Getting Away with Metallics in your Hubby’s Man Cave

Different Can Be Good!

A Before, During, and After, (of how I managed to get metallic in Hubby’s office) redo of a retro 70s octagon table I picked up for next to nothing. A lot of thought went into this refinish – but I knew right away which room it was meant for. Since we are remodeling all of our rooms – hubby and I both get an office upstairs – his dedicated to all work, and mine for record keeping, bill paying and oh yes – art! My mosaics will have a workstation, my small painted object and other artsy crafts will also have a station. While my room may look colorful and bright, a lot of fun and not so fun (bill paying) will be completed in there. On the flip-side, hubby’s room will be more like a man cave. Dark walls, with stone panels and a natural wood to tame those dark walls. All the things men like; or, at least my man likes. I had his wall paint picked out right away. There is a nice large window to allow the sunshine in. Also, there is a nice large walk-in closet that is attached to the garage and the path down settles right between his truck and my car. An access ramp (thinking ahead), and a neat place to build a cubby to store outdoor attire for any kind of weather. On to the table! Before the fun begins, cleaning and priming are a must. 

I love mixing things up sometimes when I paint, and I also like to use colors that will enhance the space they take up. We are moving a futon into his office and I found the perfect cover for it – in the exact color I wanted. That came after I played around with some acrylics for the small appliques on the door of the table. They had to be an orangey – yellow because I wanted a Marigold look that would go well with black (budouire) and a very dark green (road less traveled). I also knew if I wanted it to appear manly, I needed a manly essence.

I then remembered that I had some faux leather material left over from another refinish and It was perfect for the top of the table.

Using those dark colors and a lot of imagination I knew I needed a dark color around the top – so I went with a metallic steel. The door was finished in a combination of french beige and graystone, the marigold concoction I mixed up, and a couple of metallics. If you are a Modern Masters fanatic like I am – you should recognize these colors. I did use African Bronze gilding paste on the hardware.The table, I thought looked appropriate with its original chunky style pulls.

The base was a little tricky because I chose to use both metallics and some Dixie Belle colors Dark Chocolate and Dark Khaki – which I also used on the open six sides of the table, and tied those colors in with the Graytone, and French Beige. Interspersed with the some of the metallics I had used on the door panels. The base was all hand painted and yes, I am the kind of person who goes back and forth until all of the lines are tidy!

It’s time consuming, but well worth it. The remaining six side panels, I first spritzed with water. Loaded the dark chocolate, covering much of one panel at a time, and taking care to get the paint into the top and lower crevasses. I then repeated the spritz and blended the dark chocolate with the dark khaki, all the while blending the brush strokes in one general direction so the lines on corresponding panels would look more patterned. If one color became too faded, I would use more of whichever color I needed and spritzed again, using very little water, if needed.

I covered the table in clear wax. Then went back and used dark wax only in the upper and lower crevices of the six blended panels – then sealed.








Totally retro and totally loving it!

It wasn’t too difficult to see how much hubby liked it – and, he is now, for the first time getting excited to have his own man cave – even with the metallic!

Original purchase condition – no painting had been done on this table.

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!