Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Romantic Bedroom Suite - painted with white chalk paint

Everyone loves using white chalk paint to get that shabby look.  Here's a 1950s romantic bedroom set I just finished for the shop- - starting with the before pics;


The top of the dressing table and chest of drawers have these lovely flowers carved.


And look at these handles - so cute!!


Here's the chest of drawers in the workshop - two two drawers and two lower.  The glass top has been removed.


And here's the chest of drawers.  This bedroom suite is fantastic quality.  I always check that everything is in perfect working order before purchasing, looking for the BEST quality furniture to sell once refurbished.


So first of all, here's the dressing table, painted all over using white chalk paint and then lightly shabbied up and waxed.  Glass top is now back on.  These dressing tables make lovely office desks too - I can just see my Mac sitting on the top...


Here's the detail of the top and those lovely handles.




Next up is the chest of drawers.

From boring brown to brightening everything up..



Just beautiful... so romantic - and for sale in the shop now.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

1950s French Style Dressing Table Set Painted in Cream

I ran into this wonderful 1950s Dressing Table set recently and was really excited about giving her the revamp treatment.


Here's a quick look at the 'before' pic when she arrived - outside the shop.  This set was originally painted in a cream paint with silver handles.


There's been quite a lot of wear and tear and she just looks grubby - but hey, don't you love that princess mirror?


Close up there's quite a few dings and discolouration's set in, but she's really solid and in great condition otherwise.  I painted her all over in a lovely vanilla cream colour from Autentico called Paris White.


There are three drawers - there's one in the middle too.  When I took this photo I was nearly finished.  One of the GREAT things about these dressing tables is you can often discard the mirror and just create a really wonderful work desk.


After painted and waxing - with clear wax, I went to work with some custom gilding wax I made up in an antique gold.  I kept things simple, just drawing out the curves and little flourishes on the legs...


 ...and enjoyed getting her boots on.


The two drawer handles have been refurbed in the same colours with gilding.


With some polishing, the shine is beginning to come through on the waxed top.


A little bit of gilding added to the mirror struts.


Of course she sold as I was finishing her up - the customer's buying her own choice of fabric and then I'll recover the seat... I'll put the final pic up once that's done.


I just loooooove these kidney-shaped dressing tables!!!


This is where I usually say - in the shop and ready for sale now - but she's been snapped up already.
I hope to have another one in soon though.  Keep an eye on my Facebook page, I often post furniture that can be custom painted.  You pick the colour(s) and finish and I'll deliver.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Big Red - French Painted Cocktail Cabinet

Oh my! How rare to find such a WONDERFUL cocktail cabinet!


I've called her The Big Red - if you think she looks good on the outside, wait till you see her faaaaabulous insides.  But first here's the previous very brown look... alright in her day I suppose.  Very 1960's.


But check out those legs! I spent some time painting her all over in a really strong, red, chalk paint.



Then fully sealed with clear and dark waxes before having some fun with the gilding.


When the doors open, you'll find the shelving and the original red cocktail sticks.


Martini sweetie?


Inside there are mirrors with two glass shelves and a light.


A customer was looking at the cabinet and I pulled the lower shelf out - it's mirrored too.  She said, "Oh my - it's got everything, including a coke snorting shelf!!"  Hahaha, I do love my customers :-)


Here's some pics that show those lovely legs and the way the gilding works with that yummy red colour.









In the shop now and looking for a VERY stylish home :-D






Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Stunning 1950s Wardrobes - White Chalk Paint

I had two beautiful French style, 1950s wardrobes for sale on my Facebook page (you can find naked furniture in the shop section here).  A customer bought both and asked me to repaint them in white with some shabbying and gilding.  Here's a good look at these lovely wardrobes before any work.


They're both solid wood with quality carved mouldings.


The 1950s ornate handles are faded but still wonderful inspiration.


Here's the smaller wardrobe... originally cream paint, this has faded and has started to flake away.


The larger wardrobe is in the same condition, both will need to have the flakes sanded away and some prep done before painting.


Both are spotless inside - and have the same hanging area and wood and glass cubbyhole shelving.


Well... what can I say, when the work started, there was a A LOT of stain blocking going on...
Both wardrobes needed quite a lot of prep, as after testing, it was clear the original wood stain/ treatment was going to bleed through into the chalk paint and cause discolouration.


But after painting, shabbying, gilding and that final waxing.. WOWEEEEEE!!!


These wardrobes have transformed into stunning pieces of furniture.


Already plastic wrapped, shipped and settled into their new home. Phew!!!