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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Small Grey Side Table - ASP in Paris Grey


This 'side' table was originally mahogany and quite badly damaged.  It had a hole in the middle of the top - although I don't know why I can't quite make it out and the legs were in very bad condition as you can see from the photos.

I picked this up in a second hand shop in Spain for 25 euros and knew that it would go in my newly painted lounge and coffee table I painted a couple of weeks ago.

First of all I filled the hole in the top with some filler and then sanded the whole table with 220 grit paper.  

I then put 2 coats of Zinsser BIN 123 primer on both the top of the table and the legs and left it overnight.  The next day I put 2 coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Grey - just on the top and let that dry overnight - I had other ideas for the legs and obviously couldn't do anything with those until the top was dry.

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 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 or do something slightly different to some pieces of furniture instead of just having it 'plain'.  So the next day I applied Liberon Silver wax with a soft cloth to the legs. I then buffed them up with another clean soft cloth to give them a nice soft sheen. 

I also decided to do something more to the top of the table and used a stencil purchased from Royal Design Studio called 'Foliate Damask'.  The size was 16.75" wide x 16.75" height (single overlay)  You will find it here. https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/foliate-damask-wall-stencil.  The cost was $38.95 which I thought was quite expensive and because it came from America I also had to pay 'Customs'.  It is rather large though and can be used for lots more projects.

used a large stencil brush which I also purchased at the same time from Royal Design Studio, although I have a few brushes, this one is quite large, which is very handy when working with large stencils.  I then gave the top of the table some protection and used two coats of Polyvine Acrylic Varnish.

After a couple of days I decided that perhaps it would be a good idea if I had some glass on the top to give it even more protection.  I sellotaped 2 pieces of newspaper together and placed the table upside down and used a marker pen to draw around the table to make the pattern and had the glass cut to the shape of my pattern.  The cost for this was 10 euros but well worth it specifically because of the shape of the table - you will see it is quite an unusual shape.  Although, after saying that, with the glass on top you can't see the stencil as clear as without the glass - but hey ho I would rather the table be more protected.  Or.... who knows I may take it off at some point.

Just a little 'snippet' I thought you might like to know - while I was painting I had a little visit from an 'unusual friend' - it was a dragonfly and I quite like dragonflies they can be really pretty so I thought I would take a photo of it.


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Completed Table without Glass

Completed Table without Glass

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My Unusual Visitor Who Popped in while I was Painting

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PINTEREST ready - Please feel free to PIN

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See Below For More Projects I Have Created

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