Modern Masters Warm Silver

Take a look at this glamorous star, all shimmer and style. She was showing her age when we first brought her home but we knew she had something special hidden away. We just needed to bring it out.

Colonial Revival Unpainted 2

Colonial Revival Dresser detail of top

David asked me to include this next photo to give you an idea of the amount of work he did. We’re looking at the top of the dresser and a loose piece of veneer on a T-square. Once David removed the mirror, he found this strip had bubbled and loosened. It also had chunks missing. He cut and lifted that strip, then sanded, glued and clamped it in place. He cut other slices of veneer to fill in the gaps along that strip. Quite simply, he worked his magic.Colonial Revival Dresser Veneer Photos

We’ve wanted to experiment with Modern Masters products for a while. Still on my wish list is their oxidized metallic paints that undergo a chemical reaction and create amazing patinas. For now, though, I can check off using their Shimmer Metallic Paint. It’s terrific.

We used Warm Silver to transform this Colonial Revival antique dresser from the 1900-1915 era. Warm Silver tends toward a golden tone, so I changed my plan for an accent color. I intended to use Royal Design Stencil Creme in Antique Gold but discovered there wouldn’t be much contrast. I switched  to Antique Silver.

It took a few minutes to get used to a thinner paint than Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. The Modern Masters Metallic Paint glided on smoothly with hardly a hint of brushstroke. The Warm Silver is opaque and we put 3 coats on the dresser. David kept reminding me: “Don’t forget to wait an hour before the next coat.”

This isn’t a fanciful piece, so at first I searched for details to highlight with the Antique Silver. The ones I chose were subtle and, of course, extremely time consuming. For instance, we went from this . . .

Colonial Revival Dresser Unpainted Detail

. . . to this:

Modern Masters Warm Silver

Modern Masters Warm Silver

I used Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax to seal her and then rubbed on Dark Wax for added texture and age. I got out my fancy brush and buffed her.

Finding the right knobs posed a challenge. I didn’t like the original hardware simply because I find them difficult to use. I searched everywhere — for months. Reeves of The Weathered Door recently offered an excellent post on hunting for hardware. It’s worth reading.

I ordered a brass set from the House of Antique Hardware, intending to paint them Antique Silver. They weren’t right, so back they went. I sampled a few from local stores before settling on these Gwen Silver Glass Knobs from Pier 1. I didn’t have to paint them and even though they don’t perfectly match the Antique Silver, they add an extra sprinkle of glamour to an already beautiful lady.

David restained the drawers and brushed on 3 coats of shellac. He finished the drawers off  with 600 grit sandpaper. Smooth as a baby’s bottom. I used the Antique Silver Stencil Creme to create a vine pattern on the inside panels of each drawer.

Royal Design Stencil Creme Ancient Silver

Right now we don’t have room to display her at Avonlea Antique Mall. She’s at home, singing her siren song. I would love to keep her because she shimmers and glows like stars in the heavens. Let’s see how strong I remain.

Thanks for visiting,

Ann Marie and David

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13 Comments on Create Shimmer and Style with Modern Masters

  1. Hetty
    March 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great transformation, will try Modern Masters myself!

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    • irisabbey
      March 11, 2015 at 2:44 am (2 years ago)

      Hetty, how are you doing? I saw your recent post detailing your knitted creation for an American Girl doll. I can’t even begin to understand knitting, but I do admire your work. Thanks for the comment about my Modern Masters dresser. I still have a half a quart left, so it goes a long way. Now, what’s my next project using Modern Masters Warm Silver?

      Reply
  2. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    March 11, 2015 at 2:23 am (2 years ago)

    It turned out gorgeous. I would want to keep it too. Great job.

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    • irisabbey
      March 11, 2015 at 2:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Nikki. I am always amazed at the parts of the process that go so much slower than I anticipate and those that go faster. There are usually many more slows than fasts. But, yes, I’m pleased with how this beauty turned out.

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  3. WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL
    March 14, 2015 at 3:32 am (2 years ago)

    love how the dresser turned out! gorgeous color, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

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    • irisabbey
      March 14, 2015 at 4:26 am (2 years ago)

      Lauren, thank you for your interest. I’d be thrilled to have you feature this transformation. What a delightful way to end the day!

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    • irisabbey
      March 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Ellis, for your kind words. I’m really pleased with how she turned out.

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  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    March 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

    This is just so lovely and sophisticated! Featured you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • irisabbey
      March 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Sharon, thank you so much for featuring Iris Abbey’s dresser transformation. I am so pleased with how it turned out — and kudos to Modern Masters Metallic paint, our first time using it. Enjoy the week!

      Reply
  5. Lynn
    July 20, 2015 at 3:20 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful work. I’m eager to refinish a vintage vanity with Modern Masters warm silver paint as well!
    I love what you did with the inside of the drawers. Did you stain them or wax them to get that natural look?
    Beautiful work!

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    • Lynn
      July 20, 2015 at 3:22 am (2 years ago)

      Oops sorry! You stained them. Lovely!

      Reply

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