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 Rustoleum Chalk Paint - Winter Grey - 25th August 2017

This piece of furniture belonged to my Mother-in-Law, which she very kindly gave to me.  It is called 'Strongbow'  and is made of solid Regency Mahogany, it still has the 'Strongbow' badge inside the top drawer and is very heavy.  All the drawers have 'dovetail' joints and the top drawer has baize inside to protect your cutlery.

I applied 2 coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer/Sealer and 2 coats of  Rustoleum Chalk Paint.  I have already used Rustoleum paint on some other projects and like to use it.  I chose the colour of Winter Grey.

TIP - when using Chalk Paint I personally like to add small amounts of water.  As all Chalk Paints I have used are rather thick and when it is watered down it flows much easier and personally it looks and feels better.  Just go sparingly with the water, as you don't want to go too overboard with the water so add little by little. You can always add but you can't take out!!  It is much preferable to have two thin coats than one thick!

I always like to add some depth to the furniture that I am working on and don't like to use clear wax to a piece, hence I make my own glazes etc.  I had been shopping a few weeks ago and saw some coloured waxes, which was in Leroy Merlin's in Spain and thought perhaps I would try this and see how I go.  It was made by Liberon and I bought a silver colour.

Once the primer and the chalk paint was applied,  I used a soft cloth, rubbing the silver wax on but then taking a lot off. Then I buffed the Dresser up with a fresh piece of cloth to give it a nice soft sheen and an 'antiquey' look.  I decided to make the drawers slightly darker than the rest to give it a little more character.

 

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