Friday, 16 May 2014

French Painted Chest of Drawers

I get so excited when I find something FRENCH - here's a lovely small chest of drawers I picked up and just refurbished with chalk paint.


And here's the before - it's quite a recent reproduction but lots of lovely features.


I'd hoped to paint it and re-wax and polish the top but there were too many dings for that...  next time...


I painted it all over in Autentico's Paris White and added a little bit of Lime to the chalk paint, then went to work with some soft sand papering to give it a bit of shabby chic.


Then used lots of clear and dark soft wax to work into the chalk paint and bring out the design and 'antique' the finish...


Oh I just love those cute little legs!


The finished result is just what I was hoping for - and I added some Antique Gold gilding to the handles to finish.


Looking all antiqued up and very Louis!


 Here she is in the shop now.


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Rivington 1950s Pop-Out Cocktail Cabinet

This is a great little cocktail bar...


Made by Rivington in the 1950s - this label's on the back.


It has lots of wonderful features, the chrome citrus press and little cocktail sticks are still intact.


I've painted it all over in just one colour - Autentico's Antique Turquoise and given the inside, bottom shelving some Nocturnal (black) coats.


This is such a fun piece - the bar pops out when you open the box at the top. - the gold glass inside is full of fabulous 1950s design.  The original lighting is still there, I'll be looking into getting it rewired but currently selling as it is.


I just love the shape and design of this and it's in such fantastic condition.


The whole bar has been given a coat of protective wax varnish to finish... martini time :-)


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cherry Blossom Armoire - Art Deco Refurb

Well I just love the way this has turned out!

This is the second piece of an Art Deco set I picked up.  The dressing table is finished in simple black and gold and has a stunning mirror  here.   Cue a quick peek at the before pic...


Armoires are just great for storage - with shelves in the top and this one has three drawers.


I painted this all over with Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and then got to work on the gold branches of the cherry trees...


adorned them with blossom in Autentico's Roman White, Antique Rose and Purple Rain.


Two of the Art Deco handles were replaced on the cupboard as they were too badly broken.  The black and gold new handles work really well though.  All the hardware on the cupboard's been given the bling treatment.


There's been a generous amount of gold gilding around this piece, picking out the doors and feet.


Inside the drawers and cupboard are painted a warm golden butterscotch to match the tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) of the handles and to offset the gold. 



Kind of looks like a kimono with the doors open :-)





I really love the cherry blossom look and have some ideas for doing some more in this line.





Thursday, 8 May 2014

Art Deco Dressing Table - Painted Black & Gold

I had a few people look at this Art Deco set before any work was done - and chat about buying - but there were no takers.  A great piece of design but I think she's ready for brand new, more glamorous life now.

So here she is all dressed up in black and gold - looking faaaabULOUS!



Here's a reminder of the before.  Nice shape but frankly, a bit past it.  The walnut veneer wasn't in the best condition, a bit of sun damage and a few age spots. (That armoire lurking in the background is up next by the way)


I chose Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and gave her a few coats all over. Here's the during stage - a total chalky blackout.


The handles were removed and given a bit of a refurb too.  They are the most delicious tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) and chrome.


The insides of the drawers are painted in a rich golden colour too.


Oooh la la :-)




I finished off with Antique Gold gilding - not too much bling - just enough to lift the whole design.  I wanted the shape and colour of the handles to be part of the new look - their beauty was lost in the walnut veneer, now they have a chance to really shine.



Lastly everything's been sealed with a wax varnish - it has a soft shine.  I tell you, I can't stop admiring her!! A really very striking treasure.










She's in the shop and ready for a new home now :-)






Snippet on "Lusty" Lloyd Loom

I just thought I'd drop this in - I've had some original Lloyd Loom chairs at the shop... how times change, could you imagine calling a line of chairs "Lusty" these days?


I recovered the seat with the French Macaroon fabric I love so much - but left the original colour and gold spray. It's going to a teenager's room so it's now destined to be recovered in skulls... probably re-sprayed black.. I hope I see a pic of it finished!!!


This gold chair isn't Lusty or Lloyd Loom, but cute eh?


Monday, 5 May 2014

Dressing Table and Wardrobe Duo

I've just finished working on a couple of pieces for a customer.  The beautiful dressing table was painted all over some time ago in a white emulsion.  So I needed to get rid of all the bad paint, drips, tannin stains and flaking before giving it a new look.


The request was for Roman White and Foggy Venice chalk paint - everyone loves the combination of those colours.


The single door wardrobe looms over the dressing table and needed to have a matching paint job so the two pieces could go together into the guest room.


The hardware was changed for something a little prettier and the key and keyhole and hinges were given the gold leaf treatment.


Once finished, both pieces were given a wax varnish to protect the surfaces.


Although the wardrobe is quite plain, it's got enough white to uplift a room and not overwhelm the dressing table.


They look like a cute couple now!


I accentuated some of the design that had been lost in the emulsion white-out by dry brushing.


Part of the tops and the drawers were painted in the grey to bring out the shapes and give more definition to the pattern.


Really difficult to get the two pieces together in the shop - I'll update as soon as I can move things around... and hopefully get a pic in their new home later in the month.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Mid Century Chest Of Drawers - with laugh handles

Yup, I really do love these colours together on a piece of 1960s furniture.  A trio of Autentico Chalk Paints; Antique Turquoise, Nearly Black and Milk.


What I didn't do was take a before pic - but these drawers were in great condition, just a few marks to the top and side.


Those cute little handles look like they're laughing - sooo happy!


Just a really nice little set finished with a wax varnish to protect.