I recently acquired this chest, Danish style, with clean, simple lines
Heavy. Solid. Clean. Square. Modern. Not what I’m used to. The owner, passing it on to me, said she thought I could make something out of it….
See the sideboard behind it? That’s more my style, when I’m creating decorative paint finishes – pretty details to draw out… this piece reminded me of a TV from the Jetson’s cartoon I watched as a kid….
I decided to gold leaf it. When I look through design magazines it never fails – I can almost always find a gilded finish on something. I favor silver finishes, so for that reason I chose gold, change things up a bit, right?
I cleaned the piece and basecoated with Reclaim Licorice, a primer/base/sealer from Caromal Colours.
I applied a gilding size, and when it was set applied the gold schabin leaf
When I use leaf I always apply in a broken method. I don’t have the patience or steady enough hand to lay leaf squares in a grid, so this works better for me, and I love the look you can achieve from it
Always messy, no sense cleaning up until its all done. These legs are bothering me – I’m not quite sure, at this point, what I’ll do with them –
When I got the front leafed, I sat back and stared at the results… it was pretty, but THERE. I knew I wasn’t going like the WHOLE piece leafed, it was going to be too much. Maybe because in my eye it would STILL be a big, modern looking square shape , just gold now instead of wood.
I got out a stencil – Gabriel’s Gate, by Wallover Stencils. The plan was to create an allover stencil in black, and then take the top black – a textured plaster hide –
Starting the stencil –
Stencil done, top drying…
I bladed the texture black plaster through cheesecloth then pulled to reveal the design, I have a you tube video showing how to achieve this finish , you can find it here
Usually I’ll do this and then paint it metallic and stain it, but here I wanted a jet black top – the chest came with a custom cut slab of glass for the top, so the black texture underneath would be eye catching…
When the top dried, I used an acryllic satin wax tinted with black mica, and bladed that over the top to finish it off. I sprinkled a tiny bit of fine gold glitter powder over it, to add just a mere shimmer
When I moved it to the showroom I still wasn’t right with it…. loved the top, loved the front, but the rest was too gold and gleeny…. and the legs were bugging me. I wanted them to just fade away. Painting black wasn’t an option – too basic….
Instead I used a custom mixed black wax to seal the sides and legs, changing the gold leaf to a blackened bronze, and left the drawer fronts to be the focal point. Hard to photo, you can still tell that the whole piece is leafed, just parts of it are blackened, which go well with the black top and black stencil –
To finish it off, I added various sizes of clear swarovski crystals to the stenciled elements
It is for sale, I just have to figure out WHERE to hang the price tag from!
Not paint, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up. Now on to the next project!
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