28 March, 2009

Hi all.. this is a bit of test to see if I have fixed the image issue but mainly to show my bedside chest of draws for sale which are are now in Lacinda's shop Hume Cottage.
Doesn't it look geat all dressed up in her shop!

20 March, 2009

More pics

Vicki decided that she would dress the chest of draws to see how it would look in our house... "No you cant have this one dear ... we have no room" hahaha

Thanks for the nice comments i appreciate them guys!

Also I wanted to add, I again used bees wax as a sealer on this piece .
Can someone tell me how I can load these pictures so they enlarge when you click on them?
Its driving me mad!!
I already have started the next piece, I have sanded down the base of the table and its come up really nice. I plan to paint this all white and shabby, the next couple of tables I do I'm thinking of using a different colour than the normal white used on French Provincial Shabby Chic furniture.
All you Shabby and furniture people out there are probably already aware but did you know that traditional French Provincial furniture is somewhat different to how we know of French Provincial furniture being?
I will post some pics, although all white shabby furniture is rare and most traditional decorative country pieces are either a very shabby coloured piece or are aged raw timber.
To this I have some really good ideas up my sleeve for future projects using colour aging and decoration depending on the piece.

19 March, 2009

Latest piece

Hi all,

Finally finished the chest of draws ... yeah yeah I know I said a week before but things happen and more things happen then you have to go here then there... then the week has gone.

Here it is!

Tell me what you think?

It didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted as I had to use a paint I was not used to.

It was painted in enamel and I prefer to use acrylic, so ended up using a mat white enamel but it didn't do exactly what I wanted but I'm still really happy with it anyway.

Originally the draws were painted black, this created the problem of when I rubbed it back and shabbied it up it would have brought the black through. So I stripped all the black off and started again with an enamel primer before the top coat.

Lacindas humecottage crystal door handles look fantastic and tie in nice with the Queen Anne legs and pink girly draw liners.

This one is for sale at $120

These are my next projects a nice solid round table.

Then my biggest challenge yet 6 ornate French Chateau style chairs.

06 March, 2009

Chest of draws

Hi all,

My next project is this small chest of draws with queen anne legs.

It looks original and is solid.

This one requires quiet a bit of work although I plan to have it done in one week. The main reason for long time is because I have to order new (porcelain) handles for it.

It should look quiet nice when finished and could be used or placed anywhere. I actually thought it would look great sitting in the lounge and being used as a table between two chairs or lamp table.

The colour will be in a semi gloss or mat finish enamel white and although not yet sure of the final finish I am thinking distressed or shabby again.

I was going to do this one full gloss white without the distressing although after closer inspection of the piece decided it would look far better this way.

Thanks for all your encouragement and lovely comments on my work I do appreciate it.

If someone is after a dresser and missed out on the last one I will be doing a bigger one next!!

So if your interested let me know as I can do it to order etc.

05 March, 2009

Its finished!

Hi all, Its finished!

I finished off the pine dresser today! After locating some new latches for the doors and draw liners that I have also installed in the bottom shelves I took some pics this afternoon and I'm happy with it.

I ended up giving it three coats of paint in total which included two coats of flat white and one in a home made cream colour that I made up. I distressed it and rubbed it all back giving some age look then finally a coat of beeees wax.

Lastly I fitted some draw liners and placed them on the shelves as well as in the draws, then scented with Rose Water.

What do you think? We want to sell it as we have way too many of them so if you or if you know anyone that is after one let us know. I also can send high res pics to anyone interested.

If your interested it is for sale at $120.

Next piece is already started, its a small chest of draws fitted with slim draws that I plan to fit crystal or porcelain handles to.