Showing posts with label 1940s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1940s. Show all posts

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Big Blue - Stag Head Chest of Drawers

This big chest of drawers is a solid mahogany and just seemed kind of sad - so I cheered him up with a really bright makeover.


Off came those small round handles and on went the bright Antique Turquoise chalk paint...


After all the paint and shabbying up is finished, I've added lots of clear wax to protect the surfaces and added a bit of shine to the top with some elbow-grease!


These solid iron stag-head drawer pulls look amazing on such a solid piece.


There's some gilded highlights on the drawers now, lets just say he's really getting in touch with his feminine side - causing quite a stir at the shop :-)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Cocktail Cabinet with Oak Leaves and Greyhounds

You may pass by these types of display cabinets without a second glance, but many of them have lots of special character.  Here's one I just refurbed for my home.


This Demi-Lune style cabinet is in near perfect condition and has the cutest oak leaf design on the front panels.


Pretty much lost in brown eh?  I wanted to turn it into a colourful drinks cabinet.   So I painted it with Bright Green chalk paint inside.


Then Roman White chalk paint outside.


Gilding was added and the external surfaces shabbied up with some light sanding.



I added a set of Greyhound dogs inside - l like the idea of oak leaves and greyhounds, almost a Coat of Arms.  Or if you like Game of Thrones Sigils?


House Baratheon could go down a treat!


 Oh and I never forget the feet, I like to see them dressed up in little booties.


And now happy at home :-)


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Gorgeous Green - Painted Chest of Drawers

I knew as soon as I saw this chest of drawers that he needed a really gooood, strong look...


I liked his curved sides and those cute Queen Anne legs, so after lots of pondering, I settled on greens and golds.


Here's a finished pic in the shop - and here's what I did:-


I removed all the hardware and painted bright green chalk paint, all over.


Two coats later, it was time to start waxing.  I used a clear wax and then started to add dark brown.  The dark brown wax is like boot polish.  You work it into the paint to get the 'aged look'.  It darkens down the bright green to this lovely, fresh grass colour.


The dark wax has worked into the paint and adds texture.  I've added gilding to the feet and areas around the drawers.  Then buffed up the wax to get the shine I was looking for.


The wax top looks really rich and gives a soft reflection.


I chose black and antique gold ceramic handles and put some gilding onto the drawer tops to finish.


I just love this piece now.


I think I'm going to have to start going through rainbow colours for May - I'm INSPIRED!!!


He's in the shop now and looking for a new home :-)


I can imagine this unique piece of furniture in the hall with a statement lamp... perfect...


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Old Wooden Bureau Painted Grey and Blue

If you find one of these old writing desks, they really do look great after a refurb!


You know the before look - dull, brown, scratched up and dated...


When you open the top of the bureau, if everything's in place and the drawers and desk top work smoothly, then it's a great find.


I gave this bureau a few coats of Autentico's Foggy Venice chalk paint which is a light grey colour and painted the inside in another chalk paint called Antique Turquoise - these two colours are really popular at the moment.


I took the handles off and refurbed them.  You'd never know these solid brass handles had such a lovely design hidden away.


The grey paint has been finished with a black wax.  These coloured waxes are used to bring out some of the texture of the wood and then sealed and finished with a clear wax.


Using black wax on this grey gives it a 'strong and steely' finish - and it firms up the lines in this elegant design.


These compact desks folded away and sit quietly in the corner, but should give some BLING when they're open.  There's lots of space to store the laptop and this blue and gold design inside is uplifting.


All the drawers are painted blue inside too - with a bit of gilding across the top.


The feet have little gold boots added... I do like adding booties to Queen Anne legs :-)


She's in the shop now - and looking for a new home.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Bedside Cabinet painted Duck Egg and Gold

This is a cute bedside cabinet from the 40s that's been given a new look.


Here's the before...


Lots of old brown - but I love the design on the drawer and those little curved feet are hidden away.


After cleaning and a bit of sanding to remove broken varnish, I painted all over with Autentico's Troubled Waters chalk paint - which is a Duck Egg Blue.  Then used clear wax and gold wax to highlight all the features.  Now the design is emphasised, it looks soooo different.  Very cute!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Green and Gold - painted chest of drawers with mirror

Here's a commission I was working on last week.  My customer has an Art Deco black and green bathroom and wanted to have an old chest of drawers and mirror painted to match the colour scheme.


This is the 'before. pic.... all very brown and plain.  It's been sitting in the hall outside the bathroom, so the idea is that the colours and brightness are mirrored and lighten up the hallway.  The mirror is Edwardian while the chest of drawers with a small cupboard is 1940s.


This customer didn't want anything too fancy, just a bit of gilding on the handles and mirror so that everything matches in.  I custom-mixed some of the green chalk paint colours: Antique Turquoise, Troubled Waters and Lemon/Lime to get the right colour.


Just a bit of gold wax to finish - the rest of the painted surfaces have had a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and finish.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink and Grey - Inspirational Desk

Open the drawer, take out your laptop, pull down the desk et voila!  What a fabulous workstation. How could you NOT be inspired?


I got so excited about refurbing this bureau that I'd already started colour testing before any pics... here's a quick look at part of the before - inside...


So you get the picture?  It's a lovely old bureau, very solid old walnut, but it's had it.  BORING!!  It needed a new lease of life and that's where I arrive armed with pink and grey :-)


And, hello beautiful! Just a lovely old piece of furniture.  The grey paint which has been added all over the outside - it's called Foggy Venice from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range.


I went crazy for those little tootsies and just had to add antique gold gilding to those platform slippers!


The shell at the centre adds style - although I've finished the grey chalk paint with a clear wax - I've added some dark wax to bring out all the detail to the carving at the bottom of this piece.


I took all the hardware off for the refurb and then put it all back on again - cutest brass handles.


The chalk paint can be put straight on to the original leather pad, it's been refurbed too and the insides have been sealed with a dead matt varnish.


Swanky or what?  This wonderful magenta pink colour is called Heliotrope.  I think it's VERY ChouChou.


The original key locks the bureau top - and she just sits there looking all prim and proper (ah, bonjour Fifi).


Such a nice surprise to find that colour.  That final, internal drawer is painted gold inside.  Oh it just wants to be taken home!