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
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 –
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.
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
I used our Textured Plaster
and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils
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
You can see in this photo how the paint is in various stages of coverage, the upper section still showing it’s original yellowy color
I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even
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 color
The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look
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
Look at all that storage!When 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-
Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops
Yay! I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.
The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio
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