Showing posts with label Red. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Big Red - French Painted Cocktail Cabinet

Oh my! How rare to find such a WONDERFUL cocktail cabinet!


I've called her The Big Red - if you think she looks good on the outside, wait till you see her faaaaabulous insides.  But first here's the previous very brown look... alright in her day I suppose.  Very 1960's.


But check out those legs! I spent some time painting her all over in a really strong, red, chalk paint.



Then fully sealed with clear and dark waxes before having some fun with the gilding.


When the doors open, you'll find the shelving and the original red cocktail sticks.


Martini sweetie?


Inside there are mirrors with two glass shelves and a light.


A customer was looking at the cabinet and I pulled the lower shelf out - it's mirrored too.  She said, "Oh my - it's got everything, including a coke snorting shelf!!"  Hahaha, I do love my customers :-)


Here's some pics that show those lovely legs and the way the gilding works with that yummy red colour.









In the shop now and looking for a VERY stylish home :-D






Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Carved Chinese Chest in Red Chalk Paint

I really do like to paint furniture and give it an Oriental look.  This fantastic blanket-box sized chest I picked up is a favourite.


Here's the 'before' look... all that lovely carved work seems lost in brown.


I set out by giving a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint.  This is how it looks then


It dries to a very matt and fairly bright red.


Then black and clear waxes have been used to work through the designs and WOW, what a transformation!


I gilded the lock on the front with some old gold.


And here's a look at some of the carving - on every side of this gorgeous chest and so much detail.




Handles are carved into the sides and on the front of the lid.




Already causing quite a stir - it's in the shop now and ready for a new home :-)


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.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Oriental Black and Red - Stunning Art Deco Sideboard

Black and red can work really well - it's pretty daring... I just had to do it with this piece of Art Deco.  Look at that fluffy cloud mirror and those amazing feet!


First of all, I stripped off all the hardware (lovely chrome and bakelite handles), removed the mirror and then painted it all over with a couple of coats of red chalk paint.


Wow!  I could have stayed with that red!  I was tempted.  But I had some other ideas so that's when I added black chalk paint.


It's red inside, outside I've painted black over red with a few peeks of red left unpainted.



I've lightly sanded some of the wood to more chinks of red to show through and have used silver wax to bring through that stunning Art Deco waterfall design in the woodwork.


mmmm it's got that oriental Deco feel now.


The black paint has been finished with clear wax.  It softly reflects the light from the mirror and seals and protects the colours.




Here she is finished in the shop.  I need to get some more shots with better lighting - so pop back in a day or so for more photos.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Meet Ruby - Jazzy Cocktail Cabinet Refurb

Ohhhh, I do love to get dramatic and this wonderful Cocktail Cabinet gave me such an opportunity!


Next time you see brown, dull and done-for furniture DO NOT GIVE UP!  .. Here's what was delivered to the shop....


The glass has been separated and is wrapped up on top, but SERIOUSLY... black and white check backing paper???  Who would have thought? A bit too masculine?  Huh, time for a gender-change!


This is a beautiful and interesting piece of furniture.  The red, gold and silver combo on the original piece  was a bit of a challenge but this is what I did...


I painted all over with Autentico's Nearly Black chalk paint and painted the inside of the lower cabinet with Red - fittingly, this is called Ruby (baby).  I used a matching the gold gilding for the cabinet and left all of the bottom cabinet black, but put some sneaky silver gilding on the rims of the doors, et Voila!!



Lovely claw and ball-foot tootsies here.  This cabinet is step-ping out!


No more hiding in the corner for Ruby!  So when do you think she was originally made? Art Deco?


When I first saw her, I thought 1930s but noooo, 1960s!  The British Safety Kite is there.


I just love that jazzy silver-work on the doors :-)


I kept trying to get a pic that worked with the lighting...


It doesn't matter, she'll light up your room day and night.