They say Opposites Attract!......well at least that's what seems to appeal to me. I was just going through my Pinterest Boards for inspiration and I noticed that I am attracted to contrasts when it comes to decor. There is just something about a white painted room with touches of black furniture to ground everything. One of my favourite looks.....like "Ebony & Ivory", perfect harmony. That was my inspiration to paint this pristine antique bedroom set that dates from the late 1940's.
The dressers have beautiful carved wood handles which I wanted to highlight with lots of chipping paint. To get the "chippy" effect with chalk-like paint, you have to wet-distress your furniture as soon as the paint dries. A wet pot-scrubber/sponge works well for this.
Here is a close-up.
To get the contrasting look, I painted the dressers in "Simplicity" (a pure white) and the bed in "Liquorice" (a pure black) Country Chic Paint. I was actually surprised that the pure white paint only required two coats. Often white coloured paints can be very transparent and need multiple more coats. The whole set was then sealed with natural wax.
The bed is a beautiful 4-post bed. Would be great for a guest bedroom.
When it comes to dressers with attached swivel mirrors, I personally prefer to remove the mirror from the dresser and hang just the framed mirror separately. To me it's just a fresher look. How do you feel? Leave mirrors attached or not? Might me a topic for Miss Mustard Seed's Design Ramblings!!!!
Right now it's just sitting and leaning on some books while it finds a new home.
It also came with one end table. Not very usual for a set from this period.
This set was fabricated in Owen Sound, Ontario by The National Table Co., Ltd.
Here is another marking I found on the bed.
Below is a "Before" picture of the end table and bed. It will give you an idea of how the bedroom set looked like before it got its makeover. The sellers were initially asking for quite a high price for the set, but somehow I felt it would not sell fast because of the two-toned colour stain, so I sat very patiently. I did not think it would appeal to most people, but for me those wood handles is what makes this set so pretty. It was on the market for quite a few months before the sellers agreed to a reduced price.
Hope you enjoyed this transformation. The set is up for sale if anyone local is interested.
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