September 15, 2013

Client Commission: Duchess turned Vintage Party Buffet

Hi there, tonight I've got a cute little makeover to show you - an old and tired duchess that has become a Vintage Party Buffet!
This was a custom job for my friend Hope who has recently started a photo props and party hire business called Vintage Filly Props and Decor.  She specialises in vintage and vintage-inspired style, and is building up a fantastic inventory, which I am proud to say includes a few of my pieces!

The duchess started out like this...a bit sad and unloved, and missing a handle:
The varnished finish was quite pitted and uneven but I decided to embrace this, and let it add to the shabby appeal.  
No point trying to make this piece perfectly smooth, that would just take the character away!

What I did to this piece:
- removed the old handles
- removed the mirror supports
- gave the whole piece a scrub down with hot soapy water and a scourer pad, then left to dry
- filled the handle holes that were no longer required (using 'bog' or builder's fill - my filler of choice)
- sanded the handle holes then wiped over to remove sanding dust
- applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg
- hand distressed using 240 grit sandpaper
- cleaned off sanding dust (I use an air blower attachment on my compressor, then a clean wet cloth)
- waxed with Annie Sloan Wax in Clear
- buffed to a lovely shine!

And here it is, ready for a new life as a party buffet...

Hope chose a great colour - this lovely Duck Egg can easily be styled up for a girl or a boy.

This shows the rustic charm achieved by embracing the old crazed varnish finish.  You've just got to work with it I reckon!

I believe that this piece is off to its first party next weekend...can't wait to see how they style it up!
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  1. it's a great use for those uneven topped dressers. Love the paint on the crackle. looks like alligator skin. well done. Karen. It's going to be so beautiful at parties.

  2. Love that colour! My 7 year old would love that :) xx

  3. I am actually do a similar one up for a cafe that is opening in our town in a similar colour, looks fabulous!

  4. ooohhh - I love all those crazed bits!!! And what a great idea to use it for parties!

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