bling I was thinking of.


Ring-a-ding bling...


There's some delicate design across the top of this dresser - to me it says 'WOW-WOW-WOW'.


I thought about all the different things I could do with the handles and decided to go with silver gilding.


Then painted the insides of the drawers in Autentico's Antique Turquoise chalk paint.  Finally, the drawer tops are finished in a silver gilding.  The brown's been banished.


Here he is in the shop.  Wow, cosmic baby!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Toy Boy

This week's project is a Tall Boy that matches the dressing table I finished last week.  I was talking about this to the girls at work and had an unfortunate slip up calling it my Toy Boy... A few hours of smutty jokes about the size of his drawers, how long it was going to take to wax him and his stubby little legs later I am pretty stuck on Toy Boy now...


After two coats of cream chalk paint, a rub down and waxing.

Here's how he looks before I start any work.


He's definitely seen better days.  The veneer is a bit knocked and scratched in places.


But I'll work all this into my shabby look to add to the finished look. Next step is to take all the handles off and get ready for the first coat.



And here he is after one coat of a cream chalk paint.  I'm using a fine sandpaper to shabby up the paintwork.  Like the dressing table I painted gold onto the tops of the drawers for a bit of bling.



Finally, here's the new boy - looks good!