Showing posts with label table. Show all posts
Showing posts with label table. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Paris Grey painted chest of drawers

Actually, this is not JUST a chest of drawers story.  I've just finished refurbing a chest of drawers and a customer asked me to do the same finish on a chair and some small tables.


Here's the chest of drawers in the incarnation before... well made, but looking really quite dated from the 1980s.


 Oh my goodness, don't things looks so different in the sun?


I've painted everything all over in Foggy Venice chalk paint - which is a light 'Paris' grey.  That includes the handles, then I sealed and finished everything with white chalk wax.  The 'limed' finish has been a real favourite this year.


I gave this brown chair the same treatment...


Completely different design of legs - but the white chalk wax looks so great on any carved work.


There were some old brown tables that got the same finish - they're all going out of the workshop straight into a newly decorated room... would be nice to see them all at home together :-)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Coffee Table Stack

I have a number of coffee tables in the shop at the moment... all very different!


Here's a stack of three - chalk paint is so versatile, you can create a number of finishes.  There's a red and gold table, the top's been finished and 'aged' with dark wax, a duck egg blue table finished in white wax and a grey and white French-Style claw and ball foot table.


Here's an example of how the colour of chalk paint changes when you add a wax - the dark was is great for bringing out definition to carved pieces and 'ages' the colour.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Painted Pine Table - Coastal Colours

I pick up a lot of pine furniture - this little table is a peach!


Here's how she started out...


She's an old pine table - opposed to a new 'yellow' pine.  There's no varnish and if you look carefully, you can see the legs are all finished differently, so hand turned - crafted one at a time.


I decided to keep it light and started with a thin coat of duck egg blue all  - Autentico call this chalk paint Troubled Waters.  No trouble here though!


The colour has taken nicely giving some show through to the original pine and has been waxed with a clear wax.


The top had a the same, single coat and was then waxed with White Chalk Wax - I gave it three coats to make sure it's got lots of protection.


Et voila!!  Lovely little table in coastal colours.

Can you see my 'No Paparazzi' doormat?  They're selling like hot cakes :-)

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Graphite Lamp Table with Arles Chalk Paint

I am now officially mad - about Graphite Chalk Paint.


I picked up a rather plain, solid wood table this week and had been thinking about whether to paint it one colour and just enjoy the pedestal shape in the plain or try a bit of two-tone.


I just feel inspired by my walks.  This tree... there's something really feminine about it don't you think? Two-tone black and white?  No?


Anyway, this is the table in it's original incarnation.


And this... this is Arles Chalk Paint... yummy golden colour like honeycomb.


So I got to work giving the table one coat of Arles.


And then covered again with a coat of Graphite Chalk Paint.  It was really satisfying - the the way the black paint just connected with the undercoat.


This is how things looked when the Graphite dried - like a blackboard - a dull charcoal colour.


But once the clear wax was applied and buffed up - what a difference!


Yup, I love that two tone effect - straight out of my walks by the river.


After the rain - with no colour enhancement - amazing.


Anyway, back to the table - the two tones of gold and black are just made for each other.



I have to say, it really does work well.


That beautiful dark graphite colour is now a firm favourite of mine - I have a dressing table on stand by for my next project...


Have a great week :-)









Sunday, 7 July 2013

Large Coffee Table with Stencil

This is a quick story - have to run and watch the Gentlemen's Finals at Wimbledon... on a large TV with friends, fizz and strawberries - come on Andy!!!

This large, solid wood coffee table was being discarded - such a shame, I thought it would look good refurbed with a stencil design.  Here's the REVEAL shot.


Here's the before...


The varnish was quite damaged.  I'm often asked if chalk paint will chip.  Well here's the proof, any surface will wear after use regardless of the finish, so use casters under cups, glasses and hot plates.

I lightly sanded a couple of places to remove some raised bits.


The condition of the wood is good though - just need a quick clean and then got to it with Old White all over and the top with French Linen Chalk Paint.


This is how the colours look before waxing all over with Clear Wax.


I used a stencil twice in a mirror image.  I thought I'd keep this one simple.


This is how fully waxed finished version looks - I really do need to get my camera sorted out and stop using the iphone!!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Return of the Claw and Ball Foot Table

One of my earlier pieces was a claw and ball foot table that I painted in lightened duck egg blue chalk paint.


Remember me???  Too much of My Big Fat Greek Wedding... You can see the original make-over here Claw and Ball Foot Table  


Well, I just wasn't happy with it and I have been going backwards and forwards trying to create something I feel is right for the table.


So here it is again - what I decided to do was paint over the Duck Egg Blue with French Linen Chalk Paint.


I have done A LOT of distressing to this piece.  If you don't like it - LOOK AWAY NOW! This post contains graphic images that some people may find disturbing...

So anyhoo, I've worked through the colours, sanding away to get show through from the original wood and layers of chalk paint.


I really love the character of this table and am looking for a lamp that will compliment it's new look.


The carved areas at the top of the legs and side of the table has Old White Chalk Paint added, again it's been treated in quite a rough way, but I really do think this table suits the harsh-shabby look.



Sunday, 28 April 2013

Coffee Table in Paris Grey

Here's a coffee table story - starting with the REVEAL.


I often see these tables and look out for anything with an interesting bit of carving - here's the BEFORE pic.


 Nice legs with lots of carving - a bit of the damage to repair...


There were a couple of cracks to fill in above the leg and on the rim of the table.


 Originally, this would have been a very grand table to have your afternoon cup of tea and slice of cake from.  The walnut veneer is quite damaged now, but not chipped - so perfect for a refurb.


My original idea was to do lots of distressing BUT when I did that, I checked with a bit of clear wax and felt it was just too much for this little piece.


 So I washed all the distressed parts with some Paris Grey to tone things down a bit, which works a lot better.


 I added the Paris Grey Wash over the top of the table too.


 So now the shabby, distressed look is much softer and I think works.


 I'm pleased with the final look, the whole table has been sealed with clear wax now.  Oh, the weather is rotten today... it might still be cold and wet outside but it's Paris inside!!