Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hand Painted And Distressed Small Furniture Forms

I'm not sure if I already mentioned this, but I have found a completely new passion in my life. Browsing in one of the furniture stores I came to the conclusion that none of the objects on display was worthy of my attention. Simple shapes, narrow selection of colour and plastic imitating wood. Maybe it comes from constantly searching for something which is not made by the dozen. Apparently I am the type of person who is constantly seeking change and cannot seem to sit still.

Several weeks ago I was inspired by a course in finishing furniture, and because I still had four weeks of holiday in my pocket, I bought a ticket and went without hesitation. I traded walks on the beach for workshops with paints and brushes.
During this accelerated course I learnt several techniques of finishing:

WHITE-WASHING FURNITURE OR BLEACHING 
(exposing the grain of the original wood )



         HAND PAINTED STEP STOOL


RUBBED FINISHES
(DRY BRUSHING)

 GREAT COMBINATION OF WHITE AND GRAPHITE PAINTS

SHABBY CHIC 



        WHITE SHABBY CHIC JEWELLERY HOLDER OR KEY CABINET 

AGING FINISHES 
(PATINA EFFECT)

PATINA EFFECT JEWELLERY BOX 
 WORN STEEL



         
Multicolour rubbing, the last technique I have learnt. This tray I have also decorated with a blue poppy rice paper.

MULTICOLOR RUBBING


In a week I will show you my first piece of furniture made using one of the techniques I learnt - or my creative interpretation of them.

By now I wish everybody a Wonderful and Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true.
As someone once said:
"Our wishes are presentiments abilities that lie dormant within us, announcements of what we can accomplish."

                                                                                           Johann Wolfgang von Goethe