Thursday, 12 March 2015

Very Vanilla - White Chalk Wax Armoire

I can't believe it's 12th March already!  Spring is here, the light is changing and everything is beginning to look bright again :-)  So time to DITCH the old brown look!


This lovely Armoire wardrobe is typical of 1950s design.  Great quality if you can find it, this one by local manufacturer, Beithcraft.


Armoires can turn into brilliant storage space for a children's room.


Two drawers below, then inside shelves and a hanging space - perfect!


I removed all the hardware and painted this one all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's a yummy, rich vanilla white.


Once dry a white chalk wax was added all over to give a subtle 'limed' French finish.  The drawer and cupboard edges have gold gilding.


The hardware's been changed to uplifting gold and crystal.


And the feet have been given a makeover too - just some wee gold slippers.


The vanilla and white wax look is so refreshing.


In the shop now... meanwhile out in the park, sun's shining, I had to take some snaps for you!


I've hardly been out with my camera at all this year - it's been very dark and rainy.


But now the sun's out, the skies are very bright blue.


Loving the gilded thistle on this lamp :-)


Bring out the bling Glasgow!!



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Make it Red! Raspberry Painted Cupboard

It's very satisfying to take a old piece of furniture like this and turn it into something so very different. This piece from the 1930s has lovely old Bakelite handles, but sadly one is broken so a total overhaul is needed.


Tralaaaa...  this is just a quick snap taken in the shop but a great transformation.


After a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint, dark wax has been used, it tones down the hot red colour to more of a raspberry, adds aging and - lots of character.


The handles have been changed to the ceramic clock faces.


And gilding's been added across the drawer and cupboard tops.


Light gilding highlights the cabriole feet.  I just love this raspberry colour, it's so uplifting :-)


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Glorious Gilded Armoire - Duck Egg Blue and Gold

Well, I had to go full out glam with this piece of furniture.  A lovely armoire, very well made but looking dated and frankly, dull, dull, dull.


It's a heavy, solid piece of furniture, looking stuck in the 1980's - the way it's been put together and the original wood work is great though - there's lots of potential!



I wanted to go full on FRENCHIFIED with this one.  J'adore the French Country Cottage look and one of the best ways to get this is with a 'duck egg blue' chalk paint.. So I painted both inside and out in Autentico's Vintage chalk paint in this colour which is called Troubled Waters.



After a few layers to get the right finish, all the detail's been picked out with gold gilding.



Inside, the drawers have been given a gold wax finish.



With just a bit of gold lining across the top...


And the handles have had a bit of work added too.





Et voila!!  ready for your petit West End ch√Ęteau :-)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Demi Lune Shabby Chic Display Cabinet

There are lots of pretty display cabinets around that look fabulous when they're refurbished.


This 'half-moon' cabinet has an Oriental design but is originally made by a London based company.  I was really looking forward to giving this the French Shabby look!


Here's the before pic.  There's three glass shelves inside.  The raised design on the outside would have been so vibrant when it was new, but now it's full of scratches and watermarks and ready for a new look.


She's been painted inside with a soft grey - Foggy Venice chalk paint.  Then outside creamy Paris Grey chalk paint and given a rough sanding to get the shabby look.  Clear wax seals and protects the paint and adds a soft shine.


I was originally thinking about adding lots of gilding to this cabinet, but once painted the flow of the design was enough.  Just a bit of bling on the insides of the doors.


And the tootsies...


One of the special things about this cabinet is the key... gives a very satisfying click to lock, great piece of design too.


Here she is getting ready to go to her new home outside the shop.  The shelves are out, I'll have to get a pic when she's settled in.


The doors open outwards to give full access to the display case inside, what a beauty!


Here's a quick pic taken from my apartment last night - another Lune shot, this one taken over the rooftops to show a Dark Moon, with Venus and Mars above.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Old Wooden Bureau Painted Grey and Blue

If you find one of these old writing desks, they really do look great after a refurb!


You know the before look - dull, brown, scratched up and dated...


When you open the top of the bureau, if everything's in place and the drawers and desk top work smoothly, then it's a great find.


I gave this bureau a few coats of Autentico's Foggy Venice chalk paint which is a light grey colour and painted the inside in another chalk paint called Antique Turquoise - these two colours are really popular at the moment.


I took the handles off and refurbed them.  You'd never know these solid brass handles had such a lovely design hidden away.


The grey paint has been finished with a black wax.  These coloured waxes are used to bring out some of the texture of the wood and then sealed and finished with a clear wax.


Using black wax on this grey gives it a 'strong and steely' finish - and it firms up the lines in this elegant design.


These compact desks folded away and sit quietly in the corner, but should give some BLING when they're open.  There's lots of space to store the laptop and this blue and gold design inside is uplifting.


All the drawers are painted blue inside too - with a bit of gilding across the top.


The feet have little gold boots added... I do like adding booties to Queen Anne legs :-)


She's in the shop now - and looking for a new home.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Steampunk Red and Black Painted Cabinet

If you've lived in Glasgow a few years, you'll remember Backstreet Pine at Kelvinbridge... I know this piece was originally bought there about 20 years ago and I'm sure I'm going to get more.


This is a really big TV unit - cupboard at the top 2 x drawers at the bottom and made of solid pine.  My customer told me she was sick of the orange pine messing up her lovely lounge design, so time for a change!


I painted all over - inside and out in Autentico's Passion Red chalk paint.  The inside is then coated with Autentico's sealer so that it can be used without the very dry chalk paint rubbing onto anything.


Then I used a couple of coats of Nocturnal and went aerobic with hand sanding to break through the black into the red underneath.


This was a commission and my customer was really keen for for this to look good and shabby. It's looking pretty Steampunk!


The heavy black iron handles have been left and give it bit of an industrial macho finish.


The outside's been given a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  You can still see the grain of the wood... feels great when you run your hand over the surface.


Iove it, my customer loves it - all's right in the world of ChouChou this week :-)


Even the sunset outside the shop was stunning tonight.


I really enjoyed working on this and look forward to seeing it back at it's home.