Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Little Sparkle with Black is Never a Bad Thing!

Old, tired, cracked and peeling veneer.  What can I say?

 But if you look closely, there are some beautiful carved details on each side and on the top drawer.

After lots of repairs (drawer guide replaced, veneer gluing and wood filling), a soft black was what the doctor ordered.  I used a combination of ASCP Graphite and General Finishes Lamp Black.  You might ask why combine them, RPK?  Well, I didn't want a deep black from the LB, but wanted a darker black than Graphite..So there you have it!





I didn't want the highlighting of the carved detail to be too gold, so I added a bit of my silver wax to the gold wax to make a champagne color of gilding wax.



And here's the sparkle....I love the knobs!


I've found there is always a lot of sanding needed when working with black.






And there it is...a gorgeous Chippendale style chest, reloved and ready for another 50 
years!




Thanks for stopping by!

Robin



12 comments:

  1. Very pretty and I love the sparkle and black together-go GLAM dresser!

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    1. Absolutely...Go Glam! Thanks, Darrielle!

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  2. Wow ! A beautiful transformation.....! Great job.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! Amazing what a little paint can do, eh?

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  3. Beautiful. I love the whole thing from the black color mixture, the champagne color of the gilding wax, to the sparkly knobs. Great job!

    Linda P.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I've been waiting to use those knobs for awhile and I think this piece was the perfect candidate....

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  4. Very very nice. I'm feelin' the need to blacken something! :)

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    1. Oh, yea! I think black is my most favorite color to work with....

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  5. What a gorgeous transformation - from the smooth finish to the knobs to the silver gilding!

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  6. Robin, this is just so simply beautiful. You are so talented! I just love those drawer pulls, too!

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