Friday, May 22, 2015

Custom Paint Treatment

After seeing a dresser I had for sale at our Outdoor Vintage Market sale, I had a customer ask if I did custom work.  He was so enthusiastic about the job I had done, that I said yes.  He quickly purchased this dresser off Craigslist.
He and his wife brought a metal frame that they had to show me the colors they had in mind.  Thankfully I could quickly "see" the colors that were in the frame and knew what colors to use, and got started.  After stripping and staining the top with General Finishes Gel stain in Java, I painted a base coat of Maison Blanche Wrought Iron.  When that had dried fully, I drybrushed a custom mix of Annie Sloan Florence, Provence, with a little Napoleonic Blue added in to deepen it.  The next layer was also drybrushed, Paris Gray from Annie Sloan.   I tested it all out on one of the drawers first to check the overall look before painting the whole dresser.  I was trying to match the center round frame.
It looked right to me so I repeated all the layers on the rest of the drawers, and base of the dresser.  Light distressing, and then waxing finished it off.  I love the look of the layers.
I was very pleased with the finished product and waited for the customer to pick it up to see his reaction.  It was all I hoped for, he was so excited with the treatment.  Now I have two nightstands, underbed drawers, and a mirror to paint for him.  He sent me a photo when he returned home with it, since I forgot to get a  final photo before he left.