Thursday, July 16, 2015

Black, Black and more Black Painted Furniture


Well the kids are happily back at school after lots of fun on the school holidays, the house is very quiet without them and I am back into the furniture painting. I have been working on a custom job for a lovely couple who are moving from their family home in Mosman to a place close by the beach in Manly. They have a lot of colourful furniture from their travels but in the new house they are having a monochromatic design so I have painted eight pieces for them in black and white.

This old desk had been stored in a shed for years and was fairly dirty and water damaged. I did a lot of sanding to prep it for paint. I love how it has been transformed with the black paint. Such a beautiful low sheen on these pieces. I'm very happy with how they have turned out. So are my clients fortunately :)



The chinoiserie console below will be used in the house's entry hall - it was a traditional red lacquer. I didn't take before photos of this job but I think everyone knows the style of these.



There were also three Balinese cogs that are used as side tables. These were timber and some needed fixing as the cog parts were loose. I just liquid nailed them in place. Pictured also is a huge bell that I spray painted black. The bell was red and blue and heavily distressed. Not the best photos of it all but those cogs weigh around 90 kilos each so I wasn't moving them far for a special photo.



These drums below were bright yellow with green and red on them - I handpainted a primer coat and then sprayed the top coats. there were many many coats of white paint to cover up all the strong yellow paint. These drums will have a glass top made for them and will be used as bedside tables in a white coastal style bedroom. When the house is all styled I'll hopefully be able to share some photos with you.



I also have some beautiful black bedside tables to share (already sold) but I'll leave that for another post. This weekend Phil and I will be making some quince paste from those quinces. Good to be able to fully utilise the photo props!



If you want to learn more about getting a beautiful finish with black paint read here.

how to paint furniture black like a pro


I'm off to have coffee with a vintage loving friend then to pickup a fantastic hall console from Paddington. I'm really excited about this piece - I've only seen it in photos but I think it's going to paint up very nicely.

Fiona xx

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9 comments:

  1. I painted an old chest for a friend in Graphite and after I was finished, I wondered why I don't paint everything black! I think it's my favorite color! I think every home should have at least one painted piece of furniture! :)

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    1. I agree Robin, I started painting a console today and I so wanted to paint it black also. Love it!

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  2. You've been so busy. It all looks amazing. Love the black.

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  3. You have given me a great idea...our villa in Portugal is typical with lots of pillars and arches but we have 5 floors in this house and on the lowest floor we are building an entertainment area out of a bedroom we took out and the bar area that was already there, its the whole floor, so we have added a kitchen too (remember it was originally an old hotel). We are having the walls plastered in white, white bar with black granite top and shelves, kitchen white cabinets, red glass splash back with the black granite work tops. We wanted it to be 60's retro but with some contemporary style black painted furniture is a great idea cause i don't like new furniture!

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    1. I love the idea of black Di, it's so classic and timeless. go for i! (and it goes with everything!)

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  4. I have a bedhead to paint black. Is it possible to get low sheen black paint. What brand did you use .

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  5. I have a bedhead to paint black. Is it possible to get low sheen black paint. What brand did you use .

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    1. Just go to your local paint store and have a look what's available

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    2. I am just not sure what blacks paint i used in these as its a while ago but you can definitely buy low Sheen or satin black

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