I have an awesome client who is moving out of the area :(, and she offered me a couple pieces to purchase. Isn’t this tallboy chest-on-chest dresser equisite? My vision for this piece included metallic chalk paints from the start.
Here are the products I used to achieve this look.
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Silk Quiet Cove
I chose the Silk paint line from Dixie Belle for a couple reasons. I’m not sure what the existing finish was, but it looked like spray paint on top of the original finish. Due to the shininess, it needed a primer for better adhesion.
Silk has a built-in primer (equivalent to 1 coat of BOSS) and top coat, so it eliminates a few steps.
Also, Quiet Cove, a blue-gray color, has great coverage and is the perfect shade underneath the Dixie Belle Moonshine Metallics I’m using.
To apply the Silver Bullet and Steel Magnolia metallics, I used a small brush called La Petite. It has a point on it, so it also great for stenciling.
Going back and forth between the two colors, I pounced them just on the drawers. This adds more texture and interest than painting it on with smooth strokes.
It’s also more forgiving because a smooth metallic will show every flaw in the surface. So that’s a tip if you want to use metallics without having to worry about brush strokes or nicks and dings in your piece.
Stencils with Metallic Chalk Paint
I wanted to add a subtle feature on the front, so I stenciled in random areas using one of the sheets from the Lace silkscreen stencil. It’s in the same metallic colors, so you have to look closely to see it.
Next, I moved on to the sides. Using the large mylar Harlequin stencil, I filled in the bottom framed area. Again, this is just a combination of the two metallic paints.
For the top framed area, I used the Lace silkscreen again. I didn’t want it to be perfect, so I overlapped a little and left a few gaps. I feel like this adds character. I also pounced a little around the edges.
Lastly, I gave the existing Ah-mazing hardware a little dry brush of Steel Magnolias before reinstalling it.
Let’s take a look back at where this project came from. Peeling spray paint to this elegant metallic finish. Please Pin!
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