Tuesday, March 16, 2010

From Old and Shabby to New Shabby Chic

This piece was brought in for me to paint. It is from 1913 seems like I am getting lots of very old furniture in to paint lately. Unfortunately this one had been painted more than once and then the last person put a glaze on top of it, not very well because it was rubbing right off.

It had this amazing mirror with it. The customer took the mirror off before they brought it to me so I was left wondering just where the mirror itself went into this piece. There were little brackets on the back to hold a mirror. I am guessing that the original mirror fit into the piece at the bottom because there is a space where one could rest. The mirror maybe even was curved. That mirror was lost, broken or discolored and the more recent owners just put a mirror on the back. Therefore I painted all the exposed wood so however the new mirror went in all would be covered.



Here is the vanity after a fresh coat of paint and some even distressing and then just a bit of colored wax to give it some character. I also suggested crystal knobs for the piece as it had miss matched knobs.

We took something that was very old and shabby and made it more uniformly Shabby Chic!

I'm seeing Checks and Dots and Flowers!!!

This chest was consigned at the shop. A customer bought it and wanted me to paint it. The only instructions were to keep it white and add black and make if Funky. Well that took some thought.

Here it is in progress

Here is the top done

This is the finished piece

I'm seeing checks and dots and flowers!

The Old Secretary

Here is a very old Secretary that the shop got in a few months ago. It was a dark wood then painted red, then painted grey? I know who would do that??

Here is it after we painted it white then put on a colored wax. We decided not to distress it cause of the colors under the white. Both would show through when we sanded down the white. You would see gray then red then the wood. Pretty colorful, but it would not fit into to many peoples home decor.

I think it turned out pretty nice.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Table and Chairs

Table and chairs are hard to find used and in good condition. Here are 4 chairs and a table and they are French no less. Very popular now days.

Here are the before.....

Here is the after...... just like the little secretary we used the off white paint and clear wax over the distressing.

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