Sunday, 27 April 2014

Shabby Chic Furniture Makeovers.

Hello again, another week already gone by. Another trip to the hospital, this was not what I was wanting to happen, but I have got an infection in the ears, so we have a very handy drop in clinic which runs from 7am till 11pm and I'm on antibiotics now.

Enough of illness I'm fed up with it, so you all must be too.

In between the Shabby Chic mode continues. This was a set of plain "Oak Effect" coffee tables, stained on top through years of use.

They have been painted with Annie Sloan French Linen, then washed over with a thin coat of cream.

Next stage is to decoupage the top with advertising pages from Echo de La Mode 1901.

 The cream paint is mixed with water to a very thin consistency and brushed onto the paper then wiped off quickly. A two stage crackleure glaze, again Annie Sloan, is then put on the top of the paper and paint.

 I am at the experimenting stage so have gone for it on these, with areas of thick and thin crackleure to see what effect I like best.

Dark wax is then rubbed into the cracks. If it becomes too dark you use some clear wax to wipe the dark off. Two coats of wax on top with a polish between each.

 The middle table top

 The smallest table top.

The finished waxing, dark, clear and the paints both showing. I have yet to polish this set up as its very damp today and the wax has not cured yet.

A lot of stages to these but as I am working on about eight pieces at a time, I can swap from one to the other whilst drying goes on. 

Next is a plain old Commode, I have the bucket to go in this. It is a heavy china, light grey colour glazed one with a patterned lid. Pictures of it when I have finished.

 Because of the use as a commode I have covered all the inside with a 1900 hymn book pages. These are fab to use as they are yellowed and the paper is really thin. So a lot of cutting and pasting. I used Winsor & Newton Matt Medium from the more expensive range with black lids. Usually I use Heavy texture gel from the Galeria range but the shop was out of that.

 Again I have used French Linen, but here you can see it with no wax on. Once the paper is dry I mix French Linen paint with Matt Medium and some water then brush onto the paper and wipe off until I am happy with the result. More drying time, many cups of tea later.

I have used the paper napkins again from Ikea. I love the way you can still see the music through the rose.

 Some not so well stuck paper but by the time the crackleure goes on you wont notice :-)

The inside of the lid, really pleased with this. I used one of the title pages and placed roses all around.

So that is as far as I have got this week. I am waiting on a delivery of more crackleure glaze and have treated myself to a Liberon Polishing Brush for my drill. This will be used on the wood parts only as I fear it would shred the paper.

Working on these pieces I am using my collage skill and acrylic painting techniques combined with the Annie Sloan paint. I should have got more done but I have to keep stopping because of temperature and still a bit under the weather.

Tonight I am going to have a nice cuppa and skip on over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week.


  1. Fabulous make-overs...lots of work, but so worth it...
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
    Hope you feel much better very soon,

  2. Wow this is so clever! Thanks for sharing! x

  3. Good to read about your work again, glad you are feeling better. Very interesting to see how the process goes - they will be beautiful items when finished.

  4. Sorry to hear you've had another health setback, but on the plus side these tables look great! x

  5. Wow thats amazing x such a fantastic makeover, i'm jealous as upcycling furniture is something i'd really like to have a go at xx
    Hope you feel better soon x

  6. I love these tables, I don't have the patience for all the preparation so I admire so much those who do. I especially like the roses - beautiful.

  7. So sorry you still aren't feeling well--hope you get better soon.

    Love the make oves-very special.

    Chrissie x

  8. All your work looks fabulous, I hope you feel better soon.

  9. What gorgeous creations! I admire your skills in transforming furniture so beautifully.

    I hope you're feeling lots better soon xx

  10. love the crackle effect - sounds labour intensive, but worth it if you're doing a few things at the same time, and the tables look brilliant. I'm a big fan of napkin decoupage, always trying to stick them on old bits of furniture! So many fab ones to choose from - and the rose is perfect over those old hymn book pages.

  11. hi i tried to send this earlier, but it bounced back as undeliverable . . .
    so if you get it 2x delete one, would ya? hope you are well.

    lot's of steps but the results are terrific!
    ps: i am lovin' the commode . . . what is a commode anyway?

    1. hi it's me again. got your message - thanks for stopping by.
      and i only got it once. that's the same thing that happened to me. . . weird
      BTW i don't know what i was thinking, of course i know what a commode is - i guess i was just having a senior moment....LOL

  12. Love the crackle, never seen it done so well. They look fabulous Joan. Love, love love the old French magazines, not quite so sure about the roses....


Your comments are all read and appreciated. Hope you will forgive me if I miss commenting on your comment, I will be busy doing art :-) x Joan