Friday, 4 July 2014

'Chippy Dressing Table'



I love it when I find a great piece of furniture - one that is:
A. Old and in great condition
B. Has all the original hardware
&
C. Has a great shape or design that makes it stand out.
 This piece had all of the above criteria, it's defining features for me are the original hardware and those cute 'heart cut outs' on the mirror supports.


The mirror is beveled and has a few age marks (which I love) with this in mind I decided this piece was going to get a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint make-over with no bonding agent I wanted it to chip away to it's hearts content - First of all I gave it a good wipe down with sugar soap - I use this in a spray version - it's easy to use - just spray on wipe wipe with a sponge - I lot of grime came off .
I used the colour 'Grainsack',  just 2 coats gave me the exact look I was after and it 'chipped' like a 'good'un' Once the paint was dry I gently sanded with a fine sanding sponge, and then finished with a coat of Polyvine Dead Flat decorators varnish.

I'm really pleased with this piece - the finish is really smooth,  I was very tempted to keep it, but I really don't have the room for it, so I whisked her off to Lovingly Made, where she is for sale in their Vintage Shop.
I styled the photo's with my bunch of 'Special Lavender' - I bought this bunch 2 years ago, at Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey - when my daughter Laura told me she was expecting a baby and I was going to become a grandmother! I now have the most beautiful Grandaughter - Lilah Jayne and very fond memories of that special sunny day, surrounded by Lavender having just been given the most wonderful news, a truly wonderful moment!
CJ

Linking to:
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

3 comments:

  1. That's a gorgeous piece, I can understand why you thought of keeping it.
    The detail and the hardware is so pretty and the chippy shabby finish is perfect, and your lavender story is so special, I get very attached to things too.

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  2. I was curious about your 'sugar soap' so I googled it and found the closest thing in the U.S. is the TSP that many seem to use to clean their furniture before painting. I haven't tried it myself, but I might have to one of these days. This piece is lovely! The pale grey is perfect.

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  3. love the makeover, so pretty, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

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