I remember when my furniture buddy showed up with this piece
he actually brought me both of these, that day
Even though it was missing it’s glass, I fell in love with it, and purchased both cabinets. They reminded me of PRINCE and PRINCESS.
I can’t believe it took me this long (almost 2 years) to paint Princess… it was waiting for the perfect finish.
Enter, American Paint Company Ellis Collection, twelve new European colors introduced into APC’s color deck -
I instantly fell in love with Crushed Tea - and Cameo and Peacock and Waistcoat… pretty much the whole collection, but Crushed Tea intrigued me.
PRINCESS. The inside was painted Cameo, the new soft pink also in the Ellis Collection,
I grabbed Crushed Tea and Voyage, both from the Ellis line, and Plymouth Rock, APC’s more translucent light neutral with a hint of grey. Notice the container difference? The Ellis Collection is offered in pint size only, while Plymouth Rock is part of the original APC color lineup, offered in quarts and four ounce samples -
First layer, Crushed Tea-
I love how the colors fade and lighten as they dry out
The second coat was a blend of Crushed Tea, a little Voyage (blue) and the Plymouth Rock, lightening the Crushed Tea from what the first coat was. I went over the inside Cameo as well – my vision was changing as it rolled out (quite typical) – and I wanted to see this piece in all shades of Crushed Tea.
Not sure if you can tell, but I shaded the bottom darker and took the top lighter, by having more Plymouth Rock and Voyage in it
Wasn’t going for an OMBRE effect, like these previous pieces I did, but just wanted a softer fade from top to bottom
When I removed the grill, to paint around it, I wondered if I could/should use it as a template for the sides? You don’t know until you try, so I stippled out the sides using the lighter version over the darker first coat …
Putting the grill back, I wondered if I should finish it to a darker wood tone -
but then it struck me – I wanted to see SILVER with this beautiful color… so I got out the silver leaf, and gilded the grill
and then antiqued it with some of Caromal Colours Toner -
Then I worked on hardware. Instead of using the existing pulls, I swapped them out for 2 larger decorative knobs on the drawer, and a smaller one for the door. I silver leafed the necks, added some Crushed Tea, and then added some smoky swarovski crystals and clear ones that were a perfect tear drop shape
With the grill silver leafed, the piece was starting to look romantic to me – except the sides. They were distracting… I knew they had to go.
Kindof a third ‘wash’ layer, I mixed some Crushed Tea with a little Wild Horses and Lincolns Hat, to make a deeper Tea, and applied that with some water to create a darker ‘wash’ over the bottom area… I was worried that my blending was too subtle…. by time I got to the top of the drawer I faded it back .
Notice the side? :)
Instead of painting the two shelves, which were in great shape, I cleaned them up and stained them a dark walnut…
Leaf detail – and the first hint of Swarovski :)
and more where that came from…
I wanted to add more silver leaf – I just loved it with this color
I thought about the front raised medallions… I didn’t really want them to STICK out, but they were calling for something… so I silver leafed the outline of them, and then using a thick stone plaster (you can find that here) to stencil
Before sealing the whole piece – this one I used the Vintage Clear Wax – I lightly sanded my paint finish, using a 180 grit sand paper. I prefer sanding over wet wiping as I feel it gives me more control and a more refined finish -
Lastly, I cleaned up the inside drawer. I was so anxious to SEE what my finish was going to look like I finished the whole cabinet and ignored the drawer!
The drawer was actually in really nice shape, so I cleaned it up and walnut stained it, adding a little stencil accent to each side of the drawer -
… and then we rolled PRINCESS CRUSHED TEA out to front
even from the back I love her
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