Saturday, 31 January 2015

Furniture Transfers and Saturday Afternoon Workshops

Workshops are now running on a Saturday afternoon instead of Sundays.  When you sign up at the shop or online here you can bring along a small piece of furniture like a bedside cabinet or drawers from a larger piece.

Last week in a small workshop (I only take up to 3 people at a time) we focussed on transfers.


Here, Mary's painting a tray with Autentico's Violet Grey chalk paint (hairdryer for speedy drying process in the shop).


We looked at a number of transfer methods - Mary chose some French typography for black and white photocopy transfer.


Everything was sealed and waxed...


And ready to go home for a new use - no longer a children's games tray, now a drinks tray in the lounge :-)

Friday, 23 January 2015

French Country Chest of Drawers- Duck Egg Blue Paint

Painting pine furniture with Duck Egg Blue paint and shabbying it up to give it that country feel is a real pleasure!


Here's the before pic:


This is a sturdy little chest of drawers, the handles have been changed at some point and it's pretty scuffed up - but not in a good way!


I painted all over (including the back) using Autentico's Troubled Waters - which is that veeeery French  yummy grey blue colour.  Then gave it some violent distressing with sandpaper and waxed to finish.


There's always more :-)  I replaced the old handles with one of my favourite ceramic 'bee design' drawer pulls.  I also painted the inside of the drawers in Violet Grey and finished with a little bit of gilding around the drawer tops.


I want to keep this French Country style, the legs are so pretty.


All the surfaces have been given a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.


Tres jolie :-)

Monday, 12 January 2015

2014: My Top Ten Before and After Painted Furniture Makeovers

There were so many exciting projects last year - I forgot many until I stared looking at my top 10 favourites, but here they are, chosen for design, colour or just because I had lots of fun designing these:

1. 1960s display cabinet - so very unusual, I called her the Queen of Hearts.



2. Two tone mid-century chest of drawers.



3.  Ah yes, the Strawberry Cupcake 1950s dressing table... so cute



4.  The Art Deco armoire, now being used in a lounge in the West End as a drinks cabinet. 



5. 1980s small chests of drawers painted with the ever popular Duck Egg and gold leaf, now beautifying a bedroom.



6.  I've done quite a few brown sideboards, this was a favourite, gilded up and painted blue inside...



7. What about this lovely hall cupboard?  Painted a bright apple green inside, while grey on the outside and finished with a white wax for a limed look.




8. I've done so many of these fabulous dressing tables.  Love putting those silver boots on the feet and brightening up the insides with a splash of colour.




9. Another desk - this one very gothic and using black wax to bring through the design.



10. Finally a cream and gold sideboard. just a classy piece of furniture.





Monday, 5 January 2015

She's a Knock Out - Purple Painted Antique Sideboard

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Thank you - my lovely customers and blog friends - I have so much gratitude for you.  You made 2014 a wonderful and memorable year for us at ChouChou Chateau, thank you again for your friendship and support!  

To be honest, things were really quiet over Christmas and into New Year, mostly due the dreaded 'flu bomb' - but that's waaaay in the past now, so here we go... kicking off on the 12th Day of Christmas with this POWERFUL statement piece... A Purple and Gold Sideboard.


I know you want to see the before pics - a really great find - an oak Victorian sideboard with ornate carving.  But looking very heavy and frankly GHASTLY in that old brown.


So here's what I did...


Most of the handles are flimsy brass replacements, so the hardware's all removed and she's been given coats of Autentico's Amethyst chalk paint - a lovely rich purple..  The design on these doors is so pretty!


The paint work has been lightly 'shabbied' up with sandpaper.  Then dark wax and clear wax have been used to bring through the depth of the design and when everything's been given time to fully dry, deep gold gilding has been added.


I love the relief work on these doors.  All the handles have been replaced with sturdy ceramic pumpkins with the same gold coloured finishing.


Gilding has been added inside the doors and drawers.


Here's a pic to finish with some camera flash - she's a knock out :-)