Two Toned Effect – Upcycled Oak Bookcase – Pierre

I bought this old oak (very heavy) bookshelf from a local vide grenier (loft clearance) in my local town. It was battered with bits missing; just how I like them. I was told that it belonged to the sellers grand-père (grandad). 

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

We were also told that the shelf had been treated for woodworm, which was confirmed when we were driving home and with all the windows open the smell was still unbearable.

I decided to name the piece ‘Pierre’. I decided to use a two-tone effect paint method, which uses two contrasting colours together.  For the base coat I applied Autentico’s Antique White inside and out.

I also used another method; dabbing glue onto various areas, which acts as a mask for the top layer. The idea is that it gives you an effect of aging, which would be hard to get with using just sandpaper. You can also use this method to achieve the chipping look. You can layer the technique between different coloured coats and that gives the impression that paint has been worked lose over the years. So, I applied the glue onto the Antique White in various areas, ideally around the edges inwards and other places of wear and tear.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

The Antique White had gone into some of the damaged areas and some were left exposed, with the dark oak still showing through. I wanted to respect and enhance the age of Pierre, rather than just paint it flat. I painted the top coat with Autentico Antique Turquoise (I love this colour), but left the inside white to show the contrast. I thought I could always repaint if I  did not like the final result.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

When it was dry, I rubbed the glue areas off to bring through some of the white (see below image). I then sanded the edges and where the glue had been to blend in.

I used a brown dark wax to enhance some of the edges to age them further and clear wax over the whole bookcase to seal, protect and enhance the colour.

 

I love the white peeking through the detail in different places and I think Pierre will look great in my new training room. More pictures to follow 🙂


1950s Side Table – George

After reading another blogger, who names her furniture pieces, I decided that this was a bit of fun and adds some personality and individuality to the items. So, rather than just calling it ‘a side table’, this little 1950s piece has been named ‘George’.

Anyhow, George was in a bit of a state and needed something doing to it but I just could not work out what. I stared at it every night, wondering what to do. Now, George could have been painted any colour and would have looked fantastic but he lives in my lounge, which is rustic with brown leather sofas, cream and burgundy walls. So, I was restricted as to what colours to use. Antique Cream would not have looked right nor would Grey. Burgundy would have been overkill with the walls. I did decide however, that whatever the colour, the top needed to stay natural wood, as it matched the colours in the room perfectly.

So, George finally went from the lounge to my workshop and there he sat for a few more days. I then stripped the thick varnish from the top with Autentico Bio Strip.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Stip

Starting to apply first coat of Autentico Bio-Strip

I had seen Bio-Strip demonstrated at my Autentico Stockist day and knew it worked well on chalk paint. But I was pleasantly surprised at what an easy job it made of removing the very thick coat of varnish.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Strip

Varnish coming away after first coat – Autentico Bio-Strip

I applied two coats of Bio Strip and, voila, all the varnish was gone. What is even more impressive is that this product is water-based and free of solvents.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Stip

Applying first coat of Dark Wax to natural wood

Once the top was dry and cleaned, I applied two coats of dark brown wax and now I absolutely love the finish. I always try and keep a balance of natural and painted wood, so I was really pleased that this worked so well.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Stip

Top of table with two coats of Dark Wax

I finally chose a colour and applied one coat of Annie Sloan Coco to the base. I bought this pot when she first launched her range of chalk paint and thought the colour worked really well, in contrast to the natural dark wood top. I sanded down the edges and corners for a slightly distressed look and applied dark brown wax to highlight the grain of the wood.  To finish and seal, I applied Autentico Clear Wax, which added more depth to the finish.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Strip

Side view

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Strip

Side View

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-StripI also used the Bio Strip inside the drawer, as there were various old sweets stuck and dried on it. Again, I left the product on for a few minutes and it scraped off easily. I then lined the drawer with a napkin that had lots of brown tones.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Strip

Drawer lined with a flower napkin

I dressed George with one of my upcycled jars, decorated with a French Café and Legumes typography transfer and added a little bouquet for good measure.

1950s Upcycled Side Table - Autentico Bio-Strip - Upcycled jar decorated - French café and legumes typography transfer

Upcycled jar decorated with French ‘Café and Legumes’ typography transfer

George is now ‘part of the furniture’, as they say, and just perfect for my cuppa in my lounge 🙂


My Little Green Table

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover

SIDE TABLE BEFORE

I had a small, mahogany coloured table made out of chipboard, which was damaged in a few places, so it could not be sold. However, it was so cute, I decided to paint it and put it outside on our balcony, next to my French vintage daybed. It is perfect to place drinks and magazines on, whilst enjoying the sun and the views.

I had a sage, vintage paint pot from ‘The London Vintage Paint Company’. I thought that sage would be a great colour for this table makeover.

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover

SIDE TABLE PAINTED WITH TWO COATS

I painted it with two coats and once dry.To finish the table, I  sanded some of the edges and slightly distressed some areas.Because the table was going outside, I sealed it with a coat of clear wax and then some dark grey, to further age and distress it.

I currently have the ‘stencil bug’. I must admit though, I was never really a stencil person until I tried out the decal stencil process. Now, I am hooked and stencils look great and convert a normal, everyday object into something quite striking (as long as you don’t go over-the-top). You can read more about my stencil projects soon. I enjoy doing them so much, I am running a new workshop to inspire others. So, back to my table where I could not resist a little stencilling and used two types of french vintage typography.

After preparing the decal stencil I cut around the letting as close as possible. The stencil is then placed in the position with pencil markers.

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

APPLYING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

SOAKING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER

The stencil is then soaked in water for a few minutes and placed in position on the table.

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

APPLYING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER – FIRST SECTION

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

APPLYING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER – SECOND SECTION

This next image shows the second section ready in place with the backing being removed.

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

APPLYING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER – SECOND SECTION

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

APPLYING A FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY TRANSFER – WAITING TO DRY

Finished transfer in place.  When the area is dry it is ready to be sealed with a clear varnish to protect.

London Vintage Paint Company, Chalk Paint Project, Side Table Makeover, Water Decal Stencil on chalk paint projects

PROJECT FINISHED AND IN PLACE ON MY BALCONY

I also still have so much paint left from this little sample pot, I need some more projects to use it on; perhaps a nice pot or an ornate picture frame. I shall keep you posted.

 


French Armoire Makeover

I love French Armoires. So far, I own two. One is waiting in my bedroom to be upcycled (with nice double-mirrored doors) and the other one has a loving home in my kitchen. The one in my kitchen had a single large mirrored door, so, I thought it would be good idea to experiment a little with it. I had seen lots of Armories (Hutches, as they are known in America), with chicken wire replacing the mirror door. I thought this look would be great in my French, country style kitchen.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

BEFORE AND AFTER – KITCHEN ARMOIRE MAKEOVER

Mr H pulled one of those faces, when I asked, “Can you help me remove the mirror and replace it with chicken wire” but when he was assured that it would look great, Mr H helped me start the makeover process.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

REPLACING ARMOIRE MIRROR WITH CHICKEN WIRE

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

DAMAGED DOOR JOIN

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

 

After the mirror was removed (wow it was heavy), from the door frame, it was easier to work with but it did cause a few problems with the joins coming apart in the top left corner. I guess the piece was so old it did not like being disturbed and the glue had dried out over time.

I made my own version of homemade ‘French Grey’ chalk paint and started painting. I was actually painting the Armoire whilst the kitchen was also having a makeover. So, there I was, backwards and forwards, working on both the kitchen and the Armoire.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

ARMOIRE BOTTOM DRAWERS

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

FIRST COAT

Next the area was prepared for the chicken wire to be placed (see top image for process). This turned out to be a bit trickier than I thought, but with patience, it was now firmly in place and I love the whole thing. In fact, the finished door with the wire looks better than I thought possible.

I knew that I wanted a heavily distressed piece and I had been inspired by some pieces edged with white, so I decided to try this technique.  I dry brushed all the trim with my homemade vintage white chalk paint and then blended in with the distress process.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

APPLYING WHITE EDGING

The edges, I thought, worked really well in the white and enhanced the angles of this fantastic piece of furniture. I sanded and distressed it in places and when I come across parts of it that I did not like or I had gone a bit overboard with the distressing or the edging, I just topped up with grey or white, where necessary.

Mr H then drilled holes in the door and top drawer and fitted small, ornate door furniture left over from another project. For me, it just finished the piece off and they look as though they have always been there. And, of course, makes the drawer easier to get into.  We also put a handle on the door to make it easier to open.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

FITTING DRAWER FURNITURE

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

DRAWERS AFTER DISTRESSING

I used Autentico Grey Wax to distress further and sealed the coats for protection.  Next, the damaged areas were glued and clamped to set. It is not perfect but to me it adds to the vintage charm.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

REPAIRED CORNER

I then saw some wallpaper in my local DIY ‘Castorama’ store and thought it would look great in the back of my Armoire. This was tricky, as the back had panels and of course, the paper was not wide enough. So, I stapled and glued the paper and was really happy with the result.

WALLPAPER ADDED TO BACK OF ARMOIRE

I also wanted to paper the front of the small drawers but I could not remove the drawer furniture and rather than force and damage, I decided to paint them vintage white, which I think works well. I prefer the white to the grey.

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

DRAWERS PAINTED GREY

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

DRAWERS PAINTED WHITE

What is great, is that this unwanted and unloved Armoire has become a versatile piece of furniture that stores all my kitchen crockery and pans. The drawers hold all my baking tins and trays and it is a centre piece in my kitchen.

Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

ARMOIRE WITH CHICKEN WIRE

There are two further top sections to the Armoire. I decided not to use them for now, as there was not enough room where I wanted the Armoire, but will keep them safe as you never know.  Another small job is to cut some ply to cover the top and then it will be finally finished!

French Armoire Kitchen Makeover, Chalk Paint, Painted, Annie Sloane, Autentico, vintage, distressed armoire, Vintage Grey

FINISHED 🙂

I look forward to working on my bedroom Armoire next (minus the chicken wire) 😉

 


French Renaissance Henry II Style Buffet Makeover

ANTIQUE FRENCH RENAISSANCE HENRY II STYLE BUFFET MAKEOVER

BEFORE

We found a beautifully ornate, French Renaissance Henry II style Buffet. It stood 7ft tall and the only words that sprang to mind were, “Wow, this is one epic piece of furniture”.  Luckily, it would fit in our dining room, as we have a converted barn with very high ceilings. The piece was in a bit of a state. The wood was warped in places, full of woodworm holes and basically needed a lot of TLC. But I knew that I could make it look fantastic and look great in my French style, vintage dining room that I was slowly creating.

Planning and Preparation – I got to work cleaning, getting rid of the musty smell and treated it all for woodworm (a must, as we have exposed, oak beams). Once the buffet was dry, it was left outside in the autumn sun to get rid of the smell. We bought it in with the help of our builders, as it weighed a ton!

I decided on the colour and thought that Vintage White would look fantastic with my French vintage theme. I had a look on my favourite resource ‘Pinterest’ and put together some ideas for a mood board. I thought of painting it grey. I was not sure, as I already had the colour in my mind but thought I would give the grey a try, as it could always be painted over.

I guess this is where my enjoyment of making my own chalk paint began. Being confronted with a 7ft piece of furniture to paint, I researched and experimented with different recipes, until I got the right consistency and then got painting.

ANTIQUE FRENCH RENAISSANCE HENRY II STYLE BUFFET MAKEOVER

BUFFET BASE – FIRST COAT

Painting – Once it was painted … it was certainly GREY. I loved it but not in my dining room. The grey in the daylight looked great but as night it seemed really blue.  It did not feel right and made the piece look too gothic. Although, it was a great colour choice for our Halloween dinner party.

ANTIQUE FRENCH RENAISSANCE HENRY II STYLE BUFFET MAKEOVER

PAINTED GREY

So, the next day, I began repainting with Vintage White. I mixed the colour I wanted, which was basically like Annie Sloan’s Old Batch, an off, creamy white. As soon as I started painting the base, I loved it and I knew I should have painted it this colour from the start.

ANTIQUE FRENCH RENAISSANCE HENRY II STYLE BUFFET MAKEOVER

SECOND COAT OF WHITE ON BASE

SECOND COAT OF WHITE ON BASE

FRENCH BUFFET MAKEOVER

SECOND COAT DOOR – BUFFET BASE

I finished the piece but it still looked too gothic, so I decided to remove the top two doors, which had odd, soldiers’ heads on them (scroll up to see an image with them in). I then removed the back, ornate spindle section and instantly, it felt more modern and less gothic.

FRENCH BUFFET MAKEOVER

Finishing

I sanded down the edges and created some distressing, where I felt it would enhance and age the piece. I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax but it gave more of a brown tinge. So, I then used my Autentico Grey Wax, which worked perfectly to give me that darker, almost black look that I wanted. I then used black acrylic on the handles and sanded them a bit to age them.

I loved my buffet makeover but started to see some orange bleeding coming through the white. So, I put Autentico primer/sealer on the patches, re painted and that worked perfectly. My next project will be to finish lining the draws and possible put some paper at the back, behind the shelves.

I will now work on the rest of my one euro each chairs (blog post coming soon) and paint them Vintage White along with my ‘epic’, twelve-seater table.

ANTIQUE FRENCH RENAISSANCE HENRY II STYLE BUFFET MAKEOVER

BUFFET MAKEOVER WITH CHAIR

DINING ROOM TABLE - NEXT PROJECT!

DINING ROOM TABLE – NEXT PROJECT!

I also have a new edition which I have just finished (and another blog post coming soon), a beautiful Queen Anne style sideboard to add to my dining room makeover (including dust!)

FRENCH SIDEBOARD

FRENCH SIDEBOARD MAKEOVER

 

 


Oak Hall Console Table

This lovely hall console table was tired and urgently needed a makeover.

Planning and Preparation After my initial preparation and planning, I did some research to get inspiration and loved the examples I found of pieces where the wooden top had been left natural and waxed. This look, combined with a vintage, creamy white finish, would give the table the country look I wanted.
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