Sunday, 15 September 2013

Emperor's Silk (Chest of) Drawers

I really had no idea how this would turn out.  but I'm really glad I went for it... a very RED experiment using Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint.


So this little chest caught my eye because of the detail around the top and of course those very interesting brass handles!


The chest is put together from a veneer outer and solid oak drawers - that makes me think someone's married up two other pieces of furniture.


No cracks or breaks - so nothing much to sand or fill in other than some holes on the drawers.


I set out thinking I'd revert to a nice soft Paris Grey for this piece, then it was like something took over and before I knew what was happening I'd done two coats with the brightest colour I have - Emperor's Silk!!


I spent quite a lot of time with dark wax and that took the colour right back to a lovely rich burgundy red.


The dark wax has gone into some of the grain and really defines the detail.


I put gold around the insides of the drawers.


It adds to the richness.  I toyed with the idea of changing the handles - and may still do that but meantime I do like the look, slightly over the top :-)





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, 18 August 2013

Graphite Lamp Table with Arles Chalk Paint

I am now officially mad - about Graphite Chalk Paint.


I picked up a rather plain, solid wood table this week and had been thinking about whether to paint it one colour and just enjoy the pedestal shape in the plain or try a bit of two-tone.


I just feel inspired by my walks.  This tree... there's something really feminine about it don't you think? Two-tone black and white?  No?


Anyway, this is the table in it's original incarnation.


And this... this is Arles Chalk Paint... yummy golden colour like honeycomb.


So I got to work giving the table one coat of Arles.


And then covered again with a coat of Graphite Chalk Paint.  It was really satisfying - the the way the black paint just connected with the undercoat.


This is how things looked when the Graphite dried - like a blackboard - a dull charcoal colour.


But once the clear wax was applied and buffed up - what a difference!


Yup, I love that two tone effect - straight out of my walks by the river.


After the rain - with no colour enhancement - amazing.


Anyway, back to the table - the two tones of gold and black are just made for each other.



I have to say, it really does work well.


That beautiful dark graphite colour is now a firm favourite of mine - I have a dressing table on stand by for my next project...


Have a great week :-)









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!