Coffee Table JAVA – Part 2 – Decorating using Self-Adhesive Stencil

From the very beginning the plan was to replace the glass top with a timber inlay that would fit flush with the steel frame. The issues I envisaged were: firstly, how to fit the new top discretely with no visible fixings, secondly, how to make it lightweight. Luckily, I found a piece of a 3mmContinue reading “Coffee Table JAVA – Part 2 – Decorating using Self-Adhesive Stencil”

Coffee Table JAVA – Part 1 – Rusted Metal Finish for a Rustic Look

I bought the fellow shown on the photo below in a charity shop at Stockbridge, Edinburgh and wondered what style it actually presented. The black steel frame looked a bit rustic but the glass top reminded me of a piece of office furniture rather, a total mismatch of styles. My first thoughts were: get ridContinue reading “Coffee Table JAVA – Part 1 – Rusted Metal Finish for a Rustic Look”

Console EL CAPITAN – Part 3 – Decorating with Gilding, Promotion and Final Assembly

My main worry regarding gilding the small finishing details was that the shade of gold on the painted strip would look different than that on the military emblem. For painting the gold strip I purchased Johnstone’s Revive Metallic Paint Gold from a local The Range store. I changed the routine this time, I ventured toContinue reading “Console EL CAPITAN – Part 3 – Decorating with Gilding, Promotion and Final Assembly”

Bench GATSBY – Part 4 – Distressed Finish and the Finale

The work that came next was not too exciting, just more masking. I taped the pink areas with low tuck masking tape. It is the yellow round box on the photo below, my favorite Frogtape Delicate Surface tape. I usually use this tape for most of my decoration jobs as it ensures very sharp edgesContinue reading “Bench GATSBY – Part 4 – Distressed Finish and the Finale”

Bench GATSBY – Part 3 – Water Based Clear Lacquer versus Oil Based Polyurethane Varnish

Hi, that was the day when I progressed to the decoration of my bench. I had purchased a set of furniture paints ‘GoodHome‘ from B&Q. I wasn’t quite convinced before I picked those but the fact which finally tipped the scales was the notes on the tins saying that the paints were made in Germany,Continue reading “Bench GATSBY – Part 3 – Water Based Clear Lacquer versus Oil Based Polyurethane Varnish”