Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink and Grey - Inspirational Desk

Open the drawer, take out your laptop, pull down the desk et voila!  What a fabulous workstation. How could you NOT be inspired?

I got so excited about refurbing this bureau that I'd already started colour testing before any pics... here's a quick look at part of the before - inside...

So you get the picture?  It's a lovely old bureau, very solid old walnut, but it's had it.  BORING!!  It needed a new lease of life and that's where I arrive armed with pink and grey :-)

And, hello beautiful! Just a lovely old piece of furniture.  The grey paint which has been added all over the outside - it's called Foggy Venice from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range.

I went crazy for those little tootsies and just had to add antique gold gilding to those platform slippers!

The shell at the centre adds style - although I've finished the grey chalk paint with a clear wax - I've added some dark wax to bring out all the detail to the carving at the bottom of this piece.

I took all the hardware off for the refurb and then put it all back on again - cutest brass handles.

The chalk paint can be put straight on to the original leather pad, it's been refurbed too and the insides have been sealed with a dead matt varnish.

Swanky or what?  This wonderful magenta pink colour is called Heliotrope.  I think it's VERY ChouChou.

The original key locks the bureau top - and she just sits there looking all prim and proper (ah, bonjour Fifi).

Such a nice surprise to find that colour.  That final, internal drawer is painted gold inside.  Oh it just wants to be taken home!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Kylie's Party!

It's been an amazing 11 days of Games activity here in Glasgow.  The shop is at Kelvinhall next to Kelvingrove Park so there's been days where, out of the blue, a sudden roar of applause and crowd excitement was heard.  Makes your hair stand on end!

Sunday 3rd August was the last day and the only day I had free to see some of the sport and very fortunately had a ticket for the Closing Ceremony :-)  The Men's Cycling was on so I went to the park to watch and cheer.

There we really heavy downpours of rain - steam was rising from the paths... it was full of excitement.

I have no idea how any of the cyclists without glasses could navigate through this!

In the evening I went off to the Closing Ceremony, all the way there, the Clyde Side Helpers cheered everyone on and kept spirits soaring.  One was shouting for us to come on to Glasgow's Biggest party "Kylie's coming" he yelled, we all cheered some more!

In the eleven days there were 261 events, 824 medals awarded, nine world records set...

The athletes were out meeting fans...

Then we got down to the celebrations and handover...

On came Lulu... followed by Glasgow 80s band Deacon Blue

We had more cheering and huge thanks for all the incredible work of all the Glasgow Services...

How many millions of selfies???

 Then there was lots of thanks and summing up of the best games ever and the official handover to Australia's Gold Coast who'll be hosting in 2018 - you lucky things ...AND THEN CAME KYLIE!!!

She's amazing!!!

What a wonderful Closing Ceremony - it was magic.

Finishing up with fireworks and Auld Lang Syne - EVERYONE joined in, it was just incredible.

What a party indeed!
Pure Dead Brilliant :-)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Painted Chest of Drawers - Duck Egg Blue and Gold

I love it when I get the chance to source and create a piece of furniture for a client.  This very large and solid pine chest of drawers that has been customised to match two bedside cabinets.

Here's the two cabinets that were bought previously, you can see their before and after story here.

And here's the grand old Victorian chest of drawers in the workshop before any work is started.

The original handles would have been the round 'button' style made of wood but have been changed along the way.  Three of the handles are a beautiful and original brass Arts and Crafts design.

So all the handles have been taken off and the wood is starting to get cleaned and sanded to remove old lumps of varnish, fill in holes and make the surface ready for painting.

I've used the same chalk paint - duck egg blue - or in Autentico's range it's called Troubled Waters.

The chest and drawers have been painted all over. lightly sanded for a slightly shabby look and finished in clear wax.  Then wooden handles have been gilded in gold to match the bedside cabinets.

After waxing, gold wax is added to bring a shimmer to the surface of the paint.

Gold wax is on the insides of the drawers too.

I love the finished look - luckily my client does too!