I can feel Spring is coming our way; we are having sunny and warm days finally as we are not used to the cold we are having this winter. Everywhere I go I hear people commenting they are done with Winter and all of them look forward to Spring. I feel the same way!
Maybe because of these sunny days I managed to get out of this hibernating state I’ve been submerged and looked around my house for things to do. Declutter! That was my first thought and decided to start decluttering furniture.
We had this metallic console that used to be from my mother in law and that we brought home when we helped her to empty her apartment in Barcelona and move to Mallorca. We brought some other treasures like these picture frames.
Not too bad for the 80’s but first, it didn’t fit with my decor and second, we didn’t have room for it.
My sister in law had always wanted that console but again, it wouldn’t fit with her decor so I thought I could make it pretty again and give it to her.
The marble top wasn’t in very good condition but I didn’t want to throw it away. My motto is to work what you have on hand.
For this piece, one of my favorite paints came to the rescue. I was going to use Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Federal Blue and Pitch Black for the metallic part, and Oyster White for the marble top.
One of the good things about this paint is that it goes a long way. I used a mix of 2 tbsp of Federal Blue and 1/4 tsp of Pitch Black, and I added the same amount of water. I darkened the blue because I didn’t want it too bright for this piece as I had something in mind I wanted to try.
I gave two coats of paint to everything letting each one dry before applying the other. The finish on the white top is amazing, it looks like silk. I promise I took photos of everything: the beautiful dark blue, how the Oyster White covered that marble perfectly… but one day I realized how dangerous was the CLOUD… well, not an ordinary cloud but iCloud… I have my Mac synchronized with my iPhone and with the iPad, which is really convenient as I can download specific apps for the girls to learn and also I have access to all my photos. Then one day I was organizing my photo library and suddenly saw that some pictures disappeared. What?? I started to panic while I was wondering what was going on. Some more photos vanished… Shit! Then I saw my little girl iPad on had and a terrible thought crossed my mind. Baby, what are you doing? I asked. I’m deleting some pictures I don’t want because there are too many and I can’t find mine, she replied. Aaaaargggg!! No please, we’re sync and if you delete pictures there you are deleting them everywhere!! I won’t bother you with more details but the result is that I can’t show those specific pictures and now you know why. We’re human!
Ok, we were at the point that everything is painted and looking great. Being a metallic console I wanted to give it a metallic bronze shine and I used some Metallic Cream in Belt Buckle. This cream is amazing!! It also goes a looong way and I dipped the brush tip just a bit.
Can you see the shine?
I really love how the dark blue and the metallic cream work together giving the piece an aged look.
Here you can see the top, nothing was lost thankfully! It’s really smooth even without sanding it.
Next to my Elizabethan chair.
I took some pictures before bringing it to my sister in law.
I had told her I had something for her, and when she saw me at her door with that console she couldn’t believe it. She liked it so much that she moved a console she had on her hallway and placed this instead.
She later phoned me to tell me that when my mother in law saw it she couldn’t believe it was the same she used to have. She thought I had replaced the top.
I like how it changes when the light changes.
I hope that if you have any metallic furniture you can be inspired and not afraid to paint it, it is a great way to update it. Remember, if you like it you can Pin It for later.
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