Friday, February 1, 2019

My favourite piece this week

Hi everyone, how glad is everyone (in Sydney anyway) for the cool change that came through last night. The world’s weather is mad :)

I wanted to share a lovely antique cedar blanket box I painted and sold this week. My favourite piece of the week. It was made by the Ed Roos Furniture  company of Illinois USA in the 1920s and if it was in good condition these have been valued over $1000 US. However when I bought this piece, someone had already removed much of the peeling veneer. I sanded it all smooth and then gave it a good coat of Zinseer BIN primer. I painted this in a lovely putty chalk paint and then I stenciled a damask pattern on it to replicate old faded wall paper. I sanded it all over and sealed with clear wax. 

I have wanted to do a piece like this since 2017. When we were in Italy a couple of years ago we stopped for lunch at the tiny hill top town of Orvieto, famous for the black and white striped church.

While we wandered through the cobbled streets trying to find some shade from the searing heat,  I saw a blanket box in a (unfortunately closed for summer) furniture shop that I loved and used it as my inspiration. I managed to snap this photo through the window. 

I also finished a few other pieces this week. A vintage oak filing cabinet that had seen better days, now deep navy with antique gold hardware. 

And a vintage bow front chest of drawers now cloaked with peacock chalk paint - I’m delivering this to my customer Simon this morning and hope he loves it.

I also sold this very old and very beautiful chiffonier as is which is always great when it happens. I was thrilled not to paint this piece as the patina on it is charming. A lovely narrow piece that would be great storage in a hallway. 

I have a few more pieces I am hoping to share today. Thank goodness it’s a bit cooler to work.
Have a lovely day
Fiona XX 

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