Monday, September 24, 2012

Graphic Black and White

I've had the itch to do something a little more "out of the box" (as if my "normal" is in-the-box!).  Anyway, I found this dresser at a garage sale this summer and have spent quite a bit of time staring at it, looking at picture in Pinterest, and flip-flopping on design ideas.  It really was a blank canvas, suited for just about anything.

It didn't come without issues.  Why do kids feel the need to leave their mark in the furniture?

No worries! Nothing that a little putty and sanding can't fix!

So I finally settled on a plan: black and white.  That's when the heavens parted and the angels sang!  See, I was walking through an antique mall a few weeks ago and that's when I found it.  A chalk paint in black!  Now I'm an Annie Sloan junkie. It's by far my favorite paint.  But Annie's Graphite is a dark gray.  Great for lots of things, but no substitute for black.  I've got a few quarts of CeCe Caldwell, too.  But she doesn't make a black either!  Well there's another sister out there making paint, Maison Blanche.  And she makes a black!

So after repairing the artwork on the top, I gave it two coats of Maison Blanche's Wrought Iron.  I painted the body of the dresser in ASCP Old White.

The drawers were painted in black, too.  Then I primed and painted the pulls in black so they would blend in.

I liked the black and white combo, but it was missing something.

See that big empty space crying for attention?  Ask and it shall be given!  I turned to my Silhouette Cameo to create a stencil.

Each end panel got a skeleton key!  And while I was working on adding graphic black and white elements...

I added a graphic image to the top, too!  It's very Art Deco!

I painted the mirror frame white, but it was too stark.  So, I taped off a stripe and painted it black.

I love it when it all comes together!

A couple of coats of clear wax and she's ready to go!

Isn't it striking??

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Stephanie said...

Love it - great job!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! How beautiful is that! I'm decorating the bathroom in my new appartment in Brussels (Belgium) black & white. That Gorgeous Baby would be perfect in there! Will you please ship her to Europe for me? :-) Brigitte

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, I love it, Cyndi! The stencil designs you added just finish it off beautifully. Love the key.

Twice Nice said...

Beautifully striking!

Vintage Street Designs said...

What a fun piece! Love the contrast of black & white! Beautiful job!

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

Very nice. I love the stencils, they definitely are the icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

very cool! that key detail is awesome and unique!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

This dresser is amazing! Love the skeleton keys on the sides!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

well done

i love how
it turned out

thanks for sharing
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~ Liz ~ said...

A very fitting end for it. You did a fabulous job!

~ Liz ~ said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. I do appreciate it!

ShantyGirl said...

Very pretty these mid century maple pieces are so sturdy and make awesome pieces when "revamped" should last some one many a year love what you did

suzyq said...

I love black furniture! It makes such a statement - and you nailed it with the keys and the graphic pattern!
Gorgeous makeover

A Little Knick Knack said...

Very cute! I love the keys, so fun! I love furniture re-do's so I'm off to look at your blog! Great job!

Christie said...

Hi Liz! Love how you made your won stencil! Think I may have to try that soon! Thanks for linking up to My Monday Muse! Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore your skeleton key stencils! Would it be possible to purchase that stencil from you? My e-mail is: I am about to begin painting a mid-century modern dresser in black and white, and I am elated to hear that there is a black chalk paint! Thank you for that, as I can now throw away my thousands of black paint swatches sitting on my dresser top!! Sincerely, Kimberly

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

You really went the extra mile on this one! I especially love the key stencil! How do you find the time?

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

very nice dresser cyndi! love the skeleton key. Don't you just love trying to take photos of mirrors. I have a post going up tomorrow, and the pics look awful. oh well, it is what it is.


kathryn cain said...

love love this look and I know what you mean so many way to finish a piece...but this is a winner

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Amazing transformation Cyndi.
Thank you for linking up this week at Shabbilicious Friday.