Archive | March 2014

Making the most of mistakes !

People often ask me if I ever get bored of painting furniture and there is a very simple answer to that NO.  Despite the fact that sometimes I find myself working with the same colours and even sometimes the same pieces of furniture over and over again.I never get bored. There is a very simple reason for this because despite whatever I have got on, commissions new pieces..I always have a little “project ” going on for myself . Generally these little projects are for my own pleasure and use but more often that not they are now selling. When I am playing around with techniques for my own pleasure it really doesn’t matter if things go wrong ….just like it did this week.

After discovering a little half moon hall table in a local charity shop I thought I would paint and decoupage for a different look.

Wood was prepared and painted Unique Vintage Clock tissue ordered and arrived and off I went. Positioning sticking and just getting it so……looking good, so beautiful vintage ceramic knob ordered to match …….Only the sealing to go….

and this is where the fun began multi tasking is a skill I do possess !! so whilst priming outside in the lovely sun I took on both tasks….brush in sealant tin and spread all across table insert…white drying transparent…..or so I thought I had inadvertently covered my beautiful vintage clocks in white primer not transparent sealant …… Feeling a little annoyed with myself I thought about this what should I do start all over…no and this is sometimes where the best ideas come from I let it dry painted in the amazing Annie Sloan Chateau Grey, lightly sanded it back and waxed and hey presto a lovely raised insert with the most gorgeous leathery feel.

Was it a mistake Yes did it work Yes Did it sell Yes …before the wax had even dried off

So thanks to Paula and Barry who popped in to pick up some cabinets and fell in love with it xx I shall be using this technique again .

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Busy with Black

For anybody who loves and restores furniture the enjoyment and satisfaction out of completely  bringing something back to life really has its rewards both financially and professionally and last but certainly not least least job satisfaction. The latter being my fuel for working on one of my latest projects.

Scurrying around auctions and charity shops is part of the job but also one of the best bits…you never know what you may find that will wet your appetite and on a recent venture to our local charity shop a pair of cabinets caught my eye. they were already beautiful in their own right very art deco which by chance is also one of my favourite eras. but time had taken its toll so more than a little TIC was necessary.

I hope I have done them justice I love them but happily they are already sold so I hope their new owners get to enjoy them just as much as I did doing them xx

A little low deco

A little low deco

Thats a nice pair of legs !

Thats a nice pair of legs !

Getting up !!

Getting up !!

grown a little !

grown a little !

Then with the magic of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint . a small tin of blackboard paint then a lot of waxing and huffing and buffing  and hey Presto ….black 2 black 1

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From Malaysia to East Yorkshire

This story started over 40 years ago when Tina lived with her husband and family in Malaysia. This beautiful furniture was made specifically for Tina’s home Well over 30 pieces, bedroom, dining, and living room pieces where commissioned and then eventually transported over to Walkington, East Yorkshire by container and ship when the family relocated back to Yorkshire nearly 30 years ago. Preloved has been asked to give the master bedroom furniture a new look and we started with a bedside cabinet. Tina is very happy with the end result in Chateau Grey so the rest of the bedroom will now be brought to my workshop for completion which i very much look forward to doing .

 

Before

Before

After

After

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Taking a Compliment !

It is always so lovely to receive positive feedback from a customer, kind words are lovely, compliments often stun me and being typically British embarrass me (it is generally accepted we do not take compliments easily)

“A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality,

Well believe this or not this is actually how a lovely new customer referred to my skills this week . Flattering as it is and always welcome I thought I would share what I had done that she felt warranted this lovely remark. I had before Christmas come across a mish mash of vintage pine tables and chairs… the chairs had to literally to be dragged out of my hands as I fell in love with them when I first saw them and that relationship then blossomed as I worked on them with brushes and the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(™).

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Chris you are a genius

Chris you are a genius

 

 

 

 

The end result was a beautiful mixture of chairs and a table which looks stunning in their new home.

 

 

 

 

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