Saturday, 18 February 2012

Art Deco Drawers - Refreshed!

Hello much neglected blog - It was my new years resolution to blog more but life just took over.  I'm feeling a bit under the weather today and have spent most of the day in bed.  However in the moments I wasn't coughing or hiding under the duvet feeling very sorry for myself I created this...  Hope you like.

I like the 20/30's.  In fact is there was an era that I'd like to visit just for a little while it would be then.  Lets skim over the bad bits and think of the fashion, the music, the furniture...   I saw this potential beauty in a charity shop that is literally round the corner from my house.  I'd been lusting after a similar one on eBay but a bidding war and hard times meant I had to walk away.  So when I saw this, despite it being a bit battered and bruised I snapped it up.  The lovely people delivered it in about 10 minutes!  And because it was a lazy rainy Saturday I got to work right away sanding and prepping the surface.

I LOVE painted furniture but sometimes I feel a teeny weeny but guilty about covering all that lovely wood that the trees worked so hard to produce with paint!  So I thought on this one I'd let some wood show through.  Arrrggghhhh,   After sanding for what seemed like hours and giving myself RSI, friction burns and losing three fingernails, I broke out the can Nitromors.  Now this stuff is practically radioactive but it stripped the nasty varnish in about ten seconds flat and let me get on with the real prettifying.

I used Annie Sloan's Old White, I still have loads left and I actually like the colour.  I ignored Annie's slap it on advice this time and actually used a primer because I didn't want any stains coming through onto the paint.  It had one coat of primer, two of old white and finally a coat of clear wax.  I'm in two minds if to distress it or not.  I love it but it won't fit into the little space I have for it :-(  So it might find its way onto that online auction sight...

What do you think everyone?  Please do leave a comment, they make me very happy ;-)

Before...  Uninspiring


Taaaaa  Daaaaaa!!!


  1. I can't believe it's the same piece of furniture. It's a shame that you can't shuffle everything around so it will fit in. Lots of work, but really worth it as it's fab.

  2. What a lovely job. I love it and the little blue chair! Hope you feel better soon.

  3. I love the things you have done and hope you have not stopped blogging. I just gave you "The Versatile Blogger" Award. Stop by and check it out.

  4. Beautiful transformation, I love your desk and chair as-well.