Thursday, 8 May 2014

Art Deco Dressing Table - Painted Black & Gold

I had a few people look at this Art Deco set before any work was done - and chat about buying - but there were no takers.  A great piece of design but I think she's ready for brand new, more glamorous life now.

So here she is all dressed up in black and gold - looking faaaabULOUS!



Here's a reminder of the before.  Nice shape but frankly, a bit past it.  The walnut veneer wasn't in the best condition, a bit of sun damage and a few age spots. (That armoire lurking in the background is up next by the way)


I chose Autentico's Nocturnal (black) chalk paint and gave her a few coats all over. Here's the during stage - a total chalky blackout.


The handles were removed and given a bit of a refurb too.  They are the most delicious tortoiseshell/ butterscotch coloured Catalin (an early Bakelite plastic) and chrome.


The insides of the drawers are painted in a rich golden colour too.


Oooh la la :-)




I finished off with Antique Gold gilding - not too much bling - just enough to lift the whole design.  I wanted the shape and colour of the handles to be part of the new look - their beauty was lost in the walnut veneer, now they have a chance to really shine.



Lastly everything's been sealed with a wax varnish - it has a soft shine.  I tell you, I can't stop admiring her!! A really very striking treasure.










She's in the shop and ready for a new home now :-)