Go figure, I didn’t take a before photo of this powder room. I was hired to do a cool textured stone finish on the walls. The basecoat was a metallic bronze, and I suggested to the client that she consider painting her white crown molding to a rich bronze.
SCREECH! Brakes… Often, I get scared looks from clients at this point. Much like when I suggest they paint their ceiling, say black. So what do I do? VISUAL. I show them –
Once they can SEE a decorated piece of trim, next to their ‘new wall finish’ it’s much easier to get an ‘Okey, lets go for it!’
Anytime I paint over existing white trim I like to base coat it black first. Typically, metallic paints are quite translucent, and 3 coats later you still don’t feel like you have good coverage. Give it a coat of black primer paint. ( I prefer Setcoat black but its not readily available) –
Brush on one coat of black. Then get a quart of Modern Masters Metallic Paint color Antique Bronze-
Brush on 1 coat of Antique Bronze Metallic Paint. When it dries you might need to go back and do another coat
When the bronze dries, try Old Masters Wiping Stain or Gel Stain in a dark black color – Spanish Oak.
Old Masters Gel Stain is oil based. Think messy. Stinky. Staining….. cover everything! Use a brush that you plan on throwing out (cleaning up after oil is a drag). Have turpentine on hand for cleanup of spatters. Put your gloves on, and brush on the Spanish Oak stain-
Brush it on your trim piece then take a piece of cheese cloth, ball it up, and lightly wipe off the stain. Use a dry chip brush, to brush one more time over the trim to even everything out. Pounce (lightly bounce) your bristles into the corners, then continue on to the next run –
If you really want to kick it up, do the back of the door as well. This door was originally white. Doors are trickier though, you need to work one section at a time or you’ll get yourself into trouble. Before doing a focal door, practice on a junker…
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