Showing posts with label Green. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Green. Show all posts

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...