Mid-century furniture has made a come back, but it’s typically not a style I like to work with. It reminds me of old fashioned contemporary, and contemporary doesn’t work for me either. The mid-century pieces I’ve acquired thus far have either been given to me, or dropped off to me for a nominal fee.
This bedroom set has no before photos. No during either. Let’s just say it was lighter brown.
You think I could freely paint it pink or purple or green, or all three at once, but that doesn’t feel right to me. The last mid-century piece I had I gold leafed – this time I still saw something metallic. Instead of silver or bronze, which I do quite a bit, I decided to go with more of a green bronze.
The pieces were cleaned (mild soap, simple green etc) and then we brushed on one coat of Caromal Colours Reclaim Licorice (black) – the perfect basecoat, bonds and seals itself, and the dark color shows off metallic brilliantly.
When then black dried, I brushed on one coat of a Blackened Bronze Metallic, applying lightly, building as I went – the metallics can look ‘eh’ if they are applied too heavy. When the bronze dried I applied a black Licorice glaze and softened it with a cloth – the glaze gives a light antiquing to the metallic finish.
The tops I initially gave more of a wood grained finish, but when the pieces were finished, I felt the top and base blended together too much.
I had already doctored up the original knobs by adding a back plate and a Swarovski crystal to the knob itself –
and the bar style handle was too classic not to keep – so I got it to work with the other pulls by embellishing with the crystals.
I decided to give the tops a reptile hide finish – I take a black acrylic plaster and blade it through cheesecloth, paint the dried texture (this one was a blend of silvers), and top it off with a brown liberon wax, that polishes and adds an aged effect.
The final top color tied in well with the hardware.
Day 3, a reptile hide TRIO – the three pieces above, right? Technically, yes, but I am on a mission to get moving through the masses of photos stored on my camera card, and it just so happens I have two other places I used that reptile hide finish, so my TRIO is three projects!
But first, I need to go back in time, and share the creation of our downstairs bar. Last summer we moved into a new home that luckily came with drywalled basement walls, electrical, and bath plumbing. We finished it up with some great pad and carpet, and our friend installed some Home Depot cabinets (that I knew I could ‘faux’ up) and built a bar out of plywood and mdf.
One of the benefits of having been a faux finisher – I’ve got a lot of products still on the shelf that can be utilized to create cool stuff 🙂
For these counters I pulled out my Aurastone products. If you can tell below, the first step is to float out several layers of a stone-like plaster that dries hard and porous -a perfect canvas.
I used a blend of many – light colorants, heavy pigments, stains -the hard part is knowing HOW it will dry aka how it will look, because as it’s applied wet on wet you can’t see much. Below, is how different sections dried –
And this is the yuk mess that results – the squirt bottles always clog on me –
The two tier counter dry-
At this point you can add some cut glass, sparkly stuff, and even ‘shoot’ veins using Krylon’s Webbing spray – it’s the funnest part!
The result of the Krylon Webbing, below –
After it’s good and dry, it’s time to mix the epoxy. This parts a bit stressful, especially for pouring larger areas, like the 2-tier counter. The epoxy is pricy – and you need to do everything precisely or your surface will fail. If you mix too much it will be wasted. if you mix too little, you’ll have to waste precious time mixing more. You only have so much time to work it before it starts to set.
I enjoy creating with Aurastone, but for these reasons I save it only for really custom pieces, at the store.
Notice the fossil I found in my dried epoxy, the next morning? NICE.
The counters, complete – they turned out pretty cool.
Now I can fast forward to this past May, when our basement flooded – twice in two days. 😦 All the pad and carpet went to the curb. Every wall was opened so forced air could insure fast dry and no future mold. Let’s just say it’s been a loooooooong three months.
Thankfully, we put humpty back together again – not wanting to go through that again, we opted out of nice carpet and pad, and instead spent that money on porcelain tile that looked like barn wood. I didn’t think I’d like it (cold, hard, etc), but once everything was done I was really pleased with the result-
When I was repainting, I got to the bar backsplash and thought ‘I could do the reptile hide on this!’ – so I did.
Whooo hoooo! That worked perfectly, was fast, and I was a happy gal 🙂
That same night I decided to ‘HIDE’ the top of our coffee table. It had gotten nicked up a bit and looked tired. I knew this finish could withstand teenager traffic, and the color went well with everything else, so I went for it.
I didn’t blade it on as heavy, so it left a little less texture. The walls in the TV area got a troweled finish of several metallic plaster colors that I had on hand. I love the resulting color., just a little deeper than the main walls.
So that’s my trio of projects, where a reptile hide looking finish played a part in each.
The products used to create the metallic finish and the reptile hide finish are available in store and on our online store.
The Aurastone/Granicrete counter system I can NOT sell or instruct. I am only a certified installer.
The troweled metallic wall plasters I do not stock.
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