It seems like I have been working on this one forever. This is a vintage piece that I found in a flea market almost ten years ago. When I first brought it home it looked like this.
To tie in with the black and white I have going on in here and to give a nod to the Hollywood Regency style that I have been embracing lately, I decided to dress it up with a coat of black and white paint.
I started by taping off a design as a mask.
and I removed the broken carved embellishments. The one on the right door had been broken since I bought the piece and I knew I would never be able to match it.
I only sanded the rough chippy spots thinking this was an old flat paint and that the finish was already fairly smooth.
I coated the body of the piece with a coat of glossy black paint and let it dry.
I was so excited to lift the tape and reveal the graphic design below.
Unfortunately, when I did that the paint on the top lifted right along with the tape like a sheet of vinyl.
I had never had that happen before. I am guessing that there was some sort of wax that kept the paint from adhering. Lesson learned. Always sand before painting.
I am the queen of short cuts though so it was only a matter of time before this happened to me.
So now I had to start all over.
The same design never turns out as well the second time so this round I came up with more of a Greek Key layout.
I didn't have a lot of the white paint so I decided to sand and repaint the top black before adding my new design. There were going to be more steps involved this time around.
I ran out of the green tape half way though so I had to switch to another brand but the same width. I don't ordinarily use two different colors of tape.
I drew my pattern idea out on paper first then measured from the edge of the top and started taping off my design. Measuring and cutting my tape as I went.
Because I needed the pattern to be white and there would have been way too much math for me to figure it out in the reverse, I opted to trace around my tape template with a white paint pen.
I was more than a little nervous to lift my tape this second round but I was relieved to find that this time my design was revealed without any major mishaps.
As usual, there were a few minor bleeds but I went back in and touched them up with a sharp edged foam brush and some black paint.
The end result? Some new pulls and a Hollywood Regency style outfit for my old shabby chic vintage victrola cabinet.
So what do you think? Should I maybe go out and find a pair of wooden embellishments for those doors? Would that touch of glossy white glam on the doors be too much or the right finishing touch?
PS I will be linking up my Hollywood Girl here:
Primitive and Proper