I’m in the process of working with a friend on her bathroom redo, and she’s going for a whole new look, which involves a high gloss, lacquered vanity, that yours truly will be painting. ((Insert freak out here)) I say freak out, only because high gloss items are out of the norm for me, and high gloss also means that you can see every. imperfection. So making sure your surface is dust, dirt and lint-free is critical. But when it’s done right, it’s … amazing.
We started in one direction, but have turned to another based upon some of the selections that have been made. All good, all fun. Black lacquer has always been part of the plan though. Let’s take a peek at the room now, and then we’ll get to the plan.
And now for the fun stuff. The vanity – it’s just crying to be lacquered, don’t you think? The top will be different than this one – more in line with a clean white stone.
Then came the mirror – which really is where the direction changed.
Originally, we were going to go with an emerald green for the paint color, based upon an inspiration photo that she showed me. But I’m loving the direction it’s going now. The mirror inspired this gorgeous wallpaper choice – not sure if it’s going to be an accent wall, with the other walls painted a shade of gray, but either way, I think it’s going to look great.
Which brings me back to my original question – how do you feel about lacquered finishes? I think many of us tend to think of lacquer done badly – like 80’s lacquered furniture.
So try to shake that stigma, and think about how much more refined it is now. I have been contemplating painting some furniture pieces in a high gloss lacquer, but honestly, I don’t know if people in my neck of the woods are ready for it. I love it, and I have seen some amazing pieces, but I’m wondering if I would need to open an Etsy store in order to actually sell it. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and give it a try. Who knows? Maybe I’m underestimating people near me. Or perhaps, it’s just about marketing your wares in the right places, yes?
You can’t argue that it’s unsophisticated.
And lacquered doors – it doesn’t get any classier.
I can’t even… I don’t even care what it looks like inside – the curb appeal is perfection.
You can always go with a blue lacquer.
Would you be daring enough to go high gloss with a piece of furniture in your home? This one definitely brings in some high drama. And if you’re looking for tips on getting a glossy finish – check out this post from Painted. I think I will be using it as my guide.
What do you think of high gloss finishes? I think in looking at them more closely, if they’re done right, they’re fantastic. That’s the key to the kingdom here. I’ll be sure to take you along as I venture into some high gloss finishes!