Est. 1998

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DECORATIVE  IDEAS

 

Interior Designer, Specialist Paint Techniques & Artist

 

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Hi my name is Denise Hardy and I love everything in connection with the home i.e. Interior Design, Hand Painting Furniture, Decorative Painting Techniques and Art.

 

I live in Alicante, Spain with my husband in a beautiful villa which we both love and work hard on making it our home.  I have been established in creating beautiful homes since 1998 and never get tired of doing what I do. 




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Dresser Painted in Annie Sloan's Arles

This piece of furniture started off in Pine.  It need to be updated and given a new look. i.e. I used Dulux Quick Drying Eggshell - this is how I do this technique :-

Firstly, I applied 2 coats of Zinsser 123 Primer - I use this primer as it has a 'Stain Block' and it does not show any 'bleed through' when painted I leave this overnight for drying.  The next day I applied 2 coats of Dulux Quick Drying Eggshell, also leaving overnight.  I also replaced the knobs with some beige pottery ones.

When using Dulux Quick Drying Eggshell you do not need any other 'finish' on top as this is one of the most hardwearing paints on the market.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any pictures of when this Dresser was in Pine - as last year, I had to purchase a new laptop because my old one 'conked' out on me and I lost a load of pictures that I had stored on it.  So, I thought I would show you a couple of pictures of when it was in situ a few years ago of when we were living in Ireland and one just before I painted it in AS Emperor's Silk and of course the 'Afters' re-painted in AS Emperor's Silk.

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I have this Dresser now on my top balcony at our villa in Spain.  We have just finished re-painting the walls white to brighten it up a bit, hence why I wanted/needed to re-paint the Dresser. I don't like to see cream furniture against a white wall, so all depending on the colour of the furniture I also paint a wall accordingly or vice versa - change the colour of the furniture.


When changing this dresser to AS Emperor's Silk.  I cleaned and gave the dresser some sanding.  Then I used the Emperor's Silk straight on the dresser using two coats of paint.  Then I decided I didn't want it quite as bright so I used a black glaze on top of it.  Rubbing it on and rubbing some off to give it a little depth.  


To make the glaze I use a clear glaze and some artists black paint and mixed together.  I used about 4 of the clear glaze and 1 of the artists black paint.


You will also see that I 'changed out' the knobs - from beige pottery ones to glass hearts.

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This Summer I decided to change again the colour scheme on our Top Balcony and decided to paint the Dresser again in Annie Sloan's Arles.  I just wanted to brighten the colours and not to have too much red as the sofas and chair upholstery are in red too.  I don't about you, but I love changing colours etc - I soon get fed up with looking at the same colours.  So you will see below how it looks in the ASP - colour 'Arles'  -  I think this looks a lot better as it's a lot lighter and brighter colour - what do you think?

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You will see below some more photos of the Balcony

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PINTEREST ready - Please feel free to PIN

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