I heart Diane. I first met Diane a few weeks ago when she emailed me to inquire about the Metallic Secretary. She came. She saw it. She LOVED it. It went home with her. She told me that she had a few other pieces at home that she wanted me to put my stamp on; a cabinet, a set of nesting tables, and a side table. She requested that they be done in a palette of metallics, using this lamp, this pencil cup, and these handles that she purchased (on clearance, she had me know) from Susan Goldstick as inspiration.
I was positively giddy about this project! After the secretary, which was my first attempt at a patinaed metallic finish, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to do more. In fact, when I went to pick up the pieces from Diane, I had already began work on the Antiqued Champagne Gold Nightstands, so this was obviously something that was going to work well with my current aesthetic. 🙂 I was also very excited when Diane mentioned using some different metallics because, as fate would have it, Deco Art had just sent me a couple of different shades from their Elegant Finishes Metallic Paints to try out. For this project, I used Champagne Gold and Silver Sage (which I ended up darkening a little bit with some Burnt Umber craft paint.)
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I have to say, I absolutely LOVED working with the Deco Art Elegant Finishes. They are really, a true metallic paint. It ended up looking very much like leaf. Many metallic paints look like colored paint with flecks of metallic in them. These are REALLY metallic looking when they are dry. A few tips if you decide to give the Elegant Finishes a try for yourself: 1) Paint a base coat or tinted primer that is of a similar color to the metallic top coat. (It doesn’t have spectacular coverage, and you will save yourself lots of time and paint if you do a similar toned base coat before you use the metallic paint. I did not do this with the gold, so I went back and painted a gray primer where I wanted to paint the silver. Live and learn.) 2) You WILL get brush strokes, so work with it! (Try to make your strokes very straight and deliberate. Use a fine brush, like the Purdy brand one that I use, and a light hand.) I found that using the glazes to add patina to the finishes worked great with these paints. Here’s how the set turned out!
The cabinet is really the centerpiece of the whole set. The design was inspired by Susan Goldstick’s work, with the contrasting inset panels. I adore the knobs!
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I think this set is a great balance of harmonious coordination without being too matchy-matchy. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out, and (I think) neither could Diane. 🙂 She also picked up the Antiqued Champagne Gold Nightstands! Glad she’s embraced the metallic trend like I have! ‘Till next time!!
I’m sharing this project with the lovely gals over at The DIY Club!
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