We bought this stand with intentions of restoring it. I wanted it to have more a classic art deco style so I set my sights on that goal. The first thing that had to be done was to sand it all down to bare metal so the paint has a clean surface to adhere to. Then I had to choose a classic color combo to compliment it, I chose black with evergreen Valspar spray paint. Both paints have a satin finish. I did decide to paint the top lid in a high gloss Rust-Olum black appliance paint to set it off. Once the top and body of the piece were painted I let them dry for a day. Then this morning I busted out the pewter colored pinstripe and black spray paint to finish the stand. I wanted it to have some dimension so I drew a cracked front with a solid black portion behind it. I think it turned out great.
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Mel and I were cruising Craigslist when we came across this large metal piece that I thought I could add feet to and turn into a room divider. Back when we found it the color was a chalky white. I changed the color to earth tones like green, brown and tan when we were using it to decorate a room with a Danish/Mid-Century Modern style. Little known to most of you is that I also decorate in the Danish or MCM style. Since I’ve started this blog I’ve been torn about also blogging about this side of our style. If this is something you’d also be interested in please let me know. Here is a sample from our master bedroom.
Back to the divider….we wanted to use it for a room with an art deco decor so I gave it a face lift. This divider comes in three sections and is made of heavy steel. The guy we bought it from said they took it out of a home built in the 50’s. He said he couldn’t see it just going to the scrap yard.
The first thing I wanted to do was paint the whole thing a dark brown (almost black). This way it could go with many different settings. I wanted to spruce it up a little bit so I went to Office Depot and picked up a set of paint pens. The set comes with gold & silver. These pens are great because you can use them on so many things. I used them on the restoration of the umbrella stand. I created a lightening strike design (I remembered seeing retro lamp shades with the same design so I ran with it). I like the results.
I was using it to divide the diner from the living room but with the Idaho Motel sign coming into the house I had to change its location. I decided to use it as a wall decoration instead of a divider.
Mel and I hit one of our old haunts, the Antique Company on “X” street and came across this really cool piece. The owner of this shop routinely gets shipping containers full of mid-century and art deco furniture from England and this is one of those pieces!
This is the one we picked up. It is in really fantastic shape, but I think I am going to change some things up on it. First, I want to replace the green fabric with either a black or dusty rose/ pink fabric. Then, I will replace the cording that goes button to button with a gold or black cord depending on what fabric I choose.
As you can see, this unit is missing the water catcher tray, but I am sure I can come up with something.
The brass buttons and hooks need cleaning.
Unfortunately, the mirror is worn and the foil appears to have separated in a few spots. I will have to get a mirror cut for this piece to replace the old one. The shelf up top is really cool, a great place to put hats and gloves. When I was researching this piece I came across some other racks I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on…