Commission furniture painting project -cream sideboard

We normally have a stock of unpainted furniture ready for commissioning. Rebecca asked us whether we had a sideboard and this is what we presented her with:

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Rebecca needed to use her vision here as we knew that this cumbersome art deco style sideboard needed a lick of paint to brighten it up. Rebecca chose a grey/cream colour and we set to rejuvenating this lovely hand carved piece. Definitely one of our biggest transformations the sideboard was barely recognisable:

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We gave the sideboard a coat of wax and distressed for a rustic country look which brought out the hand carvings beautifully. We retained the original brass handles painting them to tie in with the rest of the piece. We even lined the drawers with this gorgeous French style fabric.

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Rebecca was delighted with the end result, a huge difference between its previous dark appearance.

Our commission furniture painting service available across Nottingham and Derby. To enquire about our current stock of unpainted furniture or if you have a piece you’d like us to look at contact us we’d love to hear from you!

Commission furniture painting project – white distressed bedside cabinets

Sarah-Jane was moving house and had been given a set of bedside cabinets, but they didn’t match any of the decor. These bedside cabinets were solid wood but modern pieces of furniture unlike the majority of projects we have undertaken so far.

bedside cabinets before painting

Sarah-Jane was after a rougher finish therefore we painted both cabinets with a wax/white chalk paint mix, distressed and finished off with another layer of clear wax for sealing and protection. Sarah-Jane didn’t want the handles replacing however we suggested we painted them to blend in with the rest of the piece.

Sarah-Jane was so pleased with her bedside cabinets and now the match with her new home.

bedside cabinets after painting by the little handcrafted company
We offer our furniture painting service across Nottingham and Derby, contact us for more information or a personalised quotation. The majority of the time we can provide a quotation based on pictures.

Commission furniture painting project – graphite coffee table with white underlay

Liz was so pleased with the nest of tables and China cabinet we painted for her that when her mum offered her an old coffee table she accepted knowing she was going to ask us at The Little Handcrafted Company to paint it for her.

coffee table before painting

Her living room was silver and black and Liz had already decided she didn’t want everything to be too ‘matchy’ therefore we suggested a graphite chalk paint teamed with white to give the graphite a lift as this was quite a dark room.

A dark, uber shiny piece however excellent quality, we painted an underlay with white, painted graphite over the top and once dry sanded through patches to reveal the white. This made a lovely, unique effect. We then waxed the table all over to seal and protect the finish.

Liz was over the moon with her new look coffee table and the fact that she has another unique piece of furniture that nobody else will have, her mum even joked that she would have the table back!

coffee table after being painted by the little handcrafted company

We offer our commission furniture painting service across Derby/Nottingham, contact us for more info or a personalised quote.

Commission furniture painting project – grey distressed nest of tables

Jack painted his nest of tables first white, then grey and still wasn’t happy with the colour. The grey had a tint of blue, Jack asked us to take a look though the colour and different layers of paint may not be very clear from the picture.

nest of tables before painting

Our grey chalk paint is simply grey with no blue whatsoever, we painted all tables neatly. Distressing was a lot more difficult than usual due to the number of coats of paint applied previously therefore we had to use a power sander. We then varnished the tops as Jack needed a tough finish as the tables are used regularly.
nest of tables after painting by the little handcrafted company

The nest of tables now match in well with Jack’s living room. We even painted his pine mirror to match! Not only do we receive requests to paint bare furniture but we also get asked to look at pieces our clients have attempted and weren’t quite happy with.

We offer our furniture painting service across the areas of Nottingham and Derby, contact us for further information or a personalised quote.

Top pick – Nordic style Christmas bunting

On our stall we’re well known for our bunting. Decorate your home with a vintage country twist this Christmas with our fabulous bunting.

9 double sided flags approx 7.5 x 8 inches each, with bright Christmassy red and alternating Nordic style snowflakes will make any home look festive and classy.

What makes our bunting special is that it has 2 looks in one with the reverse side being all red which means you can also use it for other occasions!

Available now via the The Little Handcrafted Company online shop or in person on our stall.

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Lovingly made on our sewing machine for extra durability to be used time after time.

Commission furniture painting project – yellow steps

Emily had decorated her lounge with yellow as a feature colour. We’d already painted a clock and side table in this colour as well as a sideboard in white.

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Emily also had a set of steps which she wanted tying in with her yellow colour scheme. Emily has 2 small children one of which uses the steps to access the kitchen sink therefore we painted the steps with chalk paint and used an extra tough varnish which would repel the hot water.

This lovely, sturdy set of steps now ties in beautifully with Emily’s colour scheme!

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We offer our commission furniture painting service across Derby/Nottingham, contact us for more information or a personalised quotation.

Commission furniture painting project – yellow clock

Emily had decorated her lounge with yellow as a feature colour. She asked us whether clocks are in our repertoire and we said yes!

ordinary clock before painting

Clocks are a good way of tying in feature colours without having to commit to large pieces of furniture.

As we had already painted Emily’s side table we went for the same yellow chalk paint and solid full colour finish with slight distressing.

The end result showed an ordinary clock being transformed into a cool, contemporary piece which fitted so well into Emily’s colour scheme.

clock after painting by the little handcrafted company

We offer our furniture painting service across Derby/Nottingham, contact us for more information or a personalised quotation.

Commission furniture painting project – white, distressed sideboard

Emily had recently decorated her lounge and her sideboard just didn’t fit anymore. A lovely, solid piece, replacing this sideboard was out of the question.

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Emily’s newly decorated room features yellow as a statement colour. As the sideboard was such a big piece we all decided painting yellow had the potential to be a little intense therefore we opted for an off white chalk paint to give her a more timeless look.

Having two young children, Emily opted for a distressed look and rougher finish which would be forgiving from any accidental marks and scrapes which would add character rather than ruin the finish. To get this rough finish we combined wax with the white paint to create a thick wash which we applied 2 coats. We also varnished the the top of the sideboard as Emily requested the toughest finish possible.

sideboard after painting by the little handcrafted company

When painting furniture, oils or old varnish from the wood can make their way to the surface as did with Emily’s sideboard, however sometimes it’s not worth fighting these characteristics as these can form part of the piece. Some light brown blemishes appeared through the paint but these actually gave the sideboard a lovely antiqued appearance which complemented he distressed look we were going for.

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Emily was delighted with the end result which not only looked fantastic but also made the room look lighter – here’s a picture of the sideboard in use!

sideboard in use

We offer our furniture painting service throughout Derby/Nottingham, contact us for more information or for a personalised quotation.

This fortnight’s top pick – beautifully upcycled foot stool

Is it a foot stool or is it just a stool? You decide! A lovely little versatile piece which has been painted grey, varnished and topped with a beautiful damask fabric.

The great advantage with this stool is that it also has built in storage making it perfect to conceal any clutter!

You can use a little imagination here as besides the obvious choice of propping your feet up whilst you watch TV, the lid is also padded allowing the comfortable use of the stool as an occasional seat, or ladies, why not apply your male up in comfort and use the stool it in your boudoir? The stool teams perfect with a dressing table for a chic look.
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We’re happy to answer any questions about this lovely piece, get in touch via info@thelittlehandcraftedcompany.co.uk

Commission furniture painting project – grey distressed China cabinet

Liz’s gran had left her a China cabinet which she had fond memories of as a child being the ‘sweetie cabinet’, Liz saw the sideboard we painted for Becky via our Facebook page and hoped we could make this cabinet sweet again as the yellow wood didn’t fit in with her home decor.

China cabinet before painting

We had already painted Liz’s nest of tables so we decided to paint them the same colour on site at Liz’s home. As the wood was such lovely quality we decided to paint the China cabinet roughly so that some of the wonderful wood would show through. We distressed the cabinet just as we did with the nest of tables and finished it off with the same varnish. We opted for keeping the same handles however we painted over them to match and sealed them with varnish.

China cabinet after painting by the little handcrafted company

China cabinet in use

We offer our commission furniture painting service across the Derby/Nottingham areas, contact us for more information or a personalised quotation.