Showing posts with label chest of drawers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chest of drawers. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Romantic Bedroom Suite - painted with white chalk paint

Everyone loves using white chalk paint to get that shabby look.  Here's a 1950s romantic bedroom set I just finished for the shop- - starting with the before pics;


The top of the dressing table and chest of drawers have these lovely flowers carved.


And look at these handles - so cute!!


Here's the chest of drawers in the workshop - two two drawers and two lower.  The glass top has been removed.


And here's the chest of drawers.  This bedroom suite is fantastic quality.  I always check that everything is in perfect working order before purchasing, looking for the BEST quality furniture to sell once refurbished.


So first of all, here's the dressing table, painted all over using white chalk paint and then lightly shabbied up and waxed.  Glass top is now back on.  These dressing tables make lovely office desks too - I can just see my Mac sitting on the top...


Here's the detail of the top and those lovely handles.




Next up is the chest of drawers.

From boring brown to brightening everything up..



Just beautiful... so romantic - and for sale in the shop now.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Classic 1950s French Style Chest of Drawers - Painted Cream

This lovely chest of drawers is just such a classic...


These 1950s and early 60s pieces of furniture are great finds, they're solid wood, beautifully made and will last for decades.


Here's a before pic.  Originally painted in cream with silver handles, I wanted to stay true to the original look, but after 60 or so years of wear and tear, she needed an upgrade!


She's been painted all over with Autentico's Paris White Chalk Paint -  a soft, vanilla ice cream colour.


The design of these handles is gorgeous. I've refurbed in the same colour of cream and then gilded with gold to bring though the design.


I kept things simple - adding gold to the edges of the drawers and lightly on the feet.


Here's some white bookends against the cream... such a pretty colour.


The insides of the drawers have been gilded too, not too much bling, but couldn't resist a bit.



In the shop now and ready for a new home :-)


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Mid Century and Pine - Chests of Drawers

A lot of people own brown furniture, whether it's old quality pine or inherited Mid-Century pieces.  And I've painted LOTS of chests of drawers.  Here's a look at two typical pieces:


These two drawers have been painted with a white chalk paint when the drawers were removed.


The teak on the drawers is a lovely grain, so the drawers have been re-stained and then sealed to really bring through that design.


This type of Mid-Century furniture looks great, part painted in a strong, clean colour.


I also just finished painted a chest of drawers for a customer.  A nice piece of pine, but to get up to date and drop the broooooowwwwwn, I've painted all over in a soft white.


The handles were painted too, then a metallic wax was added for colour.


Simples!  Looking good and ready to roll :-)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Big Blue - Stag Head Chest of Drawers

This big chest of drawers is a solid mahogany and just seemed kind of sad - so I cheered him up with a really bright makeover.


Off came those small round handles and on went the bright Antique Turquoise chalk paint...


After all the paint and shabbying up is finished, I've added lots of clear wax to protect the surfaces and added a bit of shine to the top with some elbow-grease!


These solid iron stag-head drawer pulls look amazing on such a solid piece.


There's some gilded highlights on the drawers now, lets just say he's really getting in touch with his feminine side - causing quite a stir at the shop :-)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sunshine Yellow Tallboy Chest of Drawers

I'm still in my RAINBOW COLOUR theme - here's some golden, sunshine yellow... a painted tallboy chest of drawers.



But first of all, here's the before and work photo - a nice piece of 1950s solid wood furniture.


I painted him all over using a pollen yellow coloured chalk paint from Autentico, it's called 'Sunshine'.  A very pretty golden yellow.  Here's the 'after' once finished.  What a difference!!


If you want to try painting your own furniture, once you've added paint and got the coverage you need, you can lightly sand away the paint to reveal the wood beneath and get some 'shabby chic' going.  It's what I did with this piece.  The chalk paint dries to a chalky finish.


For the next stage, when the painting's finished, add black wax with clear wax and build up a bit of character.


Silver gilding adds to the Regency look - typically golden yellows, black and silver.


The silver gilding has been carried through to the handles and drawer tops too.


Such a happy piece of furniture and n the shop now :-)
Join one of our workshops if you'd like to learn more about using chalk paint and waxes to brighten up your world.







Monday, 25 May 2015

Caribbean Blue - Statement Chest of Drawers

Well, if you read my last post, I'm still in HOLIDAY mode!  Still craving lots of sunny colour - I just finished this lovely little chest of drawers and I've booked a week away (hurruh!!) but more about that later...


Here's the before pic.  In really nice condition (apart from the scratches) and the handles are OK, but I wanted to make this a statement piece.


Once I got into the painting, I sanded and filled the holes for the drawer pulls and replaced them with these STUNNING stag heads.


Lots of comments from customers.


Actually - lots of comments about this colour generally! Here's a pic of one of my customers - she loves this colour blue and often wears it :-)


The chest of drawers was created using Antique Turquoise chalk paint, clear wax and gilding.


It sold straight away, and guess what?  My customer wasn't that keen on the handles, so they've been changed to the look she prefers.  There will be a RETURN of stag head very soon!!



So which handles do you prefer?  Stag heads or black ceramic pumpkins??


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Go Marrakech!! Pink and Gold Chest of Drawers

I think I must be CRAVING a holiday! I just painted this chest of drawers a lovely Moroccan pink colour and nearly got carried away adding all that gold to finish.  Every time I look at it I think how wonderful it would be to take a break in Marrakech right now...


It's all about colour for me at the moment, just look at these shoes hanging in a Souk :-D
Post Election blues??


Oh anyway - back to wood.  I was so happy when I found this piece of furniture. Yes, it's true.  Finding great furniture gives me a happy buzz. Anything with serpentine curves gets the thumbs up for my shop.


This is a super little chest of drawers - not only has it got the right curves, I noticed the legs had a kind of Eastern look to them.


I've been inspired!!  I mixed some Autentico chalk paints to make a custom colour.
If you're into furniture painting, these chalk paints are water-based and it's easy to mix them together and come up with something new,


The colours I mixed were Amethyst, Ruby and Heliotrope to create this 'Dragon Fruit' pink colour.  Here's the drawers once I painted a couple of coats all over.


Then I waxed the dry paint, firstly using a clear wax, followed by black wax to deepen the colour and add a bit of texture.  Buffed up the wax a bit for a shine too.


Finally I added that gilding.


The handles are very sweet, I painted and gilded these.


There's a shelf to pull out above the drawers... yup, GILDED!


Tops of the drawers?  You've guessed it, more bling.


Here's a pic in the shop - I painted an old mirror to match.


Lovely bevelling!


I just highlighted some of the existing design to bring out the glamour.



FABULOOOOOOUS... so now... where to book a holiday... thinking... hmmm...