Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Blue Skies = painting furniture outside

Its just so special when the sun comes out in Glasgow - everything is so green!  I've been working outside.

I've been shabbying, waxing..

Love this cute claw and ball foot table.

Taking walks along the river to work...

I keep seeing a Kingfisher darting around...

...but haven't had a chance to snap it properly yet...  but this could well be Mr Kingfisher with the yellow chest, we'll see...

Glasgow Uni looking very majestic and ready for the Commonwealth Games.

Wild flowers and bees everywhere, so pretty!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Black, Gold and Blue - Chest of Drawers Refurb

Happy July!!  It's been hectic this week, as I've been working on a lot of commissions and am still trying to finish a dressing table... poor thing.  Meantime, here's a refurb I've just finished working on.

I do love my black and gold combi, but more about that later - here's the chest of drawers as I was starting work:

A really nice solid oak two over two set.  The front has a serpentine curve and the original handles have been replaced sometime along the way.  I took off the top two handles and was involved in a paint check before I realised I hadn't taken the before pic!!!

Something that's really interesting about the drawers is that they have little wooden wheels on the back. They run really smoothly, cool eh?

So after some filling in of unwanted drawer holes and a few dings to the top, I painted all over with Autentico chalk paint in the Nocturnal black colour.  Chalk paint is really matt when it dries, you have to be careful or it will pick up every little scuff and absorb anything.

There's some nice detail on the drawers, so it's been accentuated with an antique gold gilding that matches the gold on the handles - which have now been replaced and repositioned.

Gilding has been brushed over a few surfaces to draw out the design - it's quite subtle.

Loved gilding those chunky little feet though!

Everything's sealed with a wax varnish and the top has been given a few layers of gold wax to get a deep shine.

Inside the drawers are painted Gers Blu - a lovely contrast and bright surprise when you pull those ceramic pumpkin handles.

Quite a strong, masculine piece in the end...

Sold already and gone from the shop - good job I have photos!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Summer White and Greys - Dressing Tables

I have a number of white dressers and am currently using grey, silver and white chalk paints and waxes on dressing tables.

This shabby chic dresser has been painted all over in coats of Roman White chalk paint.  The handles are changed to crystal - so they create a lovely rainbow when the sun shines :-)

The insides are painted in Violet Grey with sliver gilding finishing off the drawer tops.

And I'm sooo happy the lovely weather is back again... I can't believe I managed to catch this crane taking off from the Kelvin River with my iphone this week!  

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Meet the Neighbours - Cushion & Cake Vintage Tea Room

I have some fabulous neighbours - Cushion and Cake offer high teas to die for and are a few doors along at 35 Old Dumbarton Road.  This week as part of the West End Festival, they had a sold-out Vintage Tea Dance.

Beautifully done....

Fabulous real lemonade, tea, delicious sarnies, cake, meringues and cream scones... mmmmmm...

We had our make up done and then got our dance training.

Too many people hit the floor to foxtrot so we got into swing.

What a brilliant afternoon.

The lovely Pam did everything to perfection.

I wish I'd taken a pic of the full hall learning the moves to Saturday Night Fever - classic :-)

Cushion and Cake on Facebook here

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Mother of all Lamps - Alabaster and Bronze

I've called this the Mother of all Lamps.  For obvious reasons...

She's huge and made of solid brass and pure white alabaster - weighs a ton and is taking over the shop.

What a fabulous vintage find...

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!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Vintage Find - 1950s Newspaper - World Cup in Brazil

Well you just never know what you might find when you're refurbishing furniture... I'm still hoping to uncover a stash of hidden diamonds or a few thousand pounds of savings.  Meantime I'm happy with this vintage find.  Part of a Scottish Newspaper from 17 May 1950, found yesterday, lining the bottom of a chest of drawers.

In June 1950 the World Cup was won by Uruguay - the first competition since WW2. Uruguay are due to play England today :-D  Current news coverage is that since Brazilian officials confiscated Uruguay's caramel spread, they've been playing really badly... 

Also top news!  Queen Mary's birthday... and on the menu for lunch; strawberry ice pudding - in the shape of a crown no less - and petit fours (naturalment).  The article says at 83 yrs of age, she's the oldest Queen Britain has ever know.  Our current Queen Elizabeth was 88 this year...

And finally, if you weren't dashing off to Rio or invited for crown shaped ice pudding with Queen Mary, you could just chill with a glass of Old Brown Sherry, sounds inviting - but we'll be having Prosecco at the workshop tonight...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Duck Egg Blue and Gold - Cabinet Transformations

I've been working on two cabinets - here's the REVEAL of how one of them looks in the shop window.

Here's the BEFORE pic.

Originally a dark wood and Indonesian looking.  All the hardware's been removed, it had the 'rusty' look - very 1980s.

I chose Autentico's 'Troubled Waters' chalk paint for this one, which is a 'duck egg blue' colour.  I gave a few coats all over - this is the colour when dried and before any waxing - quite a lot lighter.

This is cabinet 2 after waxing with clear wax and some gold wax.  The Duck Egg colour has darkened and the gold glints from the surface.  Both cabinets are exactly the same colour - it goes to show the difference it makes when I can get into full daylight with the camera!

The gold wax has been rubbed into the clear wax before it dried and the replacement handles have been gilded with the same Antique Gold.

I also did some light sanding before waxing to bring through the dark wood.

I love this colour combination - it has the WOW factor :-)