Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bedside Cabinets Painted Grey - with White Chalk Wax

I'm on constant look out for bedside cabinets!  I came across these two recently and have refurbed them  quickly and easily.


Here's a 'before' pic.



These aren't particularly old pieces of furniture and the previous owner had a bash at painting one of the cabinets, then obviously gave up after a few brush strokes.  Chalk paint and the waxes really are easy to use - here's the story...


I removed the hardware and then used Autentico's Foggy Venice paint - which is a popular 'Paris' grey colour, to paint all over.  The brass handles were painted too - then gilded with some silver wax.


Once dry, the cabinets receive a generous coating of creamy clear wax and then the white chalk wax is brushed on.  It picks out the texture of the paint and I've made sure it highlights corners to give that 'limed' finish.


The tops of the cabinets show the white wax effect very well.  Just use more clear wax to remove any unwanted white and to achieve show-through of the grey paint.


Only replace the handles after all the waxing is finished and dry.


Easy and fun to do - don't give up on your old furniture :-)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring Collection in Blues and Golds

What's been going on at the shop?  I've been really bad at posting this month, but there has been A LOT of painting in Duck Egg Blue and Gold.  Spring's well underway, the sun's been shining... and we've been busy with customers who want to BRIGHTEN everything up!  Here's some pics for you and a 'before and after' story.


This tallboy chest of drawers might look on it's last legs BUT with a bit of blue and gold treatment...  lovely handles and detail :-)...



Can easily be turned into a really interesting piece of furniture.  I've used Autentico's chalk paint - Troubled Waters for the overall colour.  Then added a mix of clear and gold metallic waxes to finish.  The handles have been worked on so the floral blossom design is now seen.


Chalk paint sticks to any surface, so if you've got great handles - don't change them!



The blue wardrobe has lots of gilding added - it's a lovely 1930s design, inside there's a hanging rail and shelves.


As the sun's out, skies are blue and the cherry blossom is blooming, here's some quick pics from the park.


I hope this year will be a good year for the bees...




The Grey Wagtail's out too... this one must be a female if I've identified her properly...


The RSPB has a great site for identifying birds - you can link through here
It took me a while to identify this fella - known as a Dipper.  When you find the bird you're looking for, there's lots of info including an audio link to hear their song :-)


Have a great weeeeeeek!!!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter! Shop Closed for Holiday

Happy Easter to you!  The shop will be OPEN on Saturday 4th April - then CLOSED for a week's holiday.
We'll open again on Tuesday 14 April.