Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mid Century Modern in Lamp Black

It is much too cold around here to even think about painting at the moment. But I'm already getting the itch - new furniture, new colors - I can't wait! ... In the meantime, I have a few pieces to share that were completed before winter and this one immediately made my favorites list!

 So what do you think ... dresser, buffet, credenza, console, media cabinet? No matter what you call it, definitely a mid century modern beauty in perfect condition!

This one was going black and that can be a tricky color to get just right. So I went with a tried and true favorite - General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black. This is not a powder or even a true milk paint, but a water based acrylic. I love the way it goes on smoothly and levels out nicely - perfect for furniture. I buy it at my local unfinished furniture store and it's the only paint they use.

I went with a light distressing and love the contrast of the brown showing through the black.

I didn't even consider changing the hardware, but I gave it a shine with a little Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold.

I finished up with two coats on Wipe On Poly in a satin finish.

This one was done in time for our holiday sale, but it only made it as far as the driveway before it got carried away, literally.

I know these men are wondering why a crazy woman is taking pictures of them!

I was absolutely thrilled with the way this piece turned out and I hope it is enjoying life in it's happy new home!
And while I'm on the subject of General Finishes Milk Paint, I have another favorite color to share - Buttermilk Yellow. It is my favorite yellow for furniture and let me just tell you, it's just yummy!

Yellow is another color that is sometimes hard to get right and even harder to photograph. But here are a few blasts from the past (fuzzy pictures and all) in Buttermilk Yellow.
This dresser lives at Megan's house and she is a girl who definitely loves all things yellow!

I just couldn't part with this one in yellow and white. It really brightens up my guest room.

This pretty petite dresser has an ochre glaze.

My living room coffee table.

The fine folks at General Finishes recently added fourteen new colors to their milk paint line and generously sent me a few samples to try. Wait until you see Persimmon!


Anonymous said...

I love the credenza. So many uses I wish I knew where the new owner put it and what they used it for. I also love that rocking chair!

NanaDiana said...

That lamp black piece is fantastic. I am glad you left the hardware on there-it looks perfect! I love that soft yellow, too- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

I love your credenza too! I did a piece from the same line, believe it or not! Check out my groovy hutch:

My jaw dropped when I saw yours! Thanks for sharing.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That piece is gorgeous in black. No wonder it was bought right away! What store do you buy that paint at? The Bare Wood House?

Unknown said...

Hi Sharon - Love how it turned out. I've never heard of that paint. Does it require priming before applying it or can you paint it on with just a fine sanding?

Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

Oh I adore that black piece! The gold hardware was perfect!

My Repurposed Life said...

I am not surprised that black piece sold so quickly... it's gorgeous!

Loving all the yellow pieces, but your coffee table is my favorite. It's so sweet! I have a coffee table with a bottom shelf, but drawers? would be so much better. I have too.much.stuff. :)
ps my sister gave me tons of paint a few years ago, thinking this paint may have been in the mix.

Cassie Bustamante said...

that. is. awesome!!!!! i am in love! i have been painting in my basement where it is SO cold but at least warmer than outside......

Pat said...

The black piece is beautiful. Years and years ago my Grandmother told me that every room should had a black piece of furniture. Wise woman, my Grandmother! I have 2 dressers waiting to be painted black that will have to wait for spring as our spray booth we use for our signs is too small to handle either dresser.

pam {simple details} said...

Oh, your black lamp piece is so fabulous, what amazing vision Elizabeth, very inspiring!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Sharon,
This shade of black is popping up everywhere and it's beautiful...think I need to try it. Do you mind sharing with me what brand of wipe on poly you use? Thanks:)


Laurel Stephens said...

Persimmon? Can't wait! Sharon, that black console is just glowing. I know how hard black is to paint because the first furniture I ever painted is my black hutch. Let's just say, not perfect, like your gorgeous piece turned out. I'm going to google that paint. Oh, and your yellow and white dresser? Pure perfection! Great post!

Rena Designs said...

Sharon this is FYI, if you take a cheap flat black spray can to paint a piece with, you can turn the flat finish into a buttery soft finish. All you have to do is take an old t-shirt and buff up a wonderful shine that will be so soft and smooth, distress as usual and if needed put a coat of poly. I did my bathroom cabinet and a coffee table with a 99cent flat black spray and it turned out fantastic. I loved all the pieces you painted, especially the lightly distressed credenza.

RPK Interiors said...

It's stunning! I'm love what you did with the hardware...Gold always looks so glamorous against black.

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Nice work, love it!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

The buffet color is so gorgeous and rich! I love the style of it. I am right there with ya on wanting to makeover new pieces and waiting for this weather to warm up!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They are all beautiful, but I love that black piece. Stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty said...

I've seen this paint at my lumber store. So it's really not milk paint??? what kind of prepping to you do? Or do you treat this like you would an enamel or latex?? I will have to pick some up and try it.
Thanks. Oh, and love the black mid century piece! I know these pieces have quite a shine on their wood. I normally sand the whole thing down to the bare wood. How did you prep your piece for this paint?
Thanks in advance.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a gorgeous piece and it's just stunning painted black. I'm featuring it in this week's PoPP Spotlight.

Maria said...

Great job on your furniture... I love re doing furniture
I am visiting you from the glitter and paint link party.