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Take a look at this glamorous star, all shimmer and style. She was showing her age when we first brought her home but we knew she had something special hidden away. We just needed to bring it out.

Colonial Revival Unpainted 2

Colonial Revival Dresser detail of top

David asked me to include this next photo to give you an idea of the amount of work he did. We’re looking at the top of the dresser and a loose piece of veneer on a T-square. Once David removed the mirror, he found this strip had bubbled and loosened. It also had chunks missing. He cut and lifted that strip, then sanded, glued and clamped it in place. He cut other slices of veneer to fill in the gaps along that strip. Quite simply, he worked his magic.Colonial Revival Dresser Veneer Photos

We’ve wanted to experiment with Modern Masters products for a while. Still on my wish list is their oxidized metallic paints that undergo a chemical reaction and create amazing patinas. For now, though, I can check off using their Shimmer Metallic Paint. It’s terrific.

We used Warm Silver to transform this Colonial Revival antique dresser from the 1900-1915 era. Warm Silver tends toward a golden tone, so I changed my plan for an accent color. I intended to use Royal Design Stencil Creme in Antique Gold but discovered there wouldn’t be much contrast. I switched  to Antique Silver.

It took a few minutes to get used to a thinner paint than Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. The Modern Masters Metallic Paint glided on smoothly with hardly a hint of brushstroke. The Warm Silver is opaque and we put 3 coats on the dresser. David kept reminding me: “Don’t forget to wait an hour before the next coat.”

This isn’t a fanciful piece, so at first I searched for details to highlight with the Antique Silver. The ones I chose were subtle and, of course, extremely time consuming. For instance, we went from this . . .

Colonial Revival Dresser Unpainted Detail

. . . to this:

Modern Masters Warm Silver

Modern Masters Warm Silver

I used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax to seal her and then rubbed on Dark Wax for added texture and age. I got out my fancy brush and buffed her.

Finding the right knobs posed a challenge. I didn’t like the original hardware simply because I find them difficult to use. I searched everywhere — for months. Reeves of The Weathered Door recently offered an excellent post on hunting for hardware. It’s worth reading.

I ordered a brass set from the House of Antique Hardware, intending to paint them Antique Silver. They weren’t right, so back they went. I sampled a few from local stores before settling on these Gwen Silver Glass Knobs from Pier 1. I didn’t have to paint them and even though they don’t perfectly match the Antique Silver, they add an extra sprinkle of glamour to an already beautiful lady.

David restained the drawers and brushed on 3 coats of shellac. He finished the drawers off  with 600 grit sandpaper. Smooth as a baby’s bottom. I used the Antique Silver Stencil Creme to create a vine pattern on the inside panels of each drawer.

Royal Design Stencil Creme Ancient Silver

Right now we don’t have room to display her at Avonlea Antique Mall. She’s at home, singing her siren song. I would love to keep her because she shimmers and glows like stars in the heavens. Let’s see how strong I remain.

Thanks for visiting,

Ann Marie and David

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Diamonds For A Lady

Stenciled Diamonds

The diamonds drove us crazy and nearly defeated us. More on that later.

We acquired this lady’s writing desk on an estate sale’s final day. We’d first laid eyes on her a couple days earlier and expected someone to snap her up. Imagine our surprise (and my secret happiness) when we returned for deep discounts and there she sat, lonely and neglected. No question about it. She was coming home with us.

Lady's Writing Desk Unpainted

Her body is exceptionally narrow. With the lid closed, she measures 11″ at her widest part. That’s a big positive for the owner of a small house or apartment needing a petite desk. I also love her convenient pigeonholes.

Lithe and beautiful, that’s what she is. Just look at those details.

I checked with our furniture expert and learned that she was made around the 1900s, probably birch wood and stained mahogany. Ohhhhhhh. We prefer not to paint antiques.

David and I tossed around some ideas. But first he needed to do a few minor repairs and replace the old, worn-out hinges.

Lady's Writing Desk Unpainted

We decided to paint her something special, something that would make her the most attractive girl in town.

Annie Sloan’s new Burgundy paint was perfect. For a contrasting interior color we chose  Aubusson Blue. Wait. How about stenciling diamonds with the Aubusson and gold? How hard could that be?

Annie Sloan Burgundy
AS Burgundy
Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue
AS Aubusson Blue
Royal Design's Antique Gold Stencil Creme
Royal Design’s Antique Gold Stencil Creme

I love the Burgundy. Annie Sloan compares it to dark cherries. Personally, I see it as a bowl of juicy, ripe plums on a sizzling summer day. The color looks unbelievably rich once the Dark Wax goes on.

I studied videos and read blogs to learn about diamond techniques. I began enthusiastically, confident in my abilities. By Day 3 my enthusiasm shrank to crankiness. No matter how hard I tried, my diamonds refused to follow a straight line. Thankfully, David stepped in to save the day.

He salvaged most of my diamonds and carefully traced the outlines for new ones.

Lady's Writing Desk

Here’s the board that flips outward. See how he’s using painter’s tape for the points of the diamonds?

Stenciling diamonds

The full writing surface is below. He struggled with those diamonds for a few days and was so happy to finish them.

Stenciled Diamonds

While David worked on the diamonds, I painted gold stockings on our little lady:

Gilded table foot

It took us weeks to get her looking glamorous. Look at these details:

Lady's Writing Desk

I just want to mention that the lowering of her lovely lid provides a writing surface but throws her off balance. She must be affixed to the wall for maximum support, but that’s not a big deal. Another thought: while I used AS Clear and Dark Wax on the exterior and pigeonholes, I only used Clear Wax on the Aubusson and Gold diamonds.

Lady's Writing Desk

Look at her gold stockings! Imagine sitting here with your laptop, drink in hand, taking care of business as twilight descends. The creek is just a few yards away.

I have the perfect chair for this desk but that will take more time because I must reupholster the seat and paint the chair. As for this little lady, she’s heading to Avonlea Antique Mall tomorrow.

Lady's Writing  Desk

Thanks so much for visiting. We love it when you leave comments.

Ann Marie and David

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