Archive for December, 2014

Pretty Hall Table

December 19, 2014

Anna started work on this pretty little hall table back at one of our Websters workshops in May this year but never quite finished it. So I hauled it out one day last week and re-vamped it a bit and finished it off. I love how it turned out!
In the beginning it looked like this:
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It was pretty in it’s natural state, but it’s a reproduction and to me repro’s never look quite authentic so it was a good one to revamp. Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder was mixed with a lovely blue/grey Haymes paint  for the base coat then a lighter silver grey was dry brushed over it to add some flair. Extra dry brushing around the detailed areas gave them depth. 

The table was given two coats of L’Essentiel Clear Wax to seal the paint and for protection and a top coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax added an extra tone and depth to the detail.
I love the final result and now this table looks very CHIC.
It’s a little hard to see the dry brushing in the photos but if you’d like to take a closer look at the finish on this pretty piece, it’s now for sale at the Gallery & Bazaar in Cowes, Store 18 Coast & Country Vintage. Price $165
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When I saw this adorable little children’s bench seat on Ebay a few months back, I had to have it. It was too expensive but unusual enough that I decided to buy it anyway. It had awful ‘home done’ upholstery but the frame was so detailed that I could instantly picture it with a French Theme in a dark cream with antiqued details. Webster's Chalk Paint Powder I know some people will prefer it in it’s natural wood state, but  although it was pretty, I knew it could SING! I pulled off all the dreadful pink and grey upholstery (it’s a little hard to see how awful it was in the photo but believe me….ewww!) and mixed up a lovely deep cream coloured Haymes paint with some Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder to make Chalk Paint, and got started. As soon as the first coat went on I knew I’d done the right thing.One more coat of the cream and onto waxing. I have to say that waxing is one thing I used to loathe. Such hard work and I was never quite happy with the finish (a little streaky and uneven). That was until I discovered a little (but now growing!) company in Australia called L’Essentiel, who make solvent free (and gorgeous smelling!) waxes and decided to give it a go. I’ve heard people say before how harsh the solvent based waxes can be on your skin and your lungs and being an environmentally conscious kinda gal I was excited to find an alternative. I was sold from the very first try. One of the things I love so much about the L’Essentiel range of waxes is the ease with which they can be applied. Honestly they wipe on like butter. No elbow grease needed and best of all a lovely smooth finish…that smells amazing too. L’Essentiel waxes are chemical and solvent free and natural enough that you can use the clear wax as a lip balm (or even on your baby’s bottom I am told!). Ticks all the boxes for me! My children’s bench was given two coats of L’Essentiel Clear Wax and one coat of L’Essentiel Dark Wax, wiping off the excess and leaving it in all the detailed areas to highlight the nooks, crannies and carved areas. It gives the piece a delightfully authentic aged appearance that is very natural. What do you think? Cute huh!Webster's Chalk Paint PowderWebster's Chalk Paint PowderWebster's Chalk Paint PowderI chose a pretty French Script upholstery fabric for the seat and edged it with a dainty braid. From Country, to French, just like that! Webster's Chalk Paint PowderWebster's Chalk Paint PowderWebster's Chalk Paint PowderThis piece is the perfect size for two small children to sit and chat on and would make a fabulously unique photo prop. I can also picture a bunch of  Teddy Bears or Dolls sitting pretty on this bench. So many possibilitiesand I am pretty sure you won’t find another like it anywhere soon! The piece is rough sawn and rustic but smooth, solid and splinter free. It’s now available for purchase for $265.Footer