I was "kind of" "talked into" buying this unique table (thanks Sandy!) ;).
I didn't really know how I felt about it. Neither here nor there, I guess. It's very unique but the whole cherry/gold thing was throwing me off, along with the base and the gold feet. I guess I was just thinking, "It's really not my thing." But, no matter, she gave it to me for a good price and I was happy to take it off her hands for her.
I thought I knew what I was going to do with it right up until I got my paint out. Then I totally changed my mind and went in the complete opposite direction. AND, am so glad I did!
Btw, this is just a reproduction so I didn't have any qualms about painting it (as if I ever do, ha!).
I was going to do it antique white, with a dark top, and do the feet and "strings" in ORB, but decided I wanted it to look a little moodier.
I ended up mixing what I had left of my Ash from Fusion Mineral Paints with my stock black from SW. It turned out to be a very dark graphite, which I am loving more and more. It's not as stark as black which I'm liking.
I did prime it in black though, so when I distressed there would be some variation in the color. It was still lacking a little something so I got out my gilding cream! It's hard not to go crazy with this stuff! I love how it glides on and how you can manipulate it with dark or clear wax. I just played with it until I had the look I wanted.
You can see the contrast of the gilding creme on the middle here and then on the base below.
I sanded the drawer fronts down to the bare wood, then dark and clear waxed them. I love the grain in cherry and I absolutely love the contrast with these awesome library pulls from D Lawless Hardware. You really should check them out if you haven't yet. They have a wide selection at really good prices.