Showing posts with label Bedside Cabinet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bedside Cabinet. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 August 2015

1950s Stag Head Bedside Cabinets

There's a lot of yummy turquoise and stag head furniture going through the shop lately...


I had these two bedside cabinets for sale on my Facebook page (you can find it here) and my client asked me to paint them in Antique Turquoise paint and add stag head handles and gilding.  Well I'd love to!!!


Here's the before - standing outside the shop - a really nice pair of 1950s bedside cabinets.  In great condition and ready for a new look.


After the hardware's removed and a few coats of that lovely turquoise chalk paint, they were finished with clear wax to seal.


I added gilded iron stag head handles... and did extra gilding onto the doors and around the tops, sides and feet.


Two VERY cute bedside cabinets ready for their new home :-)

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 :-)

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!!

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!!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Busy with Commissions - Banishing Brown!

Commission work has been busy of late - which is fantastic!  Interestingly there's a run on the French cream-coloured paint with a white limed finish.  Here's some examples;


Well - OK, they're all reeeeeally brown, but this French wardrobe was stunning to begin with.



Just look at the flow of this gorgeous design - I should have showed you inside (which was painted in Foggy Venice grey) - four shelves and a hanging rail's been added.  These pieces are all being commissioned for a little girl's room.


Phew!  What a job - I didn't have time to show you the other pieces, they were wrapped and shipped before I could grab the camera.  Everything's been painted with Paris White chalk paint from Autentico and then finished with white chalk wax.  Which do you prefer, before or after?


There's always things to do, the handles were being changed so there's filling and re-drilling...


This Welsh Dresser is solid oak - I was painting upside down here in case you can't work it out :-)


Such a beautiful piece - I love to use coloured waxes to bring through the design.


This is the dresser when it was at home before any work...


This is the after - the insides of the cupboard were painted in a light grey contrast (Autentico's Foggy Venice)



I've been refurbing handles too - the originals on the drawer were replaced at some point.


aren't the originals with an 'acorn' design pretty?  They've been painted in the same chalk paint and then sealed and buffed with gold gilding wax.


This is another wardrobe - was so very plain looking when it was brown, once painted and waxed you wouldn't recognise it as the original piece.


Taking a quick break from the creams and onto whites - another bedroom, completely refurbed in white and silver.


Everything was painted with Autentico's Foggy Venice grey, then the drawer fronts on the tallboy and bedside cabinets were picked out in Roman White.  Finished with Silver Wax over the grey.  The handles have been refurbed with silver gilding wax too.


A few items have been painted in shabby chic white.  So many people ask, can I get this painted, just white and very shabby?  Yes you can!!!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Chalk Paint Workshops - bedside cabinet transformation

It's been a while since I've posted about the Chalk Paint Workshops (you can book here), however I've been sent some pics from one of my workshop customers and am so excited to share them with you!  Here's the story - we started off with an old pine bedside cabinet:


Nice solid cabinets being used in her teenage daughter's room - but Julie wanted to give her daughter a lovely surprise to match some of the other decor in her bedroom.


We removed the handles and painted all over in Foggy Venice, light grey chalk paint.  Then painted Nocturnal (black) on the tops and sides, leaving a front panel.  Some silver wax was added to the tops and around the edges-  and the woodwork was given a lightly shabby finish with sandpaper.


Part of the course covers various ways to transfer images - these Gothic crowns came from the Graphics Fairy website.  Probably the best place on the web to find royalty free images!  Don't you just love those new crystal handles?


Her daughter absolutely loves them and what an amazing transformation!!  I'll be sharing some more pics soon :-)