For many years I have looked online longingly at black velvet couches, silver and lace dressers, gorgeous cabinets and crystal chandeliers. It would cost a small fortune to redo my entire house with all of the treasures I had collected on Pinterest. *sigh*
Then one day while perusing a local second hand store, I had an idea! With a little bit of creativity, I could recreate the items I so desired. I found this awesome armoire on craigslist, it was for sale in a used furniture store. I paid $200 for it. It is not real wood. It is composite lament, most furniture is these days, but it doesn't matter for this project. Do not sand it if it is lament.
There are lots of kinds of silver paint out there. I used Modern Master's Warm Silver. It is a good paint but to be honest, it was fairly expensive. You can buy in bulk, and you will need it. I used about two coats on this armoire. There are lots of different silver paints out there and I think that another brand would have worked and been cheaper. You can also use a silver with a blue tone, or a warmer silver with a gold tone, depending on the desired look. Silver foil is also a good look if you are feeling adventurous. I recommend practicing on something simple before attempting foil with furniture.
I chose to use a roller for this project. It left some little bubble spots on it that created a metal texture that was a happy accident. If I had it to do again, I would use a regular paint brush, which is also a cheaper alternative to rollers. Often Home Depot or Lowes will have paint that's color wasn't mixed correctly on a shelf for a very reduced price. Use any kind of latex paint. You want to be thinking about what your final color will be when choosing a base coat because any silver paint doesn't cover as well as regular paint and the base coat will show through. You can use this to your advantage. For this piece I used a warm, latte color. You could also use a blue grey for a more steel look.
Next I applied the silver paint. Two coats. Then I hand painted the black in the recessed areas. You can also brush the black on and wipe the excess off with a rag, leaving the black in the recessed areas, but this will give it a more aged and cracked look. Which can be a cool look if that is your goal.
The side of the armoire already had recesses rectangles, so I used that to my advantage. I bought some lace at Jo Ann's. Any fabric store will do. Measure how much you will need before you go. Most fabric or craft stores offer a half off one item coupon. You can also use an old lace table cloth and spray paint it black. Or you can get creative with it and apply artwork, wallpaper, wrapping paper or fabric. I used Modge Podge to glue it on. Lay down a good layer of Modge Podge, let it get tacky, then apply the fabric. (If you are applying a photograph, printed artwork, or wrapping paper at this stage, use a VERY thin coat as the base to glue it on. Then use a very thin layer on top, only when it has dried) When that dries go over it with another layer of Modge Podge. I used an old paint brush to move the Modge Podge around and spread it evenly. I dabbed the places where it began to pool in the lace, that way it would be a nice even coat.
When it dried, I took the armoire outside and sprayed it with a polyurethane coating. Make sure you do this outside, preferably on a day that is not windy, or somewhere it will be sheltered from dust and debris. Start the spray away from the piece and move towards it, keeping the nozzle at least a foot or two away while spraying. I kept rags close by to catch any drips. I found that it would run and collect in some of the recessed areas as I sprayed. Leave it over night and give it a second coat the next day. Let it dry at least 24 hours before bringing it back inside. This is my final result.