( post includes a short video demo of the paint finish – read on 🙂 )
This was our dining room set that we bought when we moved into our second house in the late 90’s, the hutch
an oval table, 2 leaves, and 6 chairs.
When we temporarily moved before our present house was built, we needed a table and chairs. I knew I’d never use this dining room in a dining room again – for one, I’m not a dining room person, and two I hated the oak finish. So I decided to paint the table and chairs with Caromal’s textured basecoat peppercorn – make it Pottery Barnish… but I only got as far as the chairs, so this is how we used it
When we moved to our new home this summer this set when to the store. The table and chairs sat in back, and the hutch sat out front……
I wanted the whole set to flow, so I based out the table with one coat of Caromal Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, including the top. Then I got out my trowel and bladed on a coat of textured base black, an acrylic plaster. Any acrylic plaster would work (acrylic plasters are usually the ‘venetian plasters’ that aren’t lime based).
When the top was dry I damp sponged on, and bladed on, several colors of acrylic metallic waxes – a copper, a gold and an iridescent green. Then I troweled over it with a black tinted satin wax . It’s a real artsy medium to play around with, we dabbled into this a little in one of our level 2 workshops late last year, and I think everyone would agree, you’d want to get some sampling under your belt before attempting it on a larger space. I have yet to be able to ‘exact duplicate’ a former finish, they all turn out different…
This was one of the 2 leaves . The sides already second layered – a coat of American Paint Company’s Limoge (thinned with water) over the black peppercorn
Then the table got its second coat, using APC Limoge
This was a work in progress, meaning I wasn’t 100% WHAT I wanted to end up with, so I only did part of the table, enough to do a ‘test’. I lightly sanded the Limoge to pop the black
then I brushed it with a coat of American Paint Company’s Topcoat Finish. This seals up the paint nicely
Then I got out American Paint Company’s new glazes – both the pretinted black and brown – and mixed my blackish brown shade – by using 2/3 black 1/3 brown and 50% water
and brushed it over the dried Topcoat Finish, like an easy wash
and then wiped back with a clean dry terry rag
I could have left it just like this, LOVED the color… but, I wanted it warmer. After all, the top was coppery…
So I took some left over American Paint Company Light Wax (discontinued) and mixed it 1/2 and 1/2 with their Dark Wax (you can also use Dark Wax mixed with 50% Clear Wax)
A little lighter than the dark
I scrubbed it on, over the dried glazed finish
and then softly wiped it back
and the bottom part was done. And I liked it.
The top is cool – it brought back memories of all the walls I used to trowel. the key to a nice, organic flow, on larger spaces is move fast, work small areas, into each other, layer ALOT, and have enough experience under your belt to know how to make the uh-oh’s look just like the rest…
Table done, time to move it out to the showroom
Now the chairs… I knew I wasn’t going to like the chair fabric – the seat pads are in great shape, but the fabric itself always showed water marks…. too stodgy
I painted the seat cushions American Paint Lincoln’s Hat, then sealed the paint using APC Topcoat Finish, then applied one more layer of APC Topcoat, only this one had APC Copper Mica mixed in it – it gave the fabric a little bit of shimmer
I added a metallic coppery backed oval, and a Limoge number (1-6) to each seat before I sealed them. I know, some are wiggling in their seats “Why would you ruin those seats by painting?”
This is how I looked at it – I myself, would not buy the set and LOVE the existing fabric – we’ve painted numerous fabric pieces in the store and every single one has sold. Yes, it feels weird to touch, but it feels normal to sit and it actually holds up nicely. And how often are dining room chairs used, anyhow? If someone doesn’t like the cushions, then they can recover – just like they would have recovered the original fabric, because it was stodgy and water marked looking. 🙂 (like my logic?)
The chairs, originally painted Peppercorn, got a coat of APC Limoge,
Before the chairs were even glazed and waxed I knew I wasn’t going to like light… I didn’t want the WHOLE set to be the same color…
I figured we could use Lincoln’s Hat so that the chairs would be a softer black . Nobody liked me that day for wanting to paint the chairs, again….
In the mean time, the hutch got a coat of Caromal Peppercorn
and then a wash of American Paint’s Limoge. As that dried I stared at the hutch and wondered how I could tie it into the whole set – copper table top and all….
I thought about created a copper metal all over look on the back mirrors, and tried several stencils (wiping it all back off), not liking either. Then I pulled out this one, Organica, from Wallover (which ended up getting totally destroyed on this project), and knew it was what I wanted.
I thought twice about doing this, it would mean 2 layers, everywhere, climbing over those trim pieces (ugh), but I knew it would be beautiful in the end… In a nutshell, I used a stencil brush and stippled on Caromal Colours Reclaim black (licorice) – almost a dry brush so it would keep the bleed down. There was no way I was using stencil adhesive on this project – it’s worse than bleed to clean off glass and mirror… I taped and held the design, and stippled the Reclaim.
The Reclaim is a perfect base for this – it not only bonds to anything but also is self sealing, so once it cures it stays put. There was NO way I was stenciling this whole thing black, THEN going back and re-doing all the metallic over it, so I kept the stencil in place, took a blow dryer and lightly hit the area (10 or so seconds) to flash dry the paint – I used another stencil brush and stippled a little copper, a little copper blend and some iridescent green wax all over the design. The acrylic waxes dry so quickly it was easy to pound one over the other.
Most of it was tolerable, except when the design jumped the raised wood strips – then it didn’t lay flat, and trying to get a clean edge was impossible. That meant ALOT of razor blade clean up… but it was worth it.
Once the inside was stenciled and the outside was painted Limoge, I light sanded it to again reveal the black Peppercorn base –
Then sealed it with APC Topcoat Finish –
Really , can’t find an easier all natural, water based,, non yellowing, HARD drying topcoat/sealer than this stuff. At full strength it’s like water, making the application effortless…
You can see where I’ve swiped on the Topcoat – it soaks right in to those absorbent paints –
When that dries, on goes the glaze wash…
When that dried, on went wax- when you’re applying wax over an already sealed finish, it doesn’t take nearly as much wax – it almost just glides on , all over, more on the surface , and then the excess is wiped off. You don’t HAVE to wax over Topcoat – I just did to get the warmer tone…
Hutch ready to move to floor – where I’ll finally be able to put all the glass shelves back in it
I love jazzing up knobs, but was limited on this piece because the door span was so narrow
So I used what I had – hit them with Reclaim Licorice, then some of the wax and adhered a crystal to the front
I had more room with the drawer pulls, and tried to swap out a number of dressier knobs, but didn’t like any of them. I ended up using these backings with the same knob – it did just enough for me
I’m really glad I stuck with the stenciling, it popped this piece –
Did I mention, it’s got this cool hinge light mechanism – touch the hinge and the lights go on, on more, then on bright – Fancy!
Kept the inside black – used APC Lincoln’s Hat, sealed with APC Topcoat Finish
Lastly, back to those chairs….
Gave them a light sanding, then sealed with APC Topcoat Finish mixed with Copper Mica, and then a swipe of APC Topcoat finish mixed with Black Mica – (APC offers the Mica’s in copper, gold, silver, pewter, and black)
Three chairs down, three to go…
The two leaves tucked in the back corner, waiting for a new home!
I’m not a huge fan of refinishing whole sets – they take so long…. so I’m really thankful this project is almost complete!
Last minute , I decided to put a quick, frill less video together, showing how easy this paint finish is
You can find that six minute video by clicking on the link below
HOW MUCH DID WE USE?
- 1 quart Caromal Colours textured basecoat Peppercorn
- 1/2 pint American Paint Company Limoge (on the table and hutch)
- 1/2 qt APC Lincoln’s Hat (inside hutch, chairs and chair pads)
- 1 16 ounce bottle APC Topcoat Finish
- couple tablespoons APC Black Glaze
- couple tablespoons APC Brown Glaze
- 4 oz mixed APC dark with light wax
- couple teaspoons Copper Mica
- teaspoon Black Mica
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