Cashmere love.

Cashmere + Sideboard = always a classic combination.

This custom restyle was painted in van Gogh's Cashmere overall, then mildly distressed and given a beautiful finish with both natural and french caffeine beeswax. 

The hardware was painted out in van Gogh's Mascara and also mildly distressed. I love how this charcoal black colour adds some instant drama to any piece!

The top of this piece was sanded right down to the bare wood and given an instant (and gorgeous) restyle just by using the van Gogh french caffeine beeswax! We did this on another piece recently too, if you're interested in reading more about how to do this, check out our previous post here.

We also recently restyled this coffee table and side table using van Gogh Cashmere. These tables were also mildly distressed and given a protective beeswax finish on the sides. The tops of these tables however were given 3 coats of the van Gogh Table Top Finish for extra durability.

What do you think? Do you have a piece you would like us to custom restyle for you? If you do, contact us to find out how.

Antiquing the details - a 3 step guide.

Hi there! Here's a quick tutorial for you on my favourite way to use the van Gogh french caffeine beeswax.

Let's start with this cute little side table. First it was given a good 'scuff' to rough up the shiny surface. Next it was van Gogh painted in 'Patina', and finally it was given a mild amount of distressing using a fine sanding block. It looks pretty good as it is, but I know that adding some beeswax to highlight the details will make it look a lot better.

Step 1: is to add the 'natural' beeswax overall. I like to use my large wax brush for this. As you can see in the picture below I have added the natural beeswax to the left door. The natural beeswax doesn't change the colour of the paint, it just adds a bit of depth and a smooth gorgeous layer of protection.

Step 2: is always a little scary at first. Before I even bother buffing in the natural beeswax, I take my medium wax brush and add french caffeine beeswax to all the details I want to highlight.

Here's a close up. Don't be afraid! That beautiful layer of natural beeswax that you put overall first is going to ensure that the french caffeine beeswax sticks only where you want it (in the nook and crannies to highlight the details and character of your piece.)

Step 3: is where it all comes together. Take a clean, dry, lint-free t-shirt rag and buff all the beeswax together. Make sure to remove as much wax as you can from the flat surfaces and leave the french caffeine wax built up in the details. This is what helps define the character and creates interest in the details. Just look at the difference between the left door and the right door - the left side has so much more character!

Here's a close up after the beeswax has been buffed. See how it's still built up in the nooks and crannies - really defining the details?

And here she is all finished!

And some glorious details (of the details, lol):

We also painted the hardware on this little table using van Gogh paint in 'Cashmere' - a beautiful soft colour that pairs well with almost everything! To read more about painting out your hardware, check out this previous post.

What are your thoughts? Do you love the french caffeine beeswax as much as I do?

Cashmere, Morning Mist and a whole lotta wax.

If you've been by the studio recently you may have seen these pieces on display in our front window. . . the only thing is, they didn't look like this:

The sideboard as displayed in our window, looked like this:

I honestly had a  great time working on these pieces. The customer who brought them in to be custom restyled was excitable and enthusiastic. We collaborated together to come up with this look and I think they turned out great! It was my customers idea to leave the top in the solid wood and to enhance it using our van Gogh beeswax in french caffeine . . . and I think she made an excellent choice! I love how the dark wax enriches the colour of the wood.  

Here's how we did it.

First we sanded down the sideboard top to expose the bare wood, which as you can see was quite a light colour to begin with. 

Next I got out my van Gogh French Caffeine Beeswax and my medium wax brush - which I never wash by the way (I just wrap it up in a small plastic bag so it's always ready to go).

This part gets a little scary. I started brushing the dark wax all across the top of the sideboard. 

Once I had covered the entire surface I took a clean lint free rag and began to wipe away the excess. Whenever I apply the dark wax I keep buffing and keep moving to a clean area of my rag until almost no wax transfers onto the rag at all . . . the results - beautiful!

Here's a closer look at the before and the after.

In addition to the beautiful top, this sideboard also had some really great details! After painting and lightly distressing overall I applied van Gogh's Natural beeswax overall. Then to really make the details stand out, I went back and applied the French Caffeine beeswax to all of the nooks and crannies. After buffing the entire thing the look was complete.

Here are some more of the details: 

Oops! Let's not forget, there was also a beautiful hutch restyled to match!

These pieces were both painted with van Gogh's 'Cashmere' overall and 'Morning Mist' on the drawer fronts and interior of the hutch cabinet.

The inlay inside the hutch was not removable without potentially damaging it so we left it in place in its original colour - I think the dark inlay actually ties together the dark top of the sideboard and all of the original hardware, don't you?

A few more details:

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