Monday, September 20, 2010

My Metallic Paint Obsession



If you don't already know this I love to "thrift". (is that technically a verb?)  I could look at old stuff all day.  I could also look at new stuff all day because I just like stuff.  If I could be a hoarder I probably would but I don't really have the room for it in my house here in Midwest suburbia.    

I've been thinking about this silver leafed table ever since I saw it in an antique store in Grand Rapids, MI.   I asked the lady working in the shop about it and she said when she got it the top was separate from the base and it had been silver leafed but was chipping.  She applied automotive clear coating over it for a super protective finish.  You can't really see in this picture how gorgeous it is but imagine more variation and depth in the silvering. 

The base of this table was also amazing.  The artist who painted it said she used a metallic silver paint and then did a pickled effect in white over it.  She thought this would make an awesome desk with the chair that had been painted white and had a metallic print fabric on the seat.

The price tag on this set was only $298.  I wish I would have bought it when I saw it but I was broke that day.  I will definitely go back and see if it's still there when I visit ArtPrize in Grand Rapids next week.

Remember this old window?  I was playing around here in this photo with adding chair die cuts in each space.  I would have to staple fabric to the back and then glue on the die cuts and that would have looked kinda cool. 
I change my mind a lot so when I had my metallic spray paint out I sprayed it with silver.  I also stapled chicken wire to the back to use for flower pins and clippie hair accessories. 

Instead I framed one chair and painted my black decorative shelf silver metallic.  The metallic adds a little bit of a modern edge..a little more funk. 


Centsational Girl had a great post with pictures of metallic furniture back in February.  Check it out for more inspiration!

7 comments:

Meg said...

Oooh, shiny. I love it! I am turning into a thrifter. Its amazing how addictive it is!

Kristin said...

I promise I won't go buy this but I would love to know where this antique store is - I only live about 20min from GR! THANKS!

Laura said...

I didn't think I'd like metallic paint but these look great!

Kelli said...

SOOOO cute!!! LOVE those chairs, darling!

Kelli said...

ps: kristin's comment is HILARIOUS. :)

Holly said...

I dream of living on a big piece of property with barns all over it so I can hoard away. I adding thrifting to my dictionary in spell check!

I am "this close" to going metallic on a couple of pieces in my house!

mitziscollectibles said...

I love the idea of silver metallic paint with a white "pickling". Your window turned out really cute too!

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