Showing posts with label Paris Grey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paris Grey. Show all posts

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Edwardian Dressing Table - Painted Grey and White

I found this lovely dressing table and after posting on my Facebook Page here I was commissioned to paint grey with white detail.


This is one of the pics I posted - everything very brown, the original handles have been replaced along the way... but just a really lovely design.


I painted her all over in a 'Paris' grey chalk paint (Foggy Venice from Autentico's range) and picked out the detail in Roman White.

Love the curly design :-)


The handles were replaced with white ceramic buttons.


And the insides painted in Purple Rain - another favourite pink colour from Autentico.  The rims of the drawers were gilded silver.


Love those legs - a lovely piece of furniture - now delivered to her new home where she's much admired by all :-)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink and Grey - Inspirational Desk

Open the drawer, take out your laptop, pull down the desk et voila!  What a fabulous workstation. How could you NOT be inspired?


I got so excited about refurbing this bureau that I'd already started colour testing before any pics... here's a quick look at part of the before - inside...


So you get the picture?  It's a lovely old bureau, very solid old walnut, but it's had it.  BORING!!  It needed a new lease of life and that's where I arrive armed with pink and grey :-)


And, hello beautiful! Just a lovely old piece of furniture.  The grey paint which has been added all over the outside - it's called Foggy Venice from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range.


I went crazy for those little tootsies and just had to add antique gold gilding to those platform slippers!


The shell at the centre adds style - although I've finished the grey chalk paint with a clear wax - I've added some dark wax to bring out all the detail to the carving at the bottom of this piece.


I took all the hardware off for the refurb and then put it all back on again - cutest brass handles.


The chalk paint can be put straight on to the original leather pad, it's been refurbed too and the insides have been sealed with a dead matt varnish.


Swanky or what?  This wonderful magenta pink colour is called Heliotrope.  I think it's VERY ChouChou.


The original key locks the bureau top - and she just sits there looking all prim and proper (ah, bonjour Fifi).


Such a nice surprise to find that colour.  That final, internal drawer is painted gold inside.  Oh it just wants to be taken home!

Saturday, 29 June 2013

1970s Dressing Table Redoux

I tell you, sometimes you get a piece of furniture and everything goes like a dream... other times it's a work in progress...


I picked up this dressing table and thought it would be great fun to redoux in Chalk Paint - Paris Grey with Old White trim.  Here's the old brown look.


Typical 1970s, drawers work really well nice mirrors and some detail to bring out.


After tickling his tum - yes, there is something masculine about the design of this piece - I painted all over in Paris Grey.  I like to paint every bit - starting underside.


This is how the front looked after the grey and white was finished.  I took a pic after starting work with the clear wax.


I sprayed the handles white.


And put them back onto the finished piece.


I super-buffed the surfaces to get a really good wax shine going.  And have sanded away around the mirrors and more lightly on the drawers and around the edges.


The transformation is just fab.


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Patience - The French Chest Makeover

I've had this small chest of drawers for years, I've kept a load of household tools in it and basically left it in a dark corner of the garage.  BUT NOW (drum-roll...) she's been turned into a lovely French Chest of Drawers.

I like to start with the reveal - here's how this chest looked to start with...


Made of solid wood - no veneer here dear! And I think this must have been someone's pet project at some point because it's been made up from reclaimed wood.  I wondered if it was part of a desk originally.  The sides and back are very basic bits of wood - but it's part of the charm. You'll see.


So I've used for tools storage - it was never created to be loved and admired... until NOW that is.


I started out with a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint.  Did a bit of fixing and sanding the drawers and then added Paris Grey on the front panels.  I used masking tape to create the grey borders around the top and sides.


The old handles are nice, solid brass.  They are lovely as they are with the patina built up over years, but once I looked at them on the grey and white I realised they needed a coat of Old White too.


I didn't do lots of sanding work to the wood - I wanted to leave it as natural and bashed as possible - naturally shabby this one.  I visited the Graphics Fairy and found the French graphics I wanted to use.
Patience!  for the top.



Grain sack for the sides.



So this is how the drawers look BEFORE I added clear wax. The clear wax seals and protects the chest.  It also brings out more of the character.  The next three pics are after waxing....


The white and grey are take on a more vintage hue.


This is her behind - you never know where she'll end up.  Keep it pretty.


These are the handles after a treatment with the wax too.  Another peacock tail design (like the bentwood chair I did earlier which is here).


I blinged up the inside of the drawers.  They were all given coats of Paris Grey and gold added around the inside of the drawers. (I just can't keep away from that antique gold, sigh...)






What do you think? I love to do French refurb!!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Coffee Table in Paris Grey

Here's a coffee table story - starting with the REVEAL.


I often see these tables and look out for anything with an interesting bit of carving - here's the BEFORE pic.


 Nice legs with lots of carving - a bit of the damage to repair...


There were a couple of cracks to fill in above the leg and on the rim of the table.


 Originally, this would have been a very grand table to have your afternoon cup of tea and slice of cake from.  The walnut veneer is quite damaged now, but not chipped - so perfect for a refurb.


My original idea was to do lots of distressing BUT when I did that, I checked with a bit of clear wax and felt it was just too much for this little piece.


 So I washed all the distressed parts with some Paris Grey to tone things down a bit, which works a lot better.


 I added the Paris Grey Wash over the top of the table too.


 So now the shabby, distressed look is much softer and I think works.


 I'm pleased with the final look, the whole table has been sealed with clear wax now.  Oh, the weather is rotten today... it might still be cold and wet outside but it's Paris inside!!