Showing posts with label Nocturnal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nocturnal. Show all posts

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.

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 :-)


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Gold and Cream Dream - Art Deco Sideboard

I saw this sideboard and tested quite a few colours before deciding to paint in cream and gold.


This is the before pic, I was really drawn to those scalloped drawers and cupboard and the soft curve of the cupboards to the sides.  The sideboard is a golden honey coloured wood inside and out and in great condition.


I did two undercoat: firstly a red (Ruby chalk paint) followed by black (Nocturnal) and then painted all over in Neutral 'cream coloured' chalk paint.


When all the coats had dried evenly, I did some very light sanding.  I wanted to bring some colour through the cream - rather than leave as a solid colour as I thought it would be more interesting.


Next stage was layering on the antique gold wax - all across the middle sections, top and a touch to the feet.


The gold softly reflect the light.


Here's a 'lights on' pic...


And a light off...


I'm really pleased with the final outcome, gold under the drawers reflects of the gilding beautifully.


Finally, the handles have been replaced with smaller ceramic and matching gold hardware.


She's lighting up the shop right now...

Monday, 1 September 2014

Painted Stag Heads

I bought some stag heads and have been painting them for the shop :-)






They're selling like hot-cakes!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Antique Bureau Refurb

I bought this stunning antique with the idea of totally renovating it to the point of removing all the art... before you scream I was only THINKING about it.


This is a before pic that shows the amount of wear and tear - real shabby chic and very popular for the day it was in the shop before being snapped up!


The insides were pretty shabby too :-)  The artwork was done in the 1920s by the wife of the General who presented it to her...  maybe so she could write to him frequently?  Romantic...


My client asked me to paint all over in dark grey and change the gold to silver but LEAVE all the lovely artwork.  So I did.



She's pretty cute now, all the old paint has been covered with a custom dark grey and sealed with a wax varnish.  The gilding has been changed to silver.


Additionally, the request was for light grey inside, so that was done with a silver inner drawer.


The single drawer was refurbed in the same grey, with silver gilded handles.


I hope I did the right thing - what do you think?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Going for Gold - refurbished desk

I'm soooo excited, we're surrounded by the Commonwealth Games that started today.  The weather has been great so I've been out on the street working on furniture.  This is a dressing table turned into a gold desk.


Originally, this dressing table had a single mirror across the back, however it can no longer be fitted to the mirror struts - I'm hoping to hang it above the desk on the wall back in the shop.


It's been painted all over in Autentico's 'Nearly Black' chalk paint and then the whole thing has been waxed in layers of gold.  Yup, I finally went all out with the gold.


The gold has  been applied more strongly to define the shape around the drawers and highlights the serpentine flow of the top.


The drawers are painted Gers Blu inside - a cornflower blue - for a lift of colour.


And I left the original handles, they're in great condition, heavy brass that works well against the dark tone and gold.


I took all the photos outside as I finished her this afternoon, the gold creates a lovely soft shine that looks even better indoors...


I think this would make a stunning desk, BUT with a free standing mirror or wall mounted mirror, would still be a fabulously stylish dressing table.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Black, Gold and Blue - Chest of Drawers Refurb

Happy July!!  It's been hectic this week, as I've been working on a lot of commissions and am still trying to finish a dressing table... poor thing.  Meantime, here's a refurb I've just finished working on.


I do love my black and gold combi, but more about that later - here's the chest of drawers as I was starting work:


A really nice solid oak two over two set.  The front has a serpentine curve and the original handles have been replaced sometime along the way.  I took off the top two handles and was involved in a paint check before I realised I hadn't taken the before pic!!!


Something that's really interesting about the drawers is that they have little wooden wheels on the back. They run really smoothly, cool eh?


So after some filling in of unwanted drawer holes and a few dings to the top, I painted all over with Autentico chalk paint in the Nocturnal black colour.  Chalk paint is really matt when it dries, you have to be careful or it will pick up every little scuff and absorb anything.


There's some nice detail on the drawers, so it's been accentuated with an antique gold gilding that matches the gold on the handles - which have now been replaced and repositioned.


Gilding has been brushed over a few surfaces to draw out the design - it's quite subtle.


Loved gilding those chunky little feet though!



Everything's sealed with a wax varnish and the top has been given a few layers of gold wax to get a deep shine.


Inside the drawers are painted Gers Blu - a lovely contrast and bright surprise when you pull those ceramic pumpkin handles.


Quite a strong, masculine piece in the end...


Sold already and gone from the shop - good job I have photos!