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

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

1950s Dressing Table with White Chalk Wax

The Lemon Meringue Dresser got lots of attention and one of my clients asked me to do the same finish on a 1950s dressing table for her after she saw it on my Facebook Page here.

This lovely walnut lady was originally made by Beithcraft Furniture.  Beautifully manufactured, here's the before pic;

There's a single mirror attached that has a simple shell design, however this isn't part of my client's bedroom design - there'll be a separate mirror hung on the wall at the dressing table instead.

After all the hardware was removed, the whole piece was painted with a creamy coloured chalk paint called 'Neutral'.  It's a similar colour to Paris White chalk paint, but less 'lemon'.

Then covered in White Chalk Wax to create a French limed look.

I love the flow of the serpentine side drawers...

Unusually, the top has a step to the lower drawer.  Such a cute little shell design. Time to put the solid brass hardware back on.

Once buffed up, a small amount of gold wax has been applied to highlight some of the curves on the back, legs and the shell drawer.  The drawers are so perfect after more than 60 years of use.

I've added some gold bling across the drawer tops - you can see it when they're opened.

She's gone to her new home tonight :-)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Lemon Meringue - The Edwardian Painted Dresser

I've just finished this lovely little dresser for a customer...

It's quite a good story - it was dropped off in the usual brown state (here's a 'before' pic).  The oval mirror has been removed in this shot, but you can see, it's a traditional shape with little wheels on the legs.  the handles are a beautiful design.  The wood's not in great condition - a few cracks from age - but that makes it perfect for shabby-chic work.

The request was to paint her all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's the colour of clotted cream and is slightly lemon when waxed.  I was asked to 'shabby' up the paint with some sanding and then seal with white chalk wax. 

I wondered if it would work... I painted the wax on top of the chalk paint and then buffed up with a lint-free cloth.

The handles weren't removed as the screws on the front were very old, so the option was taken to have them painted and then lightly sanded to bring out the leafy design.

The white wax sits on top of the lemon paint like a meringue frosting.  It's been a hit with other customers, so more soon in this combo.

Meanwhile on a completely different subject, this week in Glasgow, we've had Comic Con at the SECC!  It's been a treat to see so many people dressed up and out on the street.  Here's a couple of my favourite pics...

I hope it went really well for everyone, it's been lots of fun seeing you :-)

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 :-)  

 What a beauty!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Painted Pine Table - Coastal Colours

I pick up a lot of pine furniture - this little table is a peach!

Here's how she started out...

She's an old pine table - opposed to a new 'yellow' pine.  There's no varnish and if you look carefully, you can see the legs are all finished differently, so hand turned - crafted one at a time.

I decided to keep it light and started with a thin coat of duck egg blue all  - Autentico call this chalk paint Troubled Waters.  No trouble here though!

The colour has taken nicely giving some show through to the original pine and has been waxed with a clear wax.

The top had a the same, single coat and was then waxed with White Chalk Wax - I gave it three coats to make sure it's got lots of protection.

Et voila!!  Lovely little table in coastal colours.

Can you see my 'No Paparazzi' doormat?  They're selling like hot cakes :-)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Mirror refurb - Paris White Chalk Paint and White Wax

Just a quick story today, I painted a triple mirror in a creamy coloured chalk paint by Autentico called 'Paris White'.  I didn't take a before pic because it was just plain pine - but should have - as the results were really great!

I used clear wax all over and then rubbed a second coat of white wax over, the ice cream colour with white looks lovely on this piece.  Shame it was getting late on and losing light.

Here's a close up of the wood buffed up - you can see the white wax looking like a wash.

I repainted this table today as well, it was grey (a bit boring actually) and now it's Gers Blu - again the pic has been taken late on when the light's fading, but it looks so sweet with that little lamp.

Another thing that happened today is someone was admiring some of the vintage finds and said, I love you stuff but really don't like that monkey...

How can you not like Monkey?  I looooooove my little Monkey!!!!! :-)