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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Marble Top Chest of Drawers Painted in Rustoleum Chalk Paint - Winter Grey and Chalk White with Silver Wax

I purchased this chest of drawers from a secondhand shop in Spain.  It's made of solid oak with 'dovetail' drawers and was in fairly good condition.  It was just needing some TLC and some updating.


I used 2 coats of my usual Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 primer/sealer.  For me, this is the best on the market and sticks to anything and you get no 'bleed through'.  I painted 2 coats on the base of the chest in Winter Grey and used 2 coats for the drawers in Chalk White. 


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!

The thing is with me I always like to add some depth to a piece of furniture.  I don't like to use clear wax to a piece of furniture, hence I make my own glazes and use different coloured waxes.  I used Liberon Wax and purchased it in silver.

To give the base of the chest of drawers some protection I used 3 coats of Polyvine Decorator's Varnish.  The chest of drawers also came with a marble top, which I placed on top after the varnish was dry, which I waited 3 days to place it on top.  Although this varnish is very quick drying, I like to be on the 'safe side'.


Before I started with the primer,  I removed and cleaned the handles with some vinegar and then covered them with some of the silver wax.  I also applied the wax over the drawers - with a new wax brush I purchased the other week.  It is a great brush for applying waxes. I attached the handles and then buffed with a soft cloth to give the whole piece a nice soft sheen and an 'antiquey' look.  

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