3/24/2011

Paul Evans - A New Take



Now, I realize this post might make a lot of heads explode here, due to the fact that I will be talking about painting/refinishing a classic piece of vintage furniture.  So, all those traditionalists might want to take your leave now...sorry.  Above, (on the back wall) is a mid-century classic, Paul Evans dresser/credenza.  It was originally stained (not painted) and would have looked similar to this ...



 
It's lovely, and embodies all that is mid-century modern...but, me being me, I like to shake things up. So, back to the first picture on this post, to the painted bad boy that started this entire thing. I don't know who had the guts to do it...but, I'm so glad they did.  I don't remember where I came across this black and white beauty, but, it really made an impression on me.

I love the graphic nature of the pattern, which is really accentuated due to the use of the black and white.  I love that it is a classic piece that has been rethought and now has an entirely new aesthetic for an entirely new group of people to appreciate. I realize it is a "classic" and I'm not saying we need to go out an paint every single one of these things.  But, how refreshing. 

Below are two more Paul Evans pieces....


Both of these pieces above are actually brass and chrome.  BUT, whose to say that you couldn't reproduce the "metal" look with gold and/or silver leaf.  I think it could end up absolutely stunning.

You might ask where you can find such pieces...why, on Craigs List, of course.  I even took the liberty of digging a couple of options up for you.  Although, if you are not in the NYC area a quick search on your city's CL might be in order.  

Below, is an entire set for you.  My guess is though, the sellers would be willing to break it up.  Which would help the price tag.  You can get it here


Here is another simpler, smaller, and a bit cheaper option...


So, what do you think. Would you spit in the face of tradition (dramatic, I know) and paint a classic like this?  Or, is that an absolute no-no?  Do you even like it? What colors might you do?

*UPDATE*

Found this today. It's not totally  my style.  But, I think it's interesting to see another option for a piece like this.

3 comments:

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

I would paint away!! They feel kind of heavy and dated with just the wood, the paint gives them a new chic life :)

things that sparkle said...

I would definitely paint, feeling bad saying it though...

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I'd paint it immediately. I think paint would show off the architecture of the piece.

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