Showing posts with label white chalk wax. Show all posts
Showing posts with label white chalk wax. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bedside Cabinets Painted Grey - with White Chalk Wax

I'm on constant look out for bedside cabinets!  I came across these two recently and have refurbed them  quickly and easily.


Here's a 'before' pic.



These aren't particularly old pieces of furniture and the previous owner had a bash at painting one of the cabinets, then obviously gave up after a few brush strokes.  Chalk paint and the waxes really are easy to use - here's the story...


I removed the hardware and then used Autentico's Foggy Venice paint - which is a popular 'Paris' grey colour, to paint all over.  The brass handles were painted too - then gilded with some silver wax.


Once dry, the cabinets receive a generous coating of creamy clear wax and then the white chalk wax is brushed on.  It picks out the texture of the paint and I've made sure it highlights corners to give that 'limed' finish.


The tops of the cabinets show the white wax effect very well.  Just use more clear wax to remove any unwanted white and to achieve show-through of the grey paint.


Only replace the handles after all the waxing is finished and dry.


Easy and fun to do - don't give up on your old furniture :-)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Very Vanilla - White Chalk Wax Armoire

I can't believe it's 12th March already!  Spring is here, the light is changing and everything is beginning to look bright again :-)  So time to DITCH the old brown look!


This lovely Armoire wardrobe is typical of 1950s design.  Great quality if you can find it, this one by local manufacturer, Beithcraft.


Armoires can turn into brilliant storage space for a children's room.


Two drawers below, then inside shelves and a hanging space - perfect!


I removed all the hardware and painted this one all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's a yummy, rich vanilla white.


Once dry a white chalk wax was added all over to give a subtle 'limed' French finish.  The drawer and cupboard edges have gold gilding.


The hardware's been changed to uplifting gold and crystal.


And the feet have been given a makeover too - just some wee gold slippers.


The vanilla and white wax look is so refreshing.


In the shop now... meanwhile out in the park, sun's shining, I had to take some snaps for you!


I've hardly been out with my camera at all this year - it's been very dark and rainy.


But now the sun's out, the skies are very bright blue.


Loving the gilded thistle on this lamp :-)


Bring out the bling Glasgow!!



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Paris Grey painted chest of drawers

Actually, this is not JUST a chest of drawers story.  I've just finished refurbing a chest of drawers and a customer asked me to do the same finish on a chair and some small tables.


Here's the chest of drawers in the incarnation before... well made, but looking really quite dated from the 1980s.


 Oh my goodness, don't things looks so different in the sun?


I've painted everything all over in Foggy Venice chalk paint - which is a light 'Paris' grey.  That includes the handles, then I sealed and finished everything with white chalk wax.  The 'limed' finish has been a real favourite this year.


I gave this brown chair the same treatment...


Completely different design of legs - but the white chalk wax looks so great on any carved work.


There were some old brown tables that got the same finish - they're all going out of the workshop straight into a newly decorated room... would be nice to see them all at home together :-)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Grey Painted Edwardian Dresser - with frosting

This lovely Edwardian dresser has the most beautiful handles, but could do with an overhaul I reckon!


Here she is all in brown before outfit - the surfaces are a bit scratched up but what a lovely mirror!


And here's Cinders after being given an all over treatment.  I went for a very simple solution using Autentico's Foggy Venice grey chalk paint and then used white chalk wax all over to get that frosted finish.


The insides of the two small drawers at the top are painted in a strong pink - called Heliotrope.


The chalk wax brings a really lovely limed finish - it reminds me of a light sprinkling of cake frosting or if you need a cool look winter's frost.


The mirror looks wonderful against a dark wall and the grey brings through the curvy design.


Here's a close up of the drawer handles and locks - the white wax does a great job. Very Arts and Crafts!


And adding brush strokes in the chalk paint means the surfaces can be more interesting.


 She's just waiting for a good home now...


 Looks good with whites - this warm grey is almost silver with the white finish.  Beautiful :-)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Busy with Commissions - Banishing Brown!

Commission work has been busy of late - which is fantastic!  Interestingly there's a run on the French cream-coloured paint with a white limed finish.  Here's some examples;


Well - OK, they're all reeeeeally brown, but this French wardrobe was stunning to begin with.



Just look at the flow of this gorgeous design - I should have showed you inside (which was painted in Foggy Venice grey) - four shelves and a hanging rail's been added.  These pieces are all being commissioned for a little girl's room.


Phew!  What a job - I didn't have time to show you the other pieces, they were wrapped and shipped before I could grab the camera.  Everything's been painted with Paris White chalk paint from Autentico and then finished with white chalk wax.  Which do you prefer, before or after?


There's always things to do, the handles were being changed so there's filling and re-drilling...


This Welsh Dresser is solid oak - I was painting upside down here in case you can't work it out :-)


Such a beautiful piece - I love to use coloured waxes to bring through the design.


This is the dresser when it was at home before any work...


This is the after - the insides of the cupboard were painted in a light grey contrast (Autentico's Foggy Venice)



I've been refurbing handles too - the originals on the drawer were replaced at some point.


aren't the originals with an 'acorn' design pretty?  They've been painted in the same chalk paint and then sealed and buffed with gold gilding wax.


This is another wardrobe - was so very plain looking when it was brown, once painted and waxed you wouldn't recognise it as the original piece.


Taking a quick break from the creams and onto whites - another bedroom, completely refurbed in white and silver.


Everything was painted with Autentico's Foggy Venice grey, then the drawer fronts on the tallboy and bedside cabinets were picked out in Roman White.  Finished with Silver Wax over the grey.  The handles have been refurbed with silver gilding wax too.


A few items have been painted in shabby chic white.  So many people ask, can I get this painted, just white and very shabby?  Yes you can!!!