A pretty little early 20th century two drawer oak veneer chest. I painted this in Antique White emulsion and added a lovely stencilled frieze of vines and birds of paradise in grey. You can also see a vintage oval mirror painted white with stencilled grey roses and an awful lot of candlesticks, but then as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many…(my house is a fire department inspector’s nightmare).

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The details on this table are delicious! I’m not sure how old it is, probably not as old as it looks, maybe early 20th century. I wanted it to look as though it had been sitting in a French manoir for centuries. It has layers of grey and white and lime wax and some of the wood showing to give it a weathered look. Perfect for pretending you picked it up in a little brocante in Provence!

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A lovely French style buffet sideboard. I painted this in Annie Sloan French Linen and then a top coat of Antique White emulsion so it is predominantly white with a hint of grey, then it was lightly distressed and waxed.This is a really well made, substantial sideboard from Younger’s, the range has some name like Phillippe de Fontanelle or Louis de Bouffe (I’ve forgotten but I think there’s a label somewhere!) Anyway it was obviously designed to look very sophisticated and French.

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Finally got a picture of the front of the Victorian chair, see what I mean about the carved details?

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This Victorian chest of drawers has been given the ‘lace’ treatment on the front of the drawers. The base colour is Annie Sloan duck egg and the lace design is in white. I guess this is a marmite piece – you either love it or you hate it! I think it looks amazing and fortunately a lot of people seem to agree with me. One thing that is in no doubt is that it is absolutely unique and will probably remain so as I rarely do the same design twice!

This is a reproduction Regency serpentine style console/side table that I have painted in Annie Sloan Country Grey (a super versatile colour that goes with nearly every other colour on the planet). I added some contemporary clock knobs just to mix it up a bit as I’m a big fan of the eclectic look. The lines of this piece are just lovely and would compliment  any interior.

You can also see the back of a painted Victorian chair which has been reupholstered with Prestigious’ Berkeley Square fabric. Pity you can’t see the front as the carving is fabulous! I’ve distressed the chair quite heavily to highlight this. I love this mix of old and new, not least because it means that antiques can sit comfortably with contemporary furniture.

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More from the London hotel chain, this time a desk/side table. I think it almost has an oriental look about it. I painted it in Annie Sloan Country Grey for no particular reason other than its one of those colours that blends with anything so you could put this anywhere in the house. I added a vintage handle which seemed to suit it better than any of the contemporary knobs I tried.

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This oak dresser also dates from the 1920/30’s but the design echoes back to the Georgian Pot Cupboard. It was painted in Annie Sloan French Linen (I tend to get a bit obsessed with certain colours and finishes and this paint is definitely one of those colours!). It has been lightly distressed and waxed to give it a durable finish and I added the clock knobs to give it a bit of a contemporary twist. This really has the wow factor, I know this because our customers are giving it a lot of love at the moment!

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This started out life as an early C20th oak veneer bureau/bookcase but through the magic of paper and paint has become a unique designer (well designed by me) statement piece! It was painted in Annie Sloan French Linen which tones beautifully with the contemporary wallpaper by Arthouse, it also has new ceramic knobs. What’s not to love?

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An early 20th century mahogany veneer tallboy, painted white and distressed. This has lovely detailing on the doors and provides really versatile storage. It’s the kind of piece that I can see suiting so many rooms, obviously bedrooms and bathrooms spring to mind but it would also look great in a hall or landing, or how about storing china and linen in a dining area? You can pack a lot of stuff into this without taking up too much room space.

Either side of it are shelving units. One is a little vintage corner unit which is meant to be wall hanging but looks quite cute sat on the floor, painted in a mix of greys and whites. The other is a waterfall style pine shelf that has been painted a mid grey then whitewashed (I know I just can’t help myself at the moment – everything looks so good with this finish – if you stood around my workshop for any length of time you’d probably get the same treatment!)

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