Ask any woman what the one item is that every woman needs in her wardrobe. What’s the number one answer? A classic black dress. I’ve looked for the perfect black dress for my own wardrobe for months. Black is elegant but with the right accessories, it can be fun and fresh. A black dress flatters almost every figure, every skin tone, every height. It looks great with every accent color… from pale pink to bright teal to sage green. The perfect black dress lets a beautiful woman standout in a room.
By now, you might be asking yourself what the classic black dress is doing on a furniture blog? What does the perfect black dress have to do furniture? Well…I think that the effect that the perfect black dress has on a woman is quite similar to the effect the perfect black paint has on a piece of furniture.
A client recently brought me a beautiful server and attached hutch. It was a great English style piece with warm pine and chunky wooden knobs. The piece sits in their kitchen and the kitchen was in the middle of a major renovation. There was nothing wrong with the piece in its current state, but my client felt that with the changes being made in the kitchen, that the piece would fit into her renovated home a little more dressed up. The piece needed its perfect black dress.
The perfect black paint can make a piece of furniture look elegant, but still friendly and accessible in a room. If used properly, black is every bit as versatile and flexible as white or off-white.
I chose my favorite black paint, General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black for the piece. It took 2 solid coats to cover the piece. We liberally distressed the hutch and server and finished it with a hand rubbed wax finish.
A simple hutch and server has the perfect “dress” to wear in its brand new room. A simple change, but a huge transformation!