Showing posts with label Ruby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ruby. Show all posts

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 :-)


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Make it Red! Raspberry Painted Cupboard

It's very satisfying to take a old piece of furniture like this and turn it into something so very different. This piece from the 1930s has lovely old Bakelite handles, but sadly one is broken so a total overhaul is needed.


Tralaaaa...  this is just a quick snap taken in the shop but a great transformation.


After a few coats of Autentico's Ruby red chalk paint, dark wax has been used, it tones down the hot red colour to more of a raspberry, adds aging and - lots of character.


The handles have been changed to the ceramic clock faces.


And gilding's been added across the drawer and cupboard tops.


Light gilding highlights the cabriole feet.  I just love this raspberry colour, it's so uplifting :-)


Monday, 10 November 2014

Antique Turquoise Chalk Paint Mirrors

Turquoise is a very popular colour - here's a couple of mirrors that have been given a chalk paint do-over.

I see quite a few of these convex plaster mirrors - they're great for a shabby-job.  This one's been painted with a mix of Autentico's two chalk paints - Antique Turquoise and Troubled Waters - then once dry, the antique gold from the mirror's been rubbed through.


This second mirror has been salvaged from an old dresser.  Painted in an undercoat of red chalk paint, Antique Turquoise has been added over the top.  


A nice oval mirror with some patina that adds beautifully to the overall look.


With a little light sanding, the red comes through, would look lovely in a decorative hall of mirrors.




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...

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.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Lamp refurb - with Red Chalk Paint

Another dull, rainy day here... I need a bit of colour and there's so many things that can be done with Chalk Paint. This lamp started out white and I thought it would look good jazzed up in a red - here's how it looked after a couple of coats of Autentico Ruby red chalk paint.


Once dry, I waxed all over with Autentico's dark wax to finish and seal.  Wiping away most of the wax but leaving some to bring out the design.


The finished piece is really very attention grabbing, at last a bit of colour, very pretty!