Showing posts with label Victorian.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Victorian.. Show all posts

Monday, 5 January 2015

She's a Knock Out - Purple Painted Antique Sideboard

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you.  Thank you - my lovely customers and blog friends - I have so much gratitude for you.  You made 2014 a wonderful and memorable year for us at ChouChou Chateau, thank you again for your friendship and support!  

To be honest, things were really quiet over Christmas and into New Year, mostly due the dreaded 'flu bomb' - but that's waaaay in the past now, so here we go... kicking off on the 12th Day of Christmas with this POWERFUL statement piece... A Purple and Gold Sideboard.


I know you want to see the before pics - a really great find - an oak Victorian sideboard with ornate carving.  But looking very heavy and frankly GHASTLY in that old brown.


So here's what I did...


Most of the handles are flimsy brass replacements, so the hardware's all removed and she's been given coats of Autentico's Amethyst chalk paint - a lovely rich purple..  The design on these doors is so pretty!


The paint work has been lightly 'shabbied' up with sandpaper.  Then dark wax and clear wax have been used to bring through the depth of the design and when everything's been given time to fully dry, deep gold gilding has been added.


I love the relief work on these doors.  All the handles have been replaced with sturdy ceramic pumpkins with the same gold coloured finishing.


Gilding has been added inside the doors and drawers.


Here's a pic to finish with some camera flash - she's a knock out :-)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pine Chest of Drawers - Uber Chic Painted White

 This pine chest of drawers is very pretty - can imagine it was acid dipped back in the '80s after being painted in the '70s.


Here's how she was when I picked her up...


Still looking good - if not a bit uninspired.  I just love those chunky drawers and empire lines.


I gave her a few coats of an antique white chalk paint before working through with sandpaper.


I let the wood come through naturally, where there are raised surfaces and knots to show.


The ultimate in shabby chic - finished with a clear wax to seal and protect.


This cute little chest will brighten up any room :-)  Beeeaauuutiful x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Maleficent - Mirror Collection

Great name - and really do think I'll look forward to seeing Angelina play the part... meanwhile WHAT do you think of this incredible mirror I picked up?  Original 1950/60s and in perfect condition.  Hmmm mirror, mirror...


I've also got an number of other great retro, Victorian and Art Deco mirrors in stock - here's a quick look at some.


The largest mirror is a Victorian over-mantle and has some beautiful design.







This one's in the window - very flamboyant :-)


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chalk Painted Chiffonier - Vincent Van Gogh Style

I'm always on the lookout for something unusual...  and this is my Van Gogh Chiffonier do-over!


I'll try to explain the Van Gogh inspiration at the end of the blog - but first of all here's the cabinet before I started any work...


I was really interested in all the carving on this piece - I'm assuming it's Victorian... Chiffoniers were became popular as pieces of furniture to put 'things' in... and are smaller than sideboards.


The hardware was in bad shape - broken handles on the drawer...


Doors loose or coming away from the hinges.  I wasn't really interested in keeping the doors, I thought the natural wood backing and shelves would look great painted with Troubled Water (Autentico's Duck Egg Blue).


This is how everything looked after a couple of coats all over with Autentico's 'Lemon' chalk paint.  Actually it is much more lime - maybe unripe lemon.. but definitely NOT yellow.


Then I got started with the dark wax to bring out all that character.


I love the shade it becomes when the dark brown is added.


I've washed through the brown to let the lemon/lime come through.


It shows the carving really nicely.





The inside is left unwaxed - handles on the drawer have changed to white ceramic pumpkins.


The inside of the drawer is painted in the same duck egg colour - I love that green that could be blue - and finished with a shot of silver leaf across the top.  The names of these paints are VERY confusing.


These photos show the colours off better than some of the others.


A rustic cabinet...


I love it :-)  A great little character piece.

And here's Van Gogh's Chair - the colours inspired me.  I saw the Duck Egg Blue background and that Old Lime painted wood of the chair.  My finished work is a minute fraction of the price though, very affordable.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Nice leg candy! Refurbished Console Table

I picked up this old piece of furniture this week - the owners described it as a wash stand - I was drawn to the attractive leg candy and drawer design!  Would make a lovely console table.


Here's how she looked before:


Very old and brown with lots of dings and scratches accumulated over the years.


Originally  there were two drawer pulls on each drawer which have been replaced with these half-moon handles.


Nice barley twist legs though - they look fantastic painted and waxed!


The whole piece has been painted in Autentico Nearly Black and finished with Black Chalk Wax.


The handles have been changed back two per drawer. Simple white ceramic hardware that doesn't detract from the lovely design of the drawers.


Here she is in the shop - looking very cool and sophisticated.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Vanity Mirror - Painted Pink

More pine stories - this one is about a nice old vanity mirror.  This has had lots of love over the years and has been discarded, but it's a lovely design with the curves and bevelled mirror.


I wanted to get into some colour and opted for Autentico's Purple Rain - a lovely rich pink!


All I did was paint a couple of coats and seal with clear wax - a rich cherry blossom pink...  It's going straight into the window!








Sunday, 22 December 2013

Chest of Drawers and Mirror in Duck Egg Blue

I picked up this chest of drawers and separately an old brown mantle mirror, but painted in the same colour they come together for a great look.


I did think long and hard about what colour to go with - pretty tempted by pink to tell you the truth!  But opted for a duck egg blue in the end.


The chest of drawers needed a bit of filling and sanding before I started to get the bumps and knocks out.  The handles are solid brass, but I decided to go for a complete refurb and will replace them.


So here's the first look after a couple of coats of paint.  There's hardly any sunlight at this time of year but the colour is quite good in the pic.  Shame I forgot to take a 'before' shot of the mirror.


After buffing up all over with clear wax, I added crystal pull handles.


Very pretty...


That mirror is really heavy by the way!


The mirror will hang separately on the wall above the dresser.


Looking very shabby chic!!