Behind The Scenes - Creating My Aged Stormy Mist Finish - Night Stands
Feb 21, 2019 | By: Refurbished Gentleman
WOW WOW WOW!!! What a transformation these have taken on y'all!!! Just another reason I LOVE MY JOB!!! From the blah drab brown wood to this layered, raised stenciled, crackled, distressed and waxed beauty ;) It's certainly a labor of love with something like this, as it's a lot of work, especially with those legs... but to see these final pictures and knowing where these are headed has made the journey and time spent all worth it. As you have seen in the Album Name, these were finish in my "Aged Stormy Mist", an all Dixie Belle Paint Company Finish. This time around tho, I decided on Cotton to mix with the Sea Spray AND... as you may have seen, I've used that Sea Spray & Cotton to not just give some texture here and there... I also decided to do a raised stencil to add a lil something to the once flat drawers and sides. I LOVE the rough look that turned out in the end as it coupled beautifully with the texture I'd laid in spots all over. Next was some layered spots of Stormy Seas. This was done to allow for darkening in spots and have a lil show through at the end when distressing happened. And before I went onto the next step, I decided the top needed a lil something special. So this is when I grabbed the Crackle!!! I'm LOVING the final look and again, knowing the texture from below would be there, the top just worked with some Crackle throughout. Then came the Savannah Mist... I painted this on, but not is a solid coat, I sprayed my mister and painted to get an even thin coat so that the layers from below were allowed to show through some. But the top was done a bit different... since I'd used the Crackle, I need to do a full thick coat of Savannah Mist and allow the Crackle to do it's work. Then after it had time to dry I did a wash of Savannah Mist over top of that, to allow that shading of blue into the cracks. Then came the FUN!!! Well, sort of... It's still in the 30s here some distressing is something I was looking forward to, to see how it all turned out with the Sea Spray, but going outside to do it... wasn't something I really wanted to do :P But as I got started and saw the layers from below peeking through the cold didn't bother me too much... I decided to bring out the wood too, which just added to the layers and aged look I wanted. Finally it was time for the top coat. For the top I decided on a Clear Coat in Flat and the bottom got a Clear Wax. The whole thing got some Brown Wax to add to the overall aged look and really antique it out more. But no piece of mine is complete without a lil bling ;) So to cap it off I went with Rub & Buff Silver Leaf to add a lil shine on the brand new doorknocker pulls and in some other raised spots throughout. I'm loving the final look, and hope ya'll do too.
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I took the Dixie Belle Paint Company Sea Spray and mixed it with Cotton for the texture I've added throughout and for the stencil I've added to the drawer and sides. I started with a little Sea Spray on the plate then added paint until I got the consistency I wanted.
Next was some layered spots of Dixie Belle Paint Company Stormy Seas. I laid it down in recessed areas, over the whole stencil and some corners and edges. I knew I'd be covering it up, so it's done in a way where the spots that peek through show some depth.
The top got a layer of Stormy Seas as well, but no texture. So to give the top a little something special to go along with the overall finish, I decided to use Dixie Belle Paint Company Crackle.
Once the Crackle dried, I added a layer of Savannah Mist overtop using my NEW FL Synthetic Brush, ensuring I didn't overwork it. Just paint on a good coat and leave it for the Crackle to do its job. To me, the tops is what made these pieces. The Crackle with all the colors peeking through was just perfect with the texture from below. Here's a fun time-lapse video to see what it does.
Next came a wash-like layer of Savannah Mist all over. This was one coat, painted on using my mister to thing it down some and allow for a nice even, but thin coat. This allowed the colors from below to peek through ever so slightly.
Distressing was the fun part!!! This was when all the layers upon layers started to come out and made the finish what it is. I decided to use my Orbital sander for most of it as the Sea Spray dries very hard. I did break out some sandpaper too tho, to ensure I got in all the detailed areas and made this look just how I wanted, including the new pulls.
Finally, y'all know me... BLING! This time around I decided on Rub & Buff Silver Leaf. I added it to the pulls, and some corners and raised areas throughout. Just felt like it needed a lil something extra when I was all said and done with the finish. Love this last lil touch and it truly capped off this fun finish and really transformed these night stands to something completely new.