Showing posts with label 1900s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1900s. Show all posts

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.

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 :-)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Grey Painted Edwardian Dresser - with frosting

This lovely Edwardian dresser has the most beautiful handles, but could do with an overhaul I reckon!


Here she is all in brown before outfit - the surfaces are a bit scratched up but what a lovely mirror!


And here's Cinders after being given an all over treatment.  I went for a very simple solution using Autentico's Foggy Venice grey chalk paint and then used white chalk wax all over to get that frosted finish.


The insides of the two small drawers at the top are painted in a strong pink - called Heliotrope.


The chalk wax brings a really lovely limed finish - it reminds me of a light sprinkling of cake frosting or if you need a cool look winter's frost.


The mirror looks wonderful against a dark wall and the grey brings through the curvy design.


Here's a close up of the drawer handles and locks - the white wax does a great job. Very Arts and Crafts!


And adding brush strokes in the chalk paint means the surfaces can be more interesting.


 She's just waiting for a good home now...


 Looks good with whites - this warm grey is almost silver with the white finish.  Beautiful :-)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Painted Arts & Crafts Dresser and Wardrobe - white chalk paint

I was really excited when a customer asked me to paint their dresser and wardrobe in Roman White (an antique white) chalk paint.  Then I saw the pics - and these pieces are the most beautiful Arts and Crafts design.


The Glasgow Arts and Crafts movement occurred in the late 1880s, there's a bit of background info here. Some of the furniture from this period was painted white, so this was a great opportunity to see a before and after.  Here's the dressing table after it's been painted white...


Oh, apologies for the photo - heavy rain outside...  I've taken some picks of the design for a bit of style worship :-)


These brass handles are just divine!


The mirror and wardrobe 'roofs' match with these decorative little gable ends.


There's just so much work across all the surfaces.


Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a famous architect and designer who springs to mind when I think of white painted furniture.  He combined soft curves and floral accents into his designs.


I managed to get a pic of the wardrobe outside.  One large drawer at the bottom, and check those feet...


The floral design's taken into the leaded glass panels.


All the surfaces have been painted using Autentico's Roman White Chalk paint and waxes.  You can still see the grain in the oak.  A really lovely finish.  Client's happy, I'm happy, yay!!!




Thursday, 25 September 2014

White Chalk Paint - Get the Original Shabby-Chic Look

Leaves are falling gold and red... it feels like Autumn now.  As the days become less sunny, it's fun to grab the white chalk paint, find a special piece of furniture, paint it all over and then shabby it up...  Here's some pieces I've been working on the last couple of weeks.


Firstly, this small French chest of drawers.  What a gem, it's got everything girlie going on.  I've used Autentico's Roman White Chalk Paint and finished everything with clear wax to seal and protect.



I sometimes see standard lamps around, and jumped on this one when I saw it - I wanted to paint all that candy-twist detail.



So many of my customers come in asking about painting all their 1980s pine furniture.  Can I paint it?  YES YOU CAN!!   It was an orange pine bookcase, now available in white.


This 1980s lamp is like a chess piece, I haven't done any sanding, I just love the design.



And I often paint candlesticks, the white and chrome is so fresh...



What about a Plant Stand?  Well OK, you don't need to use it as a plant stand, in the bedroom, put your prized handbag or shoes on show :-)


Finally, I've painted a Rocking-Horse... keeping it simple!  I should put a luscious plant on her back...


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Lemon Meringue - The Edwardian Painted Dresser

I've just finished this lovely little dresser for a customer...


It's quite a good story - it was dropped off in the usual brown state (here's a 'before' pic).  The oval mirror has been removed in this shot, but you can see, it's a traditional shape with little wheels on the legs.  the handles are a beautiful design.  The wood's not in great condition - a few cracks from age - but that makes it perfect for shabby-chic work.


The request was to paint her all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's the colour of clotted cream and is slightly lemon when waxed.  I was asked to 'shabby' up the paint with some sanding and then seal with white chalk wax. 


I wondered if it would work... I painted the wax on top of the chalk paint and then buffed up with a lint-free cloth.


The handles weren't removed as the screws on the front were very old, so the option was taken to have them painted and then lightly sanded to bring out the leafy design.


The white wax sits on top of the lemon paint like a meringue frosting.  It's been a hit with other customers, so more soon in this combo.


Meanwhile on a completely different subject, this week in Glasgow, we've had Comic Con at the SECC!  It's been a treat to see so many people dressed up and out on the street.  Here's a couple of my favourite pics...


I hope it went really well for everyone, it's been lots of fun seeing you :-)