Wednesday, December 21, 2011

291 Swedish buffet or credenza with chicken wire door panels and an 18th century antique look

Here is a piece that we designed for a client who loves the Swedish 18th century look.  Many layers of gently crackled casein paint and brass chickenwire do a great job of pulling off the antique thing.  Press this link for pricing and availability.  

The entire piece is made of solid poplar except for the curved panels on the sides which are plywood, and the shelves inside.  

Here you can see the many layers of paint, the subtle color variations between each coat, and some of the raw wood showing through on the "high wear" spots; also an "open joint" between the top boards. 

The paint is coaxed into subtly crackling here and there.  These are fake keyholes.  The doors are held shut by a brass ball catch at the top of each.  

Showing moulded detail along the door bottom and cabinet bottom.  The door bottom would be expected to show very heavy wear.   
Inside, showing shelf.  

Detail of the foot. 

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As always, custom sizes, options, colors available.  Email us for lead times and prices.  Here is a link to the price and availability on this exact piece.  

Friday, July 22, 2011

290 Swedish painted gilded trumeau mirror with antique finish and antiqued mirror

Here is a mirror that is supposed to have an 18th century Swedish appearance.  It has several layers of grey casein paint, and a nice dirty white in between the gilded moldings.  Press this link for pricing and availability.  
It is a newly built mirror frame of solid poplar and oak, with a newly produced mirror that has been aged chemically to look like an antique.  

Showing close view - the piece was to look aged and worn and just a little bit dirty.  

If you look closely you can see a few crackles, and what appears to be a loose joint.  The joint is actually tight but we have made a surface gap so that it looks as if it has dried out and opened up over the years.  

I love to study real antique mirror, and my technique leaves the end product looking much more mysterious and authentic than many examples I've seen on the market. 

A three piece, hand made crown adds some heft to the top, and this was given an eroded look as well as many "worm" holes.  

A close look will show the subtle differences in color of the several layers of paint, as well as the chalking and yellowing that may be expected on an old piece and which gives the color some softness and complexity.  Press this link for pricing and availability.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

443 Dual pedestal goblet base table with aged ivory paint

Here is a dual pedestal table that went to Wisconsin.  The finish was meant to look very aged and yellowed, particularly at the base, and was to have multiple layers of casein paint (of which, very little remained on the top).  

Showing details of the foot plate, at the floor -- paint was supposed to look very worn and heavily distressed, with lots of yellowing.  
Showing details near the base of the column.  

Shows pedestal detail at top. 

Top texture and color

Another look at the table against a dark background. 

More details on base.

This picture shows the joints between the top boards at the edge, and splines which hold them in place.  

Top details.  

Top finish, showing erosion of the grain and different layers of paint. 

"Worm" damage to the top, crackling paint.  

This shows how the trestle arms hold the top.  These are sliding dovetails which allow the top to expand and contract across the grain with the seasons, as all wood will do.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

408 Large Antiqued Floor Mirror in Aged Copper Frame

Another beautiful piece of furniture in Justin & Burk's shop in Portland Oregon; this floor mirror built by us. 

The frame has a simple profile and is finished with several layers of casein paint followed by a couple layers of aged copper leaf.  

Detail of mirror antiquing.  Close study of real antique mirrors and patient development of my process makes my mirrors look very authentic.  

Close view of frame in natural daylight.  A layer of gunmetal blue hides behind the copper.  You can see the greenish blotches from chemical "aging" of the copper leaf.  All layers are protected by a matte clear coat with a subtly crackled texture. 

Close view of frame under incandescent light showing layers of gunmetal blue and barn red paint, copper, and green copper "age".  

Another close view under incandescent light. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

398 White Painted Harvest Table, Hand Carved, French Country

Beautiful white painted cabriole dining table (newly built by us of course) sits in Justin & Burk's lovely shop in Portland, Oregon.  
Detail of leg and end apron showing hand carving and paint texture. 
The finish is built up of several layers of casein paint.  Casein paint sticks like glue, is rugged, has a great antique look, a wonderful sheen and feel, and can be coaxed into crackling perfectly. 
Close view of top texture.  
First layer of paint is a gentle olive green, next a dove grey, finally a neutral ivory white. 
At center of side apron. 
Photographed in our studio.
Another view
End apron view, showing square pegs, and detail.  The apron on this design is extra thick and this detail shows in a subtle way at the right viewing angles. 
End view.  
Top view; this table was more heavily eroded.  
Foot detail showing extra "aging" and "dirty" at floor. 
End apron showing square pegs and subtly crackling paint.  This paint is non toxic and food safe.  
Showing hand carving, aged effects. This particular piece went to live in Manhattan.  But Of Course we can do custom sizes!