Showing posts with label 1930s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1930s. Show all posts

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!!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Make it Red! Raspberry Painted Cupboard

It's very satisfying to take a old piece of furniture like this and turn it into something so very different. This piece from the 1930s has lovely old Bakelite handles, but sadly one is broken so a total overhaul is needed.


Tralaaaa...  this is just a quick snap taken in the shop but a great transformation.


After a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint, dark wax has been used, it tones down the hot red colour to more of a raspberry, adds aging and - lots of character.


The handles have been changed to the ceramic clock faces.


And gilding's been added across the drawer and cupboard tops.


Light gilding highlights the cabriole feet.  I just love this raspberry colour, it's so uplifting :-)


Friday, 10 October 2014

Oriental Black and Red - Stunning Art Deco Sideboard

Black and red can work really well - it's pretty daring... I just had to do it with this piece of Art Deco.  Look at that fluffy cloud mirror and those amazing feet!


First of all, I stripped off all the hardware (lovely chrome and bakelite handles), removed the mirror and then painted it all over with a couple of coats of red chalk paint.


Wow!  I could have stayed with that red!  I was tempted.  But I had some other ideas so that's when I added black chalk paint.


It's red inside, outside I've painted black over red with a few peeks of red left unpainted.



I've lightly sanded some of the wood to more chinks of red to show through and have used silver wax to bring through that stunning Art Deco waterfall design in the woodwork.


mmmm it's got that oriental Deco feel now.


The black paint has been finished with clear wax.  It softly reflects the light from the mirror and seals and protects the colours.




Here she is finished in the shop.  I need to get some more shots with better lighting - so pop back in a day or so for more photos.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Gold and Cream Dream - Art Deco Sideboard

I saw this sideboard and tested quite a few colours before deciding to paint in cream and gold.


This is the before pic, I was really drawn to those scalloped drawers and cupboard and the soft curve of the cupboards to the sides.  The sideboard is a golden honey coloured wood inside and out and in great condition.


I did two undercoat: firstly a red (Ruby chalk paint) followed by black (Nocturnal) and then painted all over in Neutral 'cream coloured' chalk paint.


When all the coats had dried evenly, I did some very light sanding.  I wanted to bring some colour through the cream - rather than leave as a solid colour as I thought it would be more interesting.


Next stage was layering on the antique gold wax - all across the middle sections, top and a touch to the feet.


The gold softly reflect the light.


Here's a 'lights on' pic...


And a light off...


I'm really pleased with the final outcome, gold under the drawers reflects of the gilding beautifully.


Finally, the handles have been replaced with smaller ceramic and matching gold hardware.


She's lighting up the shop right now...

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Dreamy Angelic Blue Armoire

When I saw the handles on this armoire, I just HAD to have it.


So here she is before any work started - very brown BUT very Art Deco... 


Inside is a treat - hanging rails and corner shelves - with one big storage drawer.  And all in great condition.


The handles are just soooo lovely - they reminded me of angels wings when I saw them - but maybe are more of a waterfall...  very 'renaissance' 1920s.


I started out painting all over with Gers Blu chalk paint.


That gave a totally blue canvas for me to start planning that new look.


The whole piece has had a white wash (Silk chalk paint) then I've added lots of gilding along all the lines.  I still wanted a bit of 'shabby' so very light sanding here and there.


The handles have been given the chalk paint and gold gilding treatment.



Aren't they gorgeous?


Here's the cabinet open so you can see the shelves and hanging space painted in cream with some gold on the shelf edge.  The single drawer underneath stands on chevron design - highlighted with white and gold.


Inside of the drawer is painted the same cream with gold edging around the top and bottom.


This is such a lovely piece of furniture.


Not too tall - at shoulder height, more storage space on top :-)