Behind The Scenes - Creating My Gentleman Black Finish
Oct 10, 2018 | By: Refurbished Gentleman
Sometimes when you finish a piece you just feel like it's so you... this is one that has completely transformed from what it was when it was brought to me, into this stately, upscale and very Refurbished Gentleman look. I just couldn't help but give it a name suitable for how it made me feel finally seeing it in pictures. So this finish I'm calling, "Gentleman Black".
This was my very first piece using Dixie Belle Paint Company Caviar and I have to say, it's incredible. A true, deep, rich black and hopefully my pictures can show that to y'all here. After two coats of Caviar I distressed some, mainly hitting the corners and edges and not trying to overdo it, just to give a hint of the freshly prepped wood from below and show a lil age. We decided to Clear Wax the bottom and Gator Hide the top for added protection. The hardware got a lil bling using Rub & Buff Pewter to really finish off this overall elegant look. It's clean and simply, just one color, but it's a stunner and I couldn't be happier with how it ended up... especially knowing where it was when I started and the work that it took to get to this. So this was a custom order, for my new client and friend Deb. Thanks for trusting me to breathe new life into it... and... you've got another set of pictures coming for your second piece I'm finishing up now. Another done in Caviar, with a lil twist that I think everyone, including you Deb, will enjoy.
This piece started out in a bit of rough shape, having been brought to me previously painted. And we originally thought I could paint over what was there, but after some testing, the integrity of the original finish was not good enough to be painted over. So as you may have seen in some sneak peeks, this got sanded down and primed for a brand new look. And here's the Blog I promised to explain how it all happened.
This was how I originally saw it... On the surface, it didn't look too bad and I was hopeful that I could simply paint over this current finish to match what my client wanted. But after closer inspection... That original finish just wasn't adhering properly, and some drawers were sticking and hitting from too much paint. So knowing anything over that would only make it worse, and certainly couldn't be guaranteed... so... the work began.
Started sanding... and just kept going. The previous finish came right off with a light sanding in spots and in others, pealed off like sticker from it's backing... NOT good at all. Which is why proper prep is always key. This made me really happy to go thru these steps to truly ensure a long lasting finish for my client. A TON of work, but worth it!
Yup, you're reading that right... CLEAR!!! This primer from Dixie Belle, called BOSS goes on a milky color then dries completely clear! Decided to add a couple coats of this just in case I had a tannins bleeding thru, even tho I was going with Caviar (Black).
Then came the top coating for the bottom, which we decided to wax. So I went with Dixie Belle Clear Wax. For this, I brushed it on and wiped off the excess using blue shop towels. Buffing a day later once it had time to dry some.
Then came Dixie Belle Gator Hide on the top. I even used their lil blue application sponge... AND... did a How To video for my YouTube Channel for ya'll. This picture was after one coat. I also used the generic sponge brush with the pointed end to get in the recessed areas.