This week we finished a new piece and it’s generating a lot of questions…What paint color is that? How did you do the copper? What was it finished with?
So, in today’s post we’ll break it down for you and explain just how we created this look.
Just like the Paisley Piece, this buffet was something Paul and I have had for a very long time. In fact, when we purchased it, we didn’t have any immediate finishing plan (and it was too large to fit easily down the stairs into our studio space), so we decided to use it in our own dining room until we felt inspired.
That was over 2 years ago, and this buffet had been just right for us. The drawers are large enough to hold my big serving platters and the side cabinets are tall enough for bottles so we were using as our liquor cabinet.
However, a couple of months ago we acquired another (even larger) server that fit perfectly in the space this buffet occupied, so it was time for it to move on…and I had an idea.
We have been using a lot of metallic leaf as accents on pieces in recent months.
We had just finished the pair of large candle holders using copper leaf and I fell in love with the warmth of the copper. So, I told Paul that I wanted to completely cover the top in copper leaf and set it off with black on the body of the piece.
Paul was on completely on board but a few days later when we were discussing it again, he referred to it as ‘the copper top battery.’
Shoot, that hadn’t even occurred to me!
Thankfully I wasn’t married to the idea of the black, just something dark and dramatic so together we decided on a rich, deep blue.
We played around with a couple of color mixes and the one that we liked the best was the Napoleonic Blue and Graphite mix (equal parts). I mixed up a batch and we were off to the races!
Two coats of paint later and it looked beautiful. We decided that this finish should be clean and modern, so we let it sit for a week prior to applying Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.
TIP: Allowing time for the paint to cure before waxing will help prevent unintentionally distressing the edges during waxing.
TIP: I went back and, with just my finger, wiped a very small amount of Annie Sloan Copper Gilding Wax onto the edge where needed, to smooth out the line where the copper leaf ended.
While I had the Copper Gilding Wax out, I lightly dusted it over the blackened gold drawer pulls and handles. It’s the easiest way to give old hardware a face lift.
Paul and I were both so excited to see how this piece came together and it’s fun to see it finally sitting in the shop window, instead of in our dining room!
If you're interested in learning more about the techniques we talked about here, check out our Workshop page to see our schedule of upcoming classes.
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