Saturday, 29 March 2014

Strawberry Frosted Cupcake - 1950s Pink Dressing Table

I love this Dressing Table set!  I picked up this old and original piece at the point it was totally ready for a make-over.  I always start with the reveal, so here she is at the shop:



Here's the before when she arrived at the shop - the mirrors are off the back but the original organza is still in place.  Looking a bit sad!  The wood is a faded yellow - so this probably would have been glorious in gold, 56 years ago.


What's really nice about this piece (apart from the shape and the fact I have the original stool too) is the wood - which has a pretty soft grain to it.


Here's the original date stamp from inside the frame and shows her birthday, 10th September 1958 - a Virgo!


I painted her all over in Autentico's Antique Rose.


And then waxed all over with the White Chalk Wax to create a frosted finish - you'll see the frosting in the grain.


The mirror is a beautiful scalloped shape.



The handles have been changed to add the bling.


And the seat is recovered too - I love to visit Laduree for macaroons when in Paris, so this is my yummy salute to them!  My strawberry frosted cupcake :-)
 www.laduree.com/fr  




 What a beauty!









Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Up-cycled Bedside Cabinets

Everyone is saying up-cycled, I prefer refurbished... Anyway - here's a really nice couple of bedside cabinets I put in the shop today - starting with the reveal, standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder :-)


And here's the before...


These are 1950s and have got some really nice features.


Made by Wrighton, nice and sturdy.


The best feature inside - pull the front down and that's where you have you leisurely cup of tea and toast as you read your papers or hot chocolate and bedtime novel.


I painted them with Autentico's Roman White and Foggy Venice outside and Antique Rose inside.  Clear wax to finish and seal.  The mats have been replaced with PVC fabric.  Oh, I'm in the mood for springtime in Paris!


The insides of the drawers are painted pink too with a bit of silver bling across the top.


Lovely crystal pulls to catch the light.


They look really smart!  Definitely one of my favourites :-)



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Not just furniture

Here's a quick pic of some of the other items in the shop for sale at the moment, we have a vintage stock that's constantly being added to.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Chalk Painted Mirrors

I've just got a couple of mirrors into the shop - one is original Art Deco, the other is an italian sunburst and both are painted with Foggy Venice -  a lovely soft grey and finished in that lovely French style.





Saturday, 15 March 2014

Like a warm summer day - blue painted dressing table

Wow!!  This colour is a knock out, it's called Crete Blue but I think it has a Scandinavian edge to it - like a summery blue sky.  I'm going to add quite a few pics, it's a beautiful piece and the colour is so vibrant.


This Edwardian dressing table has such a cute character with little shelves, a jewelry drawer and some pretty carved features.  Here she is dressed in brown...


It's a shame - those features get so lost as plain wood.  Someone's written December 18th 1914 on the underside of the top drawer... what a sad time in history.



I do love the shape of the supports to the mirror


the carving at the side of the small drawer 


and the detail at the bottom of the dressing table


They are all so pretty!


And in case you hadn't already noticed, I added some gold bling to the drawers and along various lines for some highlighting.  Not much outside the drawers, just a kiss of antique gold.


The handles are changed to black and gold ceramic 'pumpkins'.


The gold, black and blue adds a lovely richness.


I can't stop admiring this piece, brings a smile... I'm going to re-arrange everything and put her in the window :-)



Friday, 14 March 2014

Five Shades of Grey - Chest of Drawers Retro Refurb

OK, I know as a title it's now a bit of a cliche, but couldn't resist!  I picked up this really neat little chest of drawers recently.



These pieces of 1960s teak furniture are great to work with.  I just love those spikey little legs.  Here's how she looked before the refurb.


She's in great condition - a shame one of the daisy designed handles was missing as they could have been given a new life here.


I took two paint colours - Roman White and Nearly Black and colour mixed until I got the shades I wanted and then sealed everything with a couple of coats of clear wax.


This piece could be dressed up to be very dramatic and would look great in any room.


The new handles have been painted and blend in beautifully without interrupting the impact of five shades.





Monday, 10 March 2014

Coffee Table Stack

I have a number of coffee tables in the shop at the moment... all very different!


Here's a stack of three - chalk paint is so versatile, you can create a number of finishes.  There's a red and gold table, the top's been finished and 'aged' with dark wax, a duck egg blue table finished in white wax and a grey and white French-Style claw and ball foot table.


Here's an example of how the colour of chalk paint changes when you add a wax - the dark was is great for bringing out definition to carved pieces and 'ages' the colour.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Beginners Workshops - using chalk paint

Phew, busy week!  We had a beginners workshop at the shop last night.  We were looking at the basics of Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint, colours pigment, layering and various drying times.  We also had a go at dry brushing techniques over different paints and raised surfaces and saw how the different coloured waxes can be used to create different finishes.



Great night ladies!!

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Bergere Chairs - painted with Autentico Chalk Paint

I picked up some VERY old carved and woven Bergere chairs last week.  Here's a peek before any painting took place.  I have no idea what the wood is, maybe mahogany...


Four of the chairs are in good condition.  One needs some work and one is done in... I think someone must have picked it up by the legs, thrown it at the wall and then tried to glue it together again.  Well that Humpty Dumpty is too far gone - so I'll use it in the ChouChou painting classes.


The chairs are wonderfully carved all over, there are two different central images.  One's male and one female.  The seats are woven reed and pegged into place - and in great condition.


So to date, I've dry-brushed one with Autentico's Foggy Venice - I know, I know, there's 130 colours in Autentico's palette and I keep defaulting to that grey lately.  But  in my defence, it's such a soft grey, it looks wonderful against dark wood.


Here's how it looks when the chair's been softly dry-brushed all over.  I've been careful to ensure all the carving is highlighted.


The carved portrait is stunning now. All the paintwork has been sealed and protected with a clear wax.


Lovely legs :-)


I'm thinking of painting each one a different colour - any suggestions?  I think light colours; plummy, blues, yellows????



I looooove the before and after.

Here's another chair which has been dry-brushed in Autentico's Crete Blue.