Showing posts with label Graphite. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Graphite. Show all posts

Sunday, 8 September 2013

1940s Dressing Table - Graphite and Emperor Red

Here's this week's story of a 1940's dressing table I've re-furbed.



First thing I thought when I saw it for sale was I really liked that lovely 1940s shape.

Remind me to take the pictures - I'd unscrewed the mirror posts so I didn't do the full "before" picture.  Anyway - here she is, love those big box drawers and cabriole leggies.


 I bought this Emperor Silk red Chalk Paint and just think that Japanese look of black with red flashings...

Meanwhile, I spotted the local Heron while I was out on my river walk this weekend.  Kind of gets into this week's japanese theme.  Not a crane - but nor bad for a river safari.



So first of all, I'm painting the insides of the drawers in that lovely rich red... it's got a kind of blue to it rather than the orange red.


Next I painted graphite all over, waxed and finished with gold handles.




Here's the first glimpse of the drawers opening - I put gold around the tops.



I think it works really well...


Here's some more pics from the river to finish off :-)









Sunday, 18 August 2013

Graphite Lamp Table with Arles Chalk Paint

I am now officially mad - about Graphite Chalk Paint.


I picked up a rather plain, solid wood table this week and had been thinking about whether to paint it one colour and just enjoy the pedestal shape in the plain or try a bit of two-tone.


I just feel inspired by my walks.  This tree... there's something really feminine about it don't you think? Two-tone black and white?  No?


Anyway, this is the table in it's original incarnation.


And this... this is Arles Chalk Paint... yummy golden colour like honeycomb.


So I got to work giving the table one coat of Arles.


And then covered again with a coat of Graphite Chalk Paint.  It was really satisfying - the the way the black paint just connected with the undercoat.


This is how things looked when the Graphite dried - like a blackboard - a dull charcoal colour.


But once the clear wax was applied and buffed up - what a difference!


Yup, I love that two tone effect - straight out of my walks by the river.


After the rain - with no colour enhancement - amazing.


Anyway, back to the table - the two tones of gold and black are just made for each other.



I have to say, it really does work well.


That beautiful dark graphite colour is now a firm favourite of mine - I have a dressing table on stand by for my next project...


Have a great week :-)