Showing posts with label armoire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label armoire. Show all posts

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Very Vanilla - White Chalk Wax Armoire

I can't believe it's 12th March already!  Spring is here, the light is changing and everything is beginning to look bright again :-)  So time to DITCH the old brown look!


This lovely Armoire wardrobe is typical of 1950s design.  Great quality if you can find it, this one by local manufacturer, Beithcraft.


Armoires can turn into brilliant storage space for a children's room.


Two drawers below, then inside shelves and a hanging space - perfect!


I removed all the hardware and painted this one all over in Autentico's Paris White chalk paint.  It's a yummy, rich vanilla white.


Once dry a white chalk wax was added all over to give a subtle 'limed' French finish.  The drawer and cupboard edges have gold gilding.


The hardware's been changed to uplifting gold and crystal.


And the feet have been given a makeover too - just some wee gold slippers.


The vanilla and white wax look is so refreshing.


In the shop now... meanwhile out in the park, sun's shining, I had to take some snaps for you!


I've hardly been out with my camera at all this year - it's been very dark and rainy.


But now the sun's out, the skies are very bright blue.


Loving the gilded thistle on this lamp :-)


Bring out the bling Glasgow!!



Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Glorious Gilded Armoire - Duck Egg Blue and Gold

Well, I had to go full out glam with this piece of furniture.  A lovely armoire, very well made but looking dated and frankly, dull, dull, dull.


It's a heavy, solid piece of furniture, looking stuck in the 1980's - the way it's been put together and the original wood work is great though - there's lots of potential!



I wanted to go full on FRENCHIFIED with this one.  J'adore the French Country Cottage look and one of the best ways to get this is with a 'duck egg blue' chalk paint.. So I painted both inside and out in Autentico's Vintage chalk paint in this colour which is called Troubled Waters.



After a few layers to get the right finish, all the detail's been picked out with gold gilding.



Inside, the drawers have been given a gold wax finish.



With just a bit of gold lining across the top...


And the handles have had a bit of work added too.





Et voila!!  ready for your petit West End ch√Ęteau :-)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Dreamy Angelic Blue Armoire

When I saw the handles on this armoire, I just HAD to have it.


So here she is before any work started - very brown BUT very Art Deco... 


Inside is a treat - hanging rails and corner shelves - with one big storage drawer.  And all in great condition.


The handles are just soooo lovely - they reminded me of angels wings when I saw them - but maybe are more of a waterfall...  very 'renaissance' 1920s.


I started out painting all over with Gers Blu chalk paint.


That gave a totally blue canvas for me to start planning that new look.


The whole piece has had a white wash (Silk chalk paint) then I've added lots of gilding along all the lines.  I still wanted a bit of 'shabby' so very light sanding here and there.


The handles have been given the chalk paint and gold gilding treatment.



Aren't they gorgeous?


Here's the cabinet open so you can see the shelves and hanging space painted in cream with some gold on the shelf edge.  The single drawer underneath stands on chevron design - highlighted with white and gold.


Inside of the drawer is painted the same cream with gold edging around the top and bottom.


This is such a lovely piece of furniture.


Not too tall - at shoulder height, more storage space on top :-)


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cherry Blossom Armoire - Art Deco Refurb

Well I just love the way this has turned out!

This is the second piece of an Art Deco set I picked up.  The dressing table is finished in simple black and gold and has a stunning mirror  here.   Cue a quick peek at the before pic...


Armoires are just great for storage - with shelves in the top and this one has three drawers.


I painted this all over with Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and then got to work on the gold branches of the cherry trees...


adorned them with blossom in Autentico's Roman White, Antique Rose and Purple Rain.


Two of the Art Deco handles were replaced on the cupboard as they were too badly broken.  The black and gold new handles work really well though.  All the hardware on the cupboard's been given the bling treatment.


There's been a generous amount of gold gilding around this piece, picking out the doors and feet.


Inside the drawers and cupboard are painted a warm golden butterscotch to match the tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) of the handles and to offset the gold. 



Kind of looks like a kimono with the doors open :-)





I really love the cherry blossom look and have some ideas for doing some more in this line.