Friday, 20 June 2014

Cosmic Silver - Vintage Tallboy Chest of Drawers Refurb

I just love bringing in the bling, but I really didn't plan this - it just kind of happened!


I picked up this lovely tallboy chest of drawers - the simple design and chunky brass handles caught my eye.  Very brown, boring washed up otherwise though.  Here's the before... see what I mean?


I stripped off the hardware and painted him all over with a 'Paris grey' chalk paint which is called Foggy Venice in Autentico's Vintage range. I was thinking about using a white chalk paint to contrast the drawers or introduce faux panels.


But my eyes kept being drawn to the silver powder I've bought to mix with my finishing waxes. So I took a very bold step in another direction and mixed up a batch of silver and started layering over the grey.


Until I reached the silver depths of bling I was thinking of.


Ring-a-ding bling...


There's some delicate design across the top of this dresser - to me it says 'WOW-WOW-WOW'.


I thought about all the different things I could do with the handles and decided to go with silver gilding.


Then painted the insides of the drawers in Autentico's Antique Turquoise chalk paint.  Finally, the drawer tops are finished in a silver gilding.  The brown's been banished.


Here he is in the shop.  Wow, cosmic baby!