I ran across an old post found on Interior Divine Blog, which featured an article that appeared in Country Home's December/ January 2007 issue. The home gave another face to all-white decorating for the holidays. What was particularly striking to me was the white painted Empire table. Empire furniture is one of the more interesting furniture styles you can purchase for your home.
Empire furniture has been described as masculine looking furniture, often featuring rich wood veneers designed around the classical French styles. This furniture features very simple looks, and is dressed up using furniture appliques and ormolu. The simple Empire pieces can be found at reasonable prices at estate sales, craigslist, and local stores, and if you do find a piece, pick it up. Sometimes, these pieces can be found damaged, and often times, it is the wood veneer that is chipped or dry. Replacing the veneers can be costly, so for some pieces, painting can be a quick solution.
If your piece isn't heavily damaged, consider painting parts of the dresser instead of entire piece. Gold leaf the architectural parts, and add additional mahogany stain to the areas of the dresser that are fully intact. Mahogany wood and white paint look terrific together and could give you a better authentic feel to this very beautiful furniture. Adding a little ormolu can go a long way to dressing up this furniture. Check out our Empire Furniture blog for some more decorating and design ideas.
- Yellow Painted Empire Chest- Picked and Painted Blog
- Empire Dresser Painted In Gray -Vintage Charm By Mimi Blog
-19th century Empire style bureau in Cottage White- Dove Tales Home
Empire Drop Leaf Dining Table -www.thecobbs.com
A good example of an American Empire 'Federal' console table in well figured 'crotch' mahogany with white marble front columns and marble pilasters to the rear, with gold leaf capitals, and feet; New York/Baltimore circa 1830
American Empire pedestal table wrapped in zinc - www.1stdibs.com
Picked and Painted Empire Chest Makeover