Monday, 5 October 2015

End of Shop Lease - Half Price Sale Week

My shop lease is ending at ChouChou Chateau.
The good news is that you're invited to pop in during this final week and buy furniture at half price - it's our big clearance sale :-)
Autentico Paint is offered at £15 down from £18.95 and waxes are reduced too.

Opening hours 11am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, hope to see you there!


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Romantic Bedroom Suite - painted with white chalk paint

Everyone loves using white chalk paint to get that shabby look.  Here's a 1950s romantic bedroom set I just finished for the shop- - starting with the before pics;


The top of the dressing table and chest of drawers have these lovely flowers carved.


And look at these handles - so cute!!


Here's the chest of drawers in the workshop - two two drawers and two lower.  The glass top has been removed.


And here's the chest of drawers.  This bedroom suite is fantastic quality.  I always check that everything is in perfect working order before purchasing, looking for the BEST quality furniture to sell once refurbished.


So first of all, here's the dressing table, painted all over using white chalk paint and then lightly shabbied up and waxed.  Glass top is now back on.  These dressing tables make lovely office desks too - I can just see my Mac sitting on the top...


Here's the detail of the top and those lovely handles.




Next up is the chest of drawers.

From boring brown to brightening everything up..



Just beautiful... so romantic - and for sale in the shop now.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Paint it white - tall shelving unit

I just found a really unusual shelving unit.  A lot of people drop in asking if I have something like this for their bathroom or hallway.


 This one was originally a light oak with some pretty unappealing handles on those two drawers!


I painted him all over in Autentico's Roman White chalk paint, then shabbied up the paintwork.


The handles have been changed and have an antique finish.


There's some lovely design in this piece, and really is ideal as a small bookshelf or for small bathroom shelving.


Cute eh?  In the shop today :-)


Sunday, 6 September 2015

Classic 1950s French Style Chest of Drawers - Painted Cream

This lovely chest of drawers is just such a classic...


These 1950s and early 60s pieces of furniture are great finds, they're solid wood, beautifully made and will last for decades.


Here's a before pic.  Originally painted in cream with silver handles, I wanted to stay true to the original look, but after 60 or so years of wear and tear, she needed an upgrade!


She's been painted all over with Autentico's Paris White Chalk Paint -  a soft, vanilla ice cream colour.


The design of these handles is gorgeous. I've refurbed in the same colour of cream and then gilded with gold to bring though the design.


I kept things simple - adding gold to the edges of the drawers and lightly on the feet.


Here's some white bookends against the cream... such a pretty colour.


The insides of the drawers have been gilded too, not too much bling, but couldn't resist a bit.



In the shop now and ready for a new home :-)


Saturday, 29 August 2015

1950s French Style Dressing Table Set Painted in Cream

I ran into this wonderful 1950s Dressing Table set recently and was really excited about giving her the revamp treatment.


Here's a quick look at the 'before' pic when she arrived - outside the shop.  This set was originally painted in a cream paint with silver handles.


There's been quite a lot of wear and tear and she just looks grubby - but hey, don't you love that princess mirror?


Close up there's quite a few dings and discolouration's set in, but she's really solid and in great condition otherwise.  I painted her all over in a lovely vanilla cream colour from Autentico called Paris White.


There are three drawers - there's one in the middle too.  When I took this photo I was nearly finished.  One of the GREAT things about these dressing tables is you can often discard the mirror and just create a really wonderful work desk.


After painted and waxing - with clear wax, I went to work with some custom gilding wax I made up in an antique gold.  I kept things simple, just drawing out the curves and little flourishes on the legs...


 ...and enjoyed getting her boots on.


The two drawer handles have been refurbed in the same colours with gilding.


With some polishing, the shine is beginning to come through on the waxed top.


A little bit of gilding added to the mirror struts.


Of course she sold as I was finishing her up - the customer's buying her own choice of fabric and then I'll recover the seat... I'll put the final pic up once that's done.


I just loooooove these kidney-shaped dressing tables!!!


This is where I usually say - in the shop and ready for sale now - but she's been snapped up already.
I hope to have another one in soon though.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page, I often post furniture that can be custom painted.  You pick the colour(s) and finish and I'll deliver.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Painting with White and Turquoise Chalk Paint

These are currently my favourite colours... white and turquoise, here's how I've been using them on antique lamps, a chair and mirrors.




These huge, antique lamps are in the shop now and are just stunning.



I just finished this chair - painting and shabbying works really well on dark wood, I enjoyed bringing through the chair design.  The seat has been recovered in a French linen fabric.




Well who can resist large shabby mirrors?  They brighten up rooms and hallways and look good against any colour, even white on white.