New Arrivals in our Waiting Room

Two vintage Bureaus waiting for you

New arrivals in waiting room

Edwardian Bureau with a bookcase and a small bureau for shabby shic restoration

Hi there.
We have put our hands on two new pieces – Tall Edwardian Bureau and a small bureau with four drawers

Perhaps it is something you were looking for?

Edwardian Bureau for shabby chic makeover

This Tall Edwardian Bureau is waiting for Shabby Chic Makeover

Vintage Bureau for shabby chic restoration

Small Vintage Bureau waiting for Shabby Chic Restoration

How to Apply Large Water Decals – video tutorial

New tutorial on our new website

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Applying large Water decal (A3)

Hi again.
As we slowly implement large decals to our stock (size A3) we decided to create a tutorial showing advantages of big size.
It is fairly easy to apply large decal, just have a look at the video attached.

Please note: slowly we move our print transfer stock to http://bigbitestudio.co.uk, we are more concentrated on that platform, then on Touch the Wood. Big Bite Studio will be a website entirely dedicated to print transfers. Continue reading

Italian Beauty – Shabby Chic Makeover part 2.

Vintage Italian Furniture Upcycling – again

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Furniture Makeover – Shabby Chic Italian Beauty

It has been a while since we posted first part covering our commissioned work with a charming Italian furniture. We are really happy that our client came back to us with some even more pieces to restore in a shabby chic style.

This time we would like to present you some furniture we have done recently for our nice Italian couple.
First of all, after we have delivered the card catalogue, we put our hands on a very handsome bureau with a French twist. The piece (as all of them) was in a really good condition, made of solid wood with working locks and really cute legs.
The pictures below show how the piece looked before our loving touch.

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Custom Edwardian Bureaus Makeover

Antique Edwardian Furniture Makeover in Shabby Chic Style

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Custom Makeover: Tall Edwardian Bureau with Print Transfer

Some time ago we were approached by lovely lady. She was an archaeologist looking for a tall bureau with a bookcase. We have pointed her to a classy looking Edwardian piece sitting in our Waiting Room and she accepted this!

(See the picture below for ‘before / after’ impression.)

Tall Eduardian Bureau - before & after - custom makeover
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Shabby Chic Back to School – Vintage School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage Shabby Chic School Desk Makeover

Vintage School Desk Commission for a Shabby Chic Makeover

We, as parents, are all relieved with a new school year beginning. Children, on the other hand, are not happy at all. Perhaps it is a good idea to sparkle their life with a Shabby Chic bits of their own history? Such an idea got to us a customer with old, rusty, old-fashioned school table – with a request for makeover for 11-year old daughter.

 

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Shabby Chic Bureau no. 26 – Paris Blue with Butterfly Print

Hotel Papillon: Vintage Butterfly Print Transfer on Upcycled Bureau

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When we found this bureau it took us a while to make up a plan for the makeover.

Kat came up with an idea to use new shade of blue, which would be soft and pastel match nicely with the graphics we printed to line down the bottoms of drawers. The theme is PARIS.

We mixed together ‘Luis Blue’ and ‘Paris Grey’ from Annie Sloan’s pallet to find the perfect shade which we called ‘Paris Blue’.
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How to make Shabby Chic Furniture #2: Texture – VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to create rich two colour texture

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Creating Shabby Chic texture on furniture

Finally we have found some time to put together video tutorial on the technique we use for creating texture on our furniture. This video corresponds with an article we posted long time ago about comparing textures on two shabby chic nest of tables.

We had quite few questions regarding this technique, so there it is – a visual explanation. We hope you will find it useful.
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Water Slide Decals: Transfer Complex Print to Furniture – VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to transfer big and complex print with water slide decals

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Water Slide Decal Print Transfer to Furniture

We have a lot questions regarding our water slide decals and techniques we use to transfer prints with them. That is why we decided to make a video tutorial on this subject.

In fact this is the last part of tutorial on making Shabby Chic Furniture with print, however we starting to publish it backwards. The next part will cover the methods we use to make a texture using Annie Sloan’s chalk paints. Continue reading