Monday, 6 July 2015

Book a Summer Workshop

Summer workshops are in full swing - here's a quick peek at some of the lovely transformations we've seen recently:




Inspired? Bring along an old piece of furniture... we do a lot of pine!


Saturday workshops can be booked at the shop or online here
https://v1.bookwhen.com/chouchouchateau
Costs £35 per session and runs for 3 hrs, from 2pm to 5pm.
Call the shop on 0141 339 2767 (CLOSED Sundays and Mondays)







If you'd like to book a day other than Saturday or would like to discuss a special project, just phone or pop into the shop :-)


You'll find us in the West End of Glasgow at 27 Old Dumbarton Road, Finnieston, G3 8RD.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Boring Old Pine Bedside Cabinets - given a chalk paint makeover

I recently acquired these two pine bedside cabinets and just finished transforming them with chalk paint AND new handles - this is the 'before' look...


A bit dated?  On the positive side, these are really good, solid pine units with some nice detail to the pedestal.  I think the handles are a bit masculine though, I'll save them for some Steampunk!


Here's the after.... would you have recognised them?


They've been painted all over using two Autentico chalk paints:  Foggy Venice and Roman White.
After painting, the edges have been lightly sanded to give a subtle 'shabby chic' finish, then clear wax has been brushed all over to seal and protect.


The handles have been changed to silver and white ceramic buttons.


Looking very fresh for your petit French boudoir now.


Finished and in the shop, looking for a new home :-)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sunshine Yellow Tallboy Chest of Drawers

I'm still in my RAINBOW COLOUR theme - here's some golden, sunshine yellow... a painted tallboy chest of drawers.



But first of all, here's the before and work photo - a nice piece of 1950s solid wood furniture.


I painted him all over using a pollen yellow coloured chalk paint from Autentico, it's called 'Sunshine'.  A very pretty golden yellow.  Here's the 'after' once finished.  What a difference!!


If you want to try painting your own furniture, once you've added paint and got the coverage you need, you can lightly sand away the paint to reveal the wood beneath and get some 'shabby chic' going.  It's what I did with this piece.  The chalk paint dries to a chalky finish.


For the next stage, when the painting's finished, add black wax with clear wax and build up a bit of character.


Silver gilding adds to the Regency look - typically golden yellows, black and silver.


The silver gilding has been carried through to the handles and drawer tops too.


Such a happy piece of furniture and n the shop now :-)
Join one of our workshops if you'd like to learn more about using chalk paint and waxes to brighten up your world.







Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Carved Chinese Chest in Red Chalk Paint

I really do like to paint furniture and give it an Oriental look.  This fantastic blanket-box sized chest I picked up is a favourite.


Here's the 'before' look... all that lovely carved work seems lost in brown.


I set out by giving a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint.  This is how it looks then


It dries to a very matt and fairly bright red.


Then black and clear waxes have been used to work through the designs and WOW, what a transformation!


I gilded the lock on the front with some old gold.


And here's a look at some of the carving - on every side of this gorgeous chest and so much detail.




Handles are carved into the sides and on the front of the lid.




Already causing quite a stir - it's in the shop now and ready for a new home :-)


Friday, 12 June 2015

Dressing Table Painted Antique Turquoise

Hello!!  I'm just back from a WONDERFUL week off - I want to blog about that soon and share some lovely pics.  The shop's open again Saturday 13 June and here's a story for the week.


I try to pick these lovely Queen Anne dressing tables up when I see them.


This one was in excellent condition, with three suuuuper mirrors.


I decided to use a dark oak stain on the wooden top and seal with a clear varnish...


 ...and then concentrate of painting the lower half.


I used Antique Turquoise chalk paint and then added clear and dark wax to 'antique' the colour a little.


Before shabbying up.


I polished up the handles this time, leaving some natural patina and added some gilding to the tops of the drawers to match the colour of the brass handles.


And added boots for those curvy calves.


Looking goooooood and in the shop now :-)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

CLOSED for one week's holiday

Hi Folks, the shop is CLOSED
Saturday 6 June to Friday 12 June - while I'm away for a week's holiday
Shop OPENS again on Saturday 13 June


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Cocktail Cabinet with Oak Leaves and Greyhounds

You may pass by these types of display cabinets without a second glance, but many of them have lots of special character.  Here's one I just refurbed for my home.


This Demi-Lune style cabinet is in near perfect condition and has the cutest oak leaf design on the front panels.


Pretty much lost in brown eh?  I wanted to turn it into a colourful drinks cabinet.   So I painted it with Bright Green chalk paint inside.


Then Roman White chalk paint outside.


Gilding was added and the external surfaces shabbied up with some light sanding.



I added a set of Greyhound dogs inside - l like the idea of oak leaves and greyhounds, almost a Coat of Arms.  Or if you like Game of Thrones Sigils?


House Baratheon could go down a treat!


 Oh and I never forget the feet, I like to see them dressed up in little booties.


And now happy at home :-)