May 072016
 
Revamped table

Revamped table

I bought this pretty little Laura Ashley table way back in the 1990’s.  It’s been used for my sewing machine, laptop, writing and a host of other things, hence it was looking rather tired and needed repairing again (3rd time).

I mixed my own colour using 2 Annie Sloan chalk paints – 4 parts Paris Grey to 1 part Chateau Grey (green).  I added a French style stencil in a dark green, and finally a wax finish, firstly with clear wax, then smushing dark wax around in various places, buffing to a soft sheen the next morning.  The final part was to add the metal corners, not just for decoration this time, but hopefully this will stop the sides coming apart (again!).

These tables usually have the top part like a tray, but I’ve always preferred to use it the other way up.  After all, it’s MY table and so my choice 😉

Here are the finished pictures…

Revamped table

Revamped table

Revamped table

Revamped table

Revamped table

 

Apr 232016
 

Turning an old French wine crate into a magazine holder.

Upcycled French Wine Crate

The moment I saw this on Ebay, I just knew it would make a great magazine holder.  Check out the seller’s other items if you’re interested in trying this yourself.

Method:

  • Sand to remove roughness and make edges and corners slightly rounded.
  • Stain using a waterbased French Oak wood stain.
  • Paint using Americana Chalky Paint in a greeny/blue.  I dry brushed the front so the pyrograhs weren’t covered up.  The inside was also dry brushed.  The other 3 sides and base were painted normally.
  • Distress the paint in areas.  Some parts using a vinegar/water mix, other parts using sandpaper.
  • Apply clear wax, then dark wax on edges and to distressed areas.  Wipe off excess and leave overnight.
  • Buff up to a soft sheen.
  • Add metal corner braces (just for show).

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Here are the photos of various angles of the finished box.  The unpainted box that it’s sitting on is a “future project”!

Upcycled French Wine Crate Upcycled French Wine Crate Upcycled French Wine Crate Upcycled French Wine Crate Upcycled French Wine Crate Upcycled French Wine Crate

Apr 192016
 

Upcycling an old 1930/40’s veneered tallboy using chalk paints and wax.

This was my Mom’s tallboy.  When she no longer wanted it,  my niece had it for a while, then it came to us.  Firstly, it was in my “office”, then hubby had it in his craft room for storing his unmade model aircraft.  Nothing had been done to it other than a clean, wax and replaced old handles.   Now, however, it’s going in our conservatory to be an overspill storage space for my china and glass.  As it’s sitting empty, waiting for the space, I’m taking advantage and attacking it with my chalk paints 🙂

I almost forgot to take any before photos, hence the painting had already begun…

upcycled tallboy before upcycled tallboy before

Day 1 – first coat of Antique White chalk paint on the front and top and Duck Egg Light on the sides and inside cupboard and drawers.  The doors had dried quite patchy so while I had the blue paint open, I painted some of it over the worst places.  As well as extra cover, it will hopefully show through a little when the top coat is distressed.

upcycling a tallboy

Getting there…..  I decided that I liked the doors blue so I gave them another couple of coats.

upcycling a tallboy

The painting is finished.  All I have left to do is waxing.  It looks very “new” now and I can’t help thinking it looks a little too pristine, so I’m going to be using a mix of clear and dark wax.

I highlighted the carved flower motifs on the mouldings in white with a dry brush.

upcycling a tallboy

I couldn’t resist adding some decoration before waxing 🙂   Now it’s nicely waxed, aged and distressed.  A bit like me really 😀

upcycling a tallboy

upcycling a tallboy

 

 

 

Apr 042016
 

A couple of months ago, I painted the doors and drawers of my pine dresser with “Antique white” chalk paint, with the intention of adding some decoration.  Today, I found my “roundtuit” and here’s the result 🙂  Although it doesn’t show in the photograph, the waxing has toned down the white, giving it a nice aged patina.

I like how the roses on the doors mimic the pattern of my Royal Albert “Old Country Roses” pieces.

At some point, I’ll be clearing all the shelves and will paint the backboard to match.

painted dresser

Apr 022016
 

I have a stash of these little plain wooden boxes ready for decorating.

This is a “Tea box” with compartments for different flavoured tea bags.  However, I’m going to use it to store my bits and pieces like hinges, metal corners, hasps etc.

painted box

 

painted box

I deliberately made the inside paintwork patchy

 

painted box

Close up of corners

Mar 262016
 

Prettying up an unpainted mini chest

painted mini chest of drawers

Paint colours used

painted mini chest of drawers

This is very similar to Ikea’s “Moppe” chest but there are slight differences.  The Moppe chest has solid back panels on the drawers, whereas this one has circular holes (as shown in the top middle where I turned it around).  I wasn’t too happy when I found out, but that’s what happens when you buy from Ebay and they don’t show everything.

painted mini chest of drawers

Holes drilled for the knobs and the outer case painted in Antique White.

 

painted mini chest of drawers

Painting finished

The 2 lighter drawers have had some antique white added to the blue.  These will be decoupaged with paper napkins.

painted mini chest of drawers

Newly glued and waiting to dry before sealing.

painted mini chest

Well, this is great!!  I used an acrylic sealer over the decoupaged napkins, and after a couple of hours drying I applied the Antiquax that I used on the rest of the drawers.  Look what happened!!   A subtle Crackle effect without using my crackle glaze.  LOVE IT!

painted mini chest

The finished project

The last 2 things I did before waxing was to apply a floral waterslide transfer to one of the smaller drawers, and then dry brushed a darker blue onto the middle drawer, then sanded back to distress.