Tuesday, January 10, 2012


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


  1. Beautiful!! I love how dramatic the black is! Good job. :)

  2. Good grief! That is BEAUTIFUL!

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! Just the right amount of antiquing, you did a marvelous job!

    Faye (MacGIRLver)

  4. I have one similar to this that hasn't sold yet. The top does have some water? rings on it. I've been thinking about painting it but was scared to ruin the antique look. Have to say, you have given me inspiration and trust. I think I can do this.

  5. What type/make of paint did you use ?
    It is absolutely beautiful - just perfect amount of distressing.

  6. Oh, my goodness!! Just saw this via Hometalk on Pinterest today. This is beyond beautiful! You truly have inspired ME!!❤❤


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