Project Shabby Chic Dresser,

Summer Last year i went out in search of a beautiful Dresser where i can display just a few of my Vintage Tea Cup Trio collection. In a way i was searching for a new project, a furniture piece with character.

So i researched a little more about yards sales and garage sale outlets in London, did a lot of leg work visiting them,  in the process i found amazing things- (this tends to distract my initial objectives- which is, finding a dresser). As i continued my search, about to give up, a pre-loved chest drawers caught my attention, i just went over  to see and touch as you do, i decided to enter the store to find out what else they’ve got (i was looking for a dresser- what the hell);…. then, hidden behind all the old furniture, i spotted this tired dusty book shelf, with beautiful detailing. I asked the Shop owner if he could kindly move the other pieces of furniture so that i could observe it properly, my heart was racing.

Looks like it had a few owners and each one of them painted a layer of paint over the old one; dresser ended up with at least 4 layers of the stuff, i don’t even think they used the right paint i.e. for wood. The shop owner was offering a throw away price for it and even offered to deliver it. 

After the dresser was delivered, i wiped it clean and was ready to set it up, with no intentions of painting it, But then an idea sprang into mind,- i could actually spruce it up a little,  maybe decorate it as i did the Picture Frame .  
I drew up a plan, went shopping for supplies at my favorite stores:- Here’s what i got
B&Q: Low Odour White Spirit 2ltrs. My previous one ran out and i needed more for future projects i decided to go for the big popa. ;), Plastikote Metallic- Gold colour, Steel Wool
Homebase: Quick Dry Satin Wood, Buttermilk (for wood and Metal), Gold Acrylic enamel paint for crafts, Colron furniture stripper
Wilkinsons: New brushes,  Wilko’s own MDF Sealer/primer- it has low odour, its quick dry, can be used on wood. 
I started by applying the paint stripper which i had used before on previous projects like the picture frame. Guess what… after leaving it for the recommended hours non of the paint was barging, apart from a little bubbling on small parts the dresser. Colour me Baffled; I applied some more since i did read some where that you need to reapply if there is more than one coat of paint. Went to check it after 3 hours, but nothing had shifted. I even tried using an electric sander, but this didn’t work.

Dresser was a discoloured white, with layers of green paint and more white,
this is how it looked after  the first paint stripper.

Went back to my work station & googled  more about paint stripping. after a while i found that  apparently some old paints are hard to shift, and re-application would do the trick; i had no intentions of buying more furniture stripper- one was almost £10 and i had just used up two so far . To cut the story short, i found this paint stripper called Peel-Away which was amazing for getting rid of old paint quickly and safely especially the dreaded Lead based Paint  which is poisonous and was banned in the UK in 1992.  Peel away is also very useful when stripping paint from covings or wall decorative molding. There are two type: Peelaway 1 for multi-coats especially lead based and Peelaway 7 best for any paint coating. I ordered samples and tested both on the dresser; the peelaway 1 worked best, stripping off all the layers of paint to bare wood. Marvelous.

Peelaway paste on dresser & Peel away sheets
to cover the past so that it doesn’t dry to fast
I ordered a 5kg tub, which comes with free peel away sheets, to cover the stripper whilst it does its magic, a spatula to apply the it onto furniture and neutralizer.. Two hours later, i begun scrapping off the peelaway which came off with all the layers of paint, leaving just the beautiful bare brown wood. You can imagine how happy i was. Next step was cleaning the stripper off then applying diluted neutralizer. I left it to dry over night then cleaned it some more using some spirit, two hours later on goes the Primer from wilkinsons , it dries clear and cost effective- i used this because i didn’t want any imperfections showing through after painting.

Dresser Ready for Primer and Paint.

Although i bought the dulux satin wood (buttermilk) from Homebase, the test patch dried a cream with shade of green, so i went to Wilko, and found their version of Quick dry satin in magnolia – it was on BOGOF hence cost effective and the test patch dried a delicious cream colour. Just last minute i decided to use a roller instead of a brush; i had used a roller before to paint a wall loved the results plus using a roller halved the painting time. Using the roller to paint the dresser was brilliant, the paint job came out really professional, neat, no brush strokes. 3 coating of paint and it was done. I was very happy with the results.

The After Pictures

I love the detailing on the Dresser: 😀 xxx

Hmmm Ignore the delish bottle of Ginger Liqueur
from Lyme Bay Winery 😀 Got it whilst on wkend away at Hadrians Wall

And thats a wrap, Looking forward to sharing more Shabby Chic DIY Projects. xoxo


Beautiful Antique (W&HS EP) Silver Plated Tea Set

The Set

Hi Vintage Collectors,

Lovely Thursday isn’t it? 
I can not believe how quick the week has gone. i hope you are all enjoying yourselves. it might be dull outside but its not that cold and its not raining :D. 
I am also really happy because i have some more invites to some vintage events. Busy Bee- that’s how i roll and i really enjoy them, its amazing the things you learn and find there that i love sharing with everyone. My family got tired of me going on about this things … Hence the blogging… :D,
I would like to share with you a few more of my #VintageFinds or #AntiqueFinds, that i bought during my Car-Booty visits a while ago, i meant to blog it but i have been a little rushed off my feet. This particular find is a Gorgeous silver plated footed Tea set comprising of Tea pot, Milk jug and Big Sugar bowl. I found it at the well known Capital Car Boot in London.  I love the way all three items have ornate feet and intricate leaf patterns on the body, its absolutely stunning. I was quite surprised no one had bought it before me since it was towards the end of the car-booty. According to the seller a lot of people were asking about it. I did see similar Tea-Sets on eBay, unfortunately other bidder won the auctions. I was hopping to get it for less, unfortunately my bargaining power was low that day, I can still say it was a fair price.
I can’t quite see clearly the Stamps on the back,  but i think it reads as, ( W & H S EP England 1395 1/2 ) on both the sugar and milk jug, the stamp on the teapot -(W & H S EP 1395 1/2 4 – inside an oval shape there is the words Patent no.19759 Handle). What i know is that the marks show that the teaset is manufactured by Walker and Hall Sheffield and EP- means that it is electroplated i also know that George Elkington and Henry Elkington were awarded first patent for electroplating in 1840s. I am hoping to find more information about Set.
Walker and Hall Sheffield Silver plated Tea Set
beautiful patterns on feet,  arm and pot itself

Sugar Bow

Milk Jug

Please feel free to comment if you have seen another Tea Pot Set like this one or if you know more about the  Year according to the stamp. You can also share more about this on Twitter @JiJJysMaison or Facebook @JijjysMaison


The Classic Cloche Hat

The Cloche Hat was invented in 1908 by a milliner called Caroline Reboux; the hat was made out of felt so that it conformed to the shape of the wearers head. It became popular around the 1920s until around 1933. The name cloche is derived from the french word Bell.

Cloche hats made a full comeback in the early 20th century, couture like Lanvin and Molyneux designed their cloches to match their designs. Just like in the early 19th century the Cloche hat shaped hair styles. The Cloche hat was designed to be worn on the forehead with the wearers eyes just below the rim of the hat. Year after they designed cloche summer hat which were made out of Straw or Sisal.

Usually the cloche was plain but could be decorated with appliques, they say that the different ribbons fixed on the hats indicated different messages about the wearer, for instance:

Arrow like ribbon meant a girl was single but her heart is with someone else.
A firm knot meant a girl was married
A flamboyant Bow meant a girl was single and ready to meet new people.

The Cloche hat keeps making a come back for instance 1960s, 1980s, 2007.

Pretty Cloche Hats by  Ziemska Art ( Etsy)

Angelina Jolie wearing a Cloche Hat in the Movie Changeling 2008

I want one, they are so pretty…. 🙂

Exquisite & Most Expensive Vintage Handbags to go on Auction

Any one looking for a stunning Vintage clutch or hand bag for this weekend? something exquisite that will complete you whole look. I tend to browse through Ebay, Etsy or Preloved to find something really unique and different.

Talking of Unique vintage handbags below are 5 most expensive Handbags that have been to Auction:

Designer Unknown: Leiber Precious Rose Bag $92,000
Designer Hermes: Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag $120,000
Designer Mouawad: 1001 Nights Diamond Purse $3.8million
Designer Lana Marks: Cleopatra Bag $250,000

Vintage Inpired Wedding Dresses

Today i want to share these stunning Vintage inspired wedding photos from WANT THAT WEDDING . the wedding dresses are very 1920s style, lots of Organza, lots of Sequinned and Pearls and Silks- The  ultimate 1920s glamour.

I love the 1920s- it is the decade when fashion took a bigger leap, liberating women to be more adventures and free of past restriction. The Bob cut Hair is also a major 1920s style, this is when women bobbed or cut their hair to allow the the popular Cloche hats to fit perfectly:

For the creative and adventurers bride a vintage wedding gives you the opportunity to instil your personal touch and present your guests with an occasion they will never forget. I know who I am going to for a vintage inspired wedding, when the day comes. Being in-love is such a beautiful feeling, a romantic vintage themed wedding would be just the icing on the cake.
Stunning images from Want that wedding.

Charming Friendship Bracelets & Key Chains

I was looking for a present to buy my niece, when on Etsy i stumbled on this charming bracelets from Shannon’s Handmade Friendship Bracelets. They are made by a Stay at home mum who has a gorgeous little  4 year daughter.

The bracelets are made out of Embroidery Floss. Shannon makes key chains, friendship bracelets also matching items for two friends. She gets the patterns from Friendship, you can also have one custom made. I find them really charming and thought, i must share this with you.
Here are a few more samples:
Penguin Matching Friendship Key Chains
A Pug Friendship Key Chain

Snoopy and Woodstock Friendship Bracelets

Vintage Moriage Roses 22kt gold

Now, I have not heard of this make and pattern before, its really pretty, has intricate patterns gilded in gold 22kt, Roses delicately painted on them. 

I love the mix of colours used on the flowers,- purple orange and Green. Also this is another footed cup;  

I will research more about this. If you happen to have any information on this patter and make please do not hesitate to share on comments page or Twitter and facebook. Collectible from Curiositeaz 

Moriage Roses 22kt Gold Trio

Stamp/ mark – not very clear.

Collectibles from Curiositeaz