Showing posts with label 1980s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1980s. Show all posts

Monday, 29 June 2015

Boring Old Pine Bedside Cabinets - given a chalk paint makeover

I recently acquired these two pine bedside cabinets and just finished transforming them with chalk paint AND new handles - this is the 'before' look...


A bit dated?  On the positive side, these are really good, solid pine units with some nice detail to the pedestal.  I think the handles are a bit masculine though, I'll save them for some Steampunk!


Here's the after.... would you have recognised them?


They've been painted all over using two Autentico chalk paints:  Foggy Venice and Roman White.
After painting, the edges have been lightly sanded to give a subtle 'shabby chic' finish, then clear wax has been brushed all over to seal and protect.


The handles have been changed to silver and white ceramic buttons.


Looking very fresh for your petit French boudoir now.


Finished and in the shop, looking for a new home :-)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hand Painted Furniture Commissions - Duck Eggs Galore!

I've had a lot of requests lately to refurbish bedrooms furniture using a colour that's EVERYBODY'S favourite... Duck Egg Blue.


Here's a quick look at a complete bedroom set I did last week.  Twenty years ago, everyone thought pine was yummy - and the fact is, there's some great quality stuff around.  This lot consists of a merchant chest, bedside cabinets, headboard for the bed, dressing table with mirrors and free-standing mirror.  All to be painted Duck Egg, finished with clear wax and gold gilding added.


All the handles were removed and given a few coats of Autentico's duck egg colour which is called 'Troubled Waters'.  Once painted we were going to try out a few different ceramic looks to see how black, white and gold would look.



We settled for refurbing the existing handles, don't they look cute now?


Everything looks lovely and fresh.


When using chalk paint, you can decide the finished look by thickening or thinning the paint - choose whether to cover or show the wood grain.  Waxes can be used to create shine, or can be left matt.


Another customer wanted a couple of bedside cabinets painted to match this chest of drawers.


So these were painted, stencilled and gilded.  Such a pretty bedroom design.



We love to stencil :-)

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 :-)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Glorious Gilded Armoire - Duck Egg Blue and Gold

Well, I had to go full out glam with this piece of furniture.  A lovely armoire, very well made but looking dated and frankly, dull, dull, dull.


It's a heavy, solid piece of furniture, looking stuck in the 1980's - the way it's been put together and the original wood work is great though - there's lots of potential!



I wanted to go full on FRENCHIFIED with this one.  J'adore the French Country Cottage look and one of the best ways to get this is with a 'duck egg blue' chalk paint.. So I painted both inside and out in Autentico's Vintage chalk paint in this colour which is called Troubled Waters.



After a few layers to get the right finish, all the detail's been picked out with gold gilding.



Inside, the drawers have been given a gold wax finish.



With just a bit of gold lining across the top...


And the handles have had a bit of work added too.





Et voila!!  ready for your petit West End ch√Ęteau :-)

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Steampunk Red and Black Painted Cabinet

If you've lived in Glasgow a few years, you'll remember Backstreet Pine at Kelvinbridge... I know this piece was originally bought there about 20 years ago and I'm sure I'm going to get more.


This is a really big TV unit - cupboard at the top 2 x drawers at the bottom and made of solid pine.  My customer told me she was sick of the orange pine messing up her lovely lounge design, so time for a change!


I painted all over - inside and out in Autentico's Passion Red chalk paint.  The inside is then coated with Autentico's sealer so that it can be used without the very dry chalk paint rubbing onto anything.


Then I used a couple of coats of Nocturnal and went aerobic with hand sanding to break through the black into the red underneath.


This was a commission and my customer was really keen for for this to look good and shabby. It's looking pretty Steampunk!


The heavy black iron handles have been left and give it bit of an industrial macho finish.


The outside's been given a couple of coats of clear wax to seal and protect.  You can still see the grain of the wood... feels great when you run your hand over the surface.


Iove it, my customer loves it - all's right in the world of ChouChou this week :-)


Even the sunset outside the shop was stunning tonight.


I really enjoyed working on this and look forward to seeing it back at it's home.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

White Paint and Oak Top Bedside Cabinets

Welcome to what may be the last post of this amazing year!  There's been so many favourite stories, I'll have to do a January special - but meantime, here's some bedside cabinets I've been working on.


These are nearly finished, my client wants to fit their own handles and hasn't even bought them yet.  So many people ask about painting boring old pine... the fact is if you have good, solid pine furniture, you can really transform it.


Here's the 'before' pic.  I took the pic after a bit of sanding on the tops.  My client wanted these to be painted plain white (Autentico's Roman White) and the tops to be stained dark oak.  After a couple of coats, the top's sealed with a matt varnish and the chalk paint with clear wax. A great little job and it brings these cabinets right up to date :-)


Happy New Year planning!!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Paris Grey painted chest of drawers

Actually, this is not JUST a chest of drawers story.  I've just finished refurbing a chest of drawers and a customer asked me to do the same finish on a chair and some small tables.


Here's the chest of drawers in the incarnation before... well made, but looking really quite dated from the 1980s.


 Oh my goodness, don't things looks so different in the sun?


I've painted everything all over in Foggy Venice chalk paint - which is a light 'Paris' grey.  That includes the handles, then I sealed and finished everything with white chalk wax.  The 'limed' finish has been a real favourite this year.


I gave this brown chair the same treatment...


Completely different design of legs - but the white chalk wax looks so great on any carved work.


There were some old brown tables that got the same finish - they're all going out of the workshop straight into a newly decorated room... would be nice to see them all at home together :-)