Metallic Treasure

Blending with Glaze

See why Priming is such an Important Part of Refinishing.

Before refinish, this piece was black, white, and gold.

Cabinet at First Glimpse

Possibly spray painted, chalk painted and painted with latex. The black paint once I uncovered it, came off on my hand, much like running your hand over a very dusty table. Little hardened balls of paint covered the appliques, it seemed like hundreds of them, and they all had to be scraped away.

After the body was sanded, the detailed hand sanding was very time consuming and tedious.

I actually doubted whether I could get this little cabinet clean enough for metallic – especially using opaque and semi-opaque colors. After it was all taken apart, I used a hint of grey Kilz primer, applying two coats to be sure to prevent any bleed through.

After applying two coats of light grey Kilz

Once dry, I added two coats of white chalk paint, which served as my base, and would be seen on the inside when opening the drawer and door.

They look nice and clean with two coats of white chalk paint.

Finally, I was ready to start the fun part! Using Modern Masters Oyster opaque as the base color, which requires three coats for good coverage.

The color showed beautifully after three coats of the main color.

I painted the outer cabinet carefully avoiding the appliques. Added more of the Oyster to one inner strip on each side of the drawer and carefully taping the center door applique, I used a small artist brush to paint a few spots where I needed that color, and went around the cabinet’s side appliques as well. Then I used two coats of semi-opaque Champagne to trim the drawer and door edge, and the areas not taped off on the door’s front applique. Smoke, I chose to use on the four corner appliques. Then, I used the Ivy metallic (great color) on the vine appliques. I was thinking of a catchy title before I started this project – Smoked Oyster and Champagne!

The appliques painted and retouched for a clean look – painstakingly hand painted.

They really do go so well together, so the same must apply to paint – right? To add a little depth, I mixed faux glaze (Behr is my go to for glazes) with Folk Art Sahara Gold. Using a chip brush, I blotted it over the vine appliques, and the face of the door and drawer to create a shading effect.

The glaze added a warm look to the cabinet.

These colors are all so elegant looking. The newest line of metallic colors from Modern Masters – I can hardly wait to try every one of them. They are a smidge high, but truly worth it. Another amazing product, which I also love to use, is Rub and Buff. I bought a 12-pack sampler at a great bargain. Although, the tubes are small, a little of this creamy substance goes a long way. You can apply with your fingers or a cloth, but I use a very fine artist brush because the other methods are messy, and the application method may absorb some of the product. A good choice for this cabinet was European Gold. I used it to alter the color of the brass arrows that I chose for this piece, then added some to highlight only the raised edges on the four Smoke painted appliques. I wasn’t totally sure if I was going to use this piece in one of the guest rooms, or sell it.

Finished drawer pull out sides with Oyster and Champagne.

After finishing it, I realized how well it blended with the colors and accessories I had picked out for our Dining Room. That is, once it’s completed!