My husband found this beautiful chest and vanity set that we think is from the 1940’s. What made these pieces so unique is that they are both Art Deco and Art Nouveau.
The geometric shapes are indicative of Art Deco and the floral detailing is Art Nouveau! They both have the original Bakelite drawer pulls on them, but it was hard to appreciate how amazing they were with the original finish! They are absolutely beautiful with the new finish! (pictures below)
The drawer pulls are what gave me the hollywood glam inspiration for the new silver metallic painted finish! I have been wanting to paint some furniture with the Modern Masters Metallic Paints so I knew this would be the perfect project for this paint!
What I used:
- Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint
- Dark Brown Wax
- Tip: When applying the wax, I applied it in sections with a chip brush and as I applied I softly wiped it back with a clean cotton t-shirt to wipe away brush strokes. You want to wipe over it just enough to smooth your brush strokes but not to take the wax completely off. I then let it sit for about 15 minutes and came back with another clean cotton shirt to buff.
- Stencil in Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Warm Silver
I started to paint a coat of white thinking that it would make the Modern Masters cover better. However, I quickly realized that the Modern Masters paint has FANTASTIC coverage and doesn’t need an undercoat!
I painted the inside of the chest white.
Next I stenciled a pretty floral design on the front of the doors using Warm Silver
I chose dark brown wax to warm up the silver a little bit, and also to bring out the beautiful Art Nouveau detailing on the top of the chest. It gave the silver finish beautiful dimension and warmth!
The vanity turned out beautiful and the three piece mirror looked amazing against the silver paint! I always forget to take before pictures of projects! Does anyone else have that problem? So unfortunately there is no before picture of the vanity 🙁
I just LOVE the small center drawer and how the dark wax brought out the carved Art Nouveau detail!