Another great find. What I love about it? Everything! The detail, the shape, the feet, the mirror... I really like the look of a few pieces of furniture I've seen at Hobby Lobby-black with a pretty heavy rub through. I've been waiting for the right piece to try it on and when I saw this I couldn't pass it up.
There are tutorials all over the internet on how to do a rub through. I used denatured alcohol and 0000 steel wool. I really like how it turned out and it was a lot less labor intensive then distressing with a sanding block (which also has a tendency to go all the way down to the bare wood, which I didn't want). I loved the tone of the wood on this before I painted and wanted that to show. Tip: don't rub too long in one spot, because once you break the surface of the paint it comes off fast.
Did I mention my foot fetish?
I was afraid if I painted this black I would lose some of the detailing, but I love how some of it is subtle but still noticable, and then other parts just pop.
This really is a beautiful piece of furniture. Pics don't do it justice (it's either the camera, the lighting, or the photographer!).
color = stock black in enamel from SW
clear coat = varathane in semi-gloss
46" W x 18" D x 71" H