I'm always inspired by Restoration Hardware, and this dresser was no exception. I was digging RH's a "antiqued graphite" color, but wanted to take the antiqued look a little further with this piece. I've been working on this dresser for most of this month, and it's been another good learning curve for me for furniture painting.
Because this was my first time attempting to use a glaze on a piece. I'd been inspired with the use of General Finishes glazes by other painters and wanted to give it a try. Glazes are very neat little mixes that brush-on semi-translucent, the excess gets wiped off, and you're left with a beautiful finish that adds extra dimension to the base paint color (and glazes come in various colors). For the paint base of this dresser I used GF's milk paint in Driftwood, a mid-tone grey (see another example of it HERE).
After 2 coats of the milk paint and dry time, I figured it was time to get the glaze on. I was a bit afraid to use the glaze and mess up my work. Actually, I almost DID mess it up!
Before applying the glaze I looked up the process one more time online to be sure I was doing it correctly, and if it hadn't been for Suzanne from The Painted Drawer's sagely advice, it would have gone downhill really quickly!
Suzanne said to apply a layer of GF's high performance topcoat before doing the glaze. This way it's easier to guide the glaze into areas you want it to go and wipe it off easily. I followed her directions and used GF's [Dick] Van Dyke glaze, a nice bronze or antique brown color. Thankfully it went on and wiped off perfectly. Dodged a bullet!
After the glaze dried I put on a few layers of the topcoat, painted the original hardware using GF's Lamp Black (and put a few protective topcoats on them) and added them back to the drawers.
I think it looks kind of steampunk. But that may just be me.
|detail shot of top with nothing on it|
I know I'll now be using GF's glazes more in the future - in fact I'll be using it soon on my mom's buffet I've been working on. (see the results of the glaze on her piece here!)
Oh, I'm also finishing up the side tables this week. Here's a little preview of them for now:
Love the color? Me too. It's from General Finishes and is called Patina Green. (see the finished side tables here!)
Have any of you been dodging bullets on a project lately? (I know I can't be the only one ^_- )
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