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One Of My Favorite Dixie Chests …a Reclaim Test

I acquired this Dixie furniture when I was at my first store,  four years ago.  The picture cuts off the dresser on the left is actually a triple, and around the corner were two narrow bookcase units

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I don’t usually buy up full sets of furniture, but I loved the style and the condition was mint.   The pair of nightstands and armoire chest moved on to my current store, and this past Spring I decided they would be perfect for my next paint project –

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I decided to try a mix of our Reclaim paint and Botanical paint.  Reclaim is a waterbased low voc paint that bonds to near any surface, and unlike the other paint lines we carry, it also has a sealer in it. But Reclaim is not a ‘brush on’ type paint like our other paints – it functions best as a rolled on paint . If you brush Reclaim it will show application marks  aka brush strokes, especially the heavier you apply the paint.  We tell our customers if they have to brush the Reclaim , say parts of a chair or areas that are hard to roll, then apply the paint in light layers and try to keep your application strokes the same.

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The Botanical paint, also created by Caromal Colours,  is more like a chalky type paint, low voc’s, and most often is applied by brush.  It actually brushes out lovely, and doesn’t HAVE to have a finish coat over it to stay put, but it dries out to a flat chalky feel.  Colorwise, the lightest neutral of Botanical is Gardenia, an offwhite (top left).

I mixed part Botanical Gardenia, Part Off White Reclaim and part Bright White Reclaim, and started applying, thin, by brush

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I used our Textured Plaster  

 

and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils

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The original hardware would be refinished to a brass/bronze color, but I wanted something special on the top drawer.   I used several decorative backs, added a metal whispy knob, painted it to a pretty brass/bronze color, and added Swarovski crystals to complete the look

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I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even

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After that I went to work dressing up the piece, giving it those added touches that I love, to make it a one of a kind special…   I stenciled the inner drawer fronts,  and gave the inside and out of each drawer a freshening up of colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (6)

The top, originally that pear yellow color formica, needed to go deeper, I envisioned a pecan color to coordinate with the hardware, so I started to layer to achieve that result –fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (7)fabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (1)

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The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look

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 I’m really pleased with the that old formica top –   one of my favorite finishes back from my faux finishing days, creating authentic wood grain finishes –
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Of course, the feet had to be glammed up
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Definitely one of my favorite chests, not just for how it ended up looking, but for the whole package – the lovely design and furniture quality

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Look at all that storage!dixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grainWhen it came time for the petite nightstands, I finished them pretty much the same way except for the tops.   The tall chest had that  ‘fantasy/faux’ wood grain finish,  where I tried to get to that color tone that I saw in my head. In those cases I have no recipe to follow, I just trial and error until it works.   I  would have a miserable time trying to recreate an exact match.   Plus the nightstands were lower and I felt a darker top would weigh the pieces down…..

I decided to use that same plaster through lace for the tops-

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Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops

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Yay!  I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.

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The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio

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offwhite_custom_painted_french_provencial_chest_standThis winter weather has been amazingly mild for Michigan, and already I’m starting to get itchy for Spring…  here’s to another great week!

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Sharing Projects From Our Workshops…

Trying to round out the posts – customers projects,  things I’m working on, and all the fun paint projects created in our workshops –

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A chippy, worn finish, Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, Chipping Crème, TB Parchment, and Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, APC yellow chalk/clay, sanded/wet wiped to reveal, APC Topcoated to seal up the paint

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The body of this pedestal kept its original finish, the top, base and accent was given a warm silver/gold finish with Toner

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A layered, chippy finish can be obtained a number of ways – here the texture on the first layer is Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, but instead of ‘chipping creme’ and then another Textured Basecoat  she used American Paint Co’s Fireworks Red, one coat painted on just enough to cover.  When it dries you can sand with a 150 grit to get thru to the textured base, and you can damp rag it to reveal as well.

I think APC Dark Wax completed this finish-

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Brown wood drawers before,   I think this one is our custom Grey,  and the hardware was refinished using our Hardware Kit Brass
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A wood table before, got a layer of  Reclaim Mocha,  a layer of a Metallic Bronze Blend, and Black Glaze.  Stenciled with a lighter metallic-

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Top is 2 coats of Reclaim Mocha,  the rest has one coat Reclaim Mocha, then a rustic layer of metallic Silver Blend, and Toner

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Our custom Blue, with a white wash, stenciled with several colors of Stencil Cremes

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APC Chalk/Clay Voyage blue over  White, sealed with APC Topcooat. Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Texture Basecoat Chocolate, Metallic Silver Blend, Toner

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Our custom White, with a stencil color Mother Earth Stencil Creme – you can achieve the same color stencil using Toner –

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American Paint Co Freedom Road, with Clear Wax might have had some pewter mica and/or black pigment  in the wax …

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Basecoated with Reclaim Pewter,  top and accents topped with a soft metallic gold/silver

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Love how this one turned out – the attendee brought a pillow from home to match – she used Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think the blue was Reclaim Nantucket – sanded when dry, and stenciled with a champagne metallic –

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American Paint Freedom Road over Amber Waves Of Grain, sealed with APC Topcoat

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Metallic Bronze Finish over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sanded to reveal texture, topped with Black Glaze –

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American Paint Co Vintage White, Distressed and Topcoated.  Drawers Stenciled.

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Metallic Finish (Reclaim Licorice, Black Bronze, and Black Glaze)- stenciled in silver –

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First layer Reclaim Mocha, second layer Metallic Silver Blend and Toner. Stencil in Toner. Top remained Mocha – this table had a raised grain on top,  the Mocha so nicely accents it
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First layer Reclaim Licorice, Metallic Silver Blend with Toner on top and door
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First coat Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think it was our custom Vanilla,  sanded/wet wiped, then glazed
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This table was originally dark wood,  painted with our custom Vanilla  topped with Antique Glaze

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Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Textured Basecoat Wisteria over Colonial Blue, Chipping Creme in middle, with Tea Glaze. Stenciled with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Cobblestone over Peppercorn, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner.  Stenciled in metallic –

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Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Wine, and  American Paint Dark Wax

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American Paint Co Orange Grove, with APC Topcoat 

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This frame was refinished using our custom tinted Grey with wash

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American Paint Vintage White with APC Topcoat

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Not sure, I think Botanical Dahlia over Textured Basecoat Wisteria 

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Not sure….

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I think American Paint Leather Boots over Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, with APC Dark Wax

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American Paint A-mazing Yellow over Peacock, APC Topcoat

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Thought I’d include this one,  one of our larger Aged Paper Creating workshops  – I think I shared the final photo months back, but this was their fun group –

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This class mounted their choice of Aged Paper onto a glass mounted frame, layering to hide edges.  Our current Aged Paper Workshop will be working on large canvas mountings

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I think American Paint Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment over Candy Apple Red, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner and Toner stencil

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Patina with Tea Glaze

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French Blue with white wash and White stencil

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Metallic Silver finish with Toner and Stencil

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Grey Linen, with a Molasses Less Intense Glaze and a stencil using Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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