The beauty of paint –
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I had my eye on this cabinet for the next purple piece –
I love purples, and others seem to as well –
Let the fun begin, first layer a mix of yummy purps….
Inside the cupboard I added some Dawns Early Light to the mix –
Did you notice anything different in the picture above?
The pattern on this door wasn’t made out of wood, it was actually painted on the glass… I never knew they did things like that back when…
I wondered if I couldn’t remove it with some simple green and a sharp blade… and indeed, that worked
I wanted to find the ‘just right’ stencil to create a new glass design – I thought this one would work with the more mod purple-
I love how the silvers play against purples, and imagined the stencil pattern in silver leaf. At my old store I silver leafed my window lettering- it was cool EXCEPT I sized and leaf’d directly over the glass, and from the back it was ugly – looking like bubbly yuk.
I learned from that. If I wanted to silverleaf this glass I’d start with the same dark brown basecoat that I use when I do furniture – Reclaim Mocha. The Reclaim, by Caromal Colours, is perfect because it acts as a primer, finisher, and sealer – all built in, and will bond to surfaces like glass, mirrors and metal.
First I stenciled with Reclaim Mochaand let it dry-
That way from the inside of the door it would look brown, like this –
I decided if the front glass was going silver leaf, the pretty legs/feet would too.
I first sealed the chalk clay paint on those FEET/LEGS with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish – you can NOT apply size directly to raw chalk clay paints –
and when the Topcoat dried I brushed on the Sticky Size
once it set up (10-20 mins) I applied the Silver Leaf
I had one of my helpers hand paint the size on the glass pattern – nothing beats young non shakey hands and good eyes!
and I worked on how I’d like the hardware to to look. I chose this knob to replace the tiny door pull,
and I kept and silver leafed the drawer pulls
Silver leafed door design
Then comes the sanding and refining
until I like the look and feel
I mixed up a Silver Wax using APC’s Clear Wax and Mica Silver, and I took some of their premixed Vintage Dark Wax and cut it with some Clear to lighten it up , then both of those went on at the same time, same brush-
When the wax was dry (about 4 hours) I buffed the finish, using my power drill brush and a soft cloth.
THEN, my favorite part!
I brought out the bling-a-bling-bling
doctored up the stencil
using various colors and sizes
and I make the door knob prettier, incorporating the same colors that I’d used on the piece
If you notice in the pictures further above, I also added these vintage crystals to the drawer pulls…. this cabinet is so square and boxy I was trying to GIRL it up some…
But my gut wasn’t sold on the hanging crystals and the next morning I yanked them off. (They made me think of hanging cow udders ) .
Instead, I decided to add crystal shoes 🙂 We flipped the piece over, I drilled some holes, cut down some knobs, and added hardware decorative backs that I have various styles of
It was JUST what I was imagining!
Simply F a B u L o U s!
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Roll out to the front…
Here you can see the shimmer of the silver mica nicely…
Snuck a little stencil on the top runner
The inside got a coat of APC Topcoat Finish to protect it, and to bring its color to true life…
L O V E
this stencil on the back!
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