Behind The Scenes - Creating My Stone Castle Finish
Oct 30, 2018 | By: Refurbished Gentleman
Here they are y'all!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!! Definitely by far my favorite Grey layered finish I've done so far!!! After lots of sneak peeks, I got final pictures (and lots) done AND... both pieces are already up to Restore Decor for Saturday morning's sale!!!
I decided on my "Stone Castle" finish for these pieces, hoping to really draw out the details. This finish is layers of Dixie Belle Paint Company Slick Stick, Sea Spray, Paints, Gator Hide and Waxes.
I started with Slick Stick, as you may have seen from the sneak peeks, due to the high gloss tops and plastic like areas on the drawers. Believe it or not, those amazingly carved areas throughout the drawers are all some kind of hard plastic built into the solid wood frame. So to ensure long lasting adhesion I went with a base coat of Slick Stick all over. Then I decided to add some texture to my "Stone Castle" finish to add another layer of depth. I love how this ended up, and I'm really loving that Sea Spray right now!!! I went with Manatee Grey & Sea Spray combo and added it in spots here and there. Next came the main color all over, which for this finish is Hurricane Grey. I painted it on, doing me best to show brush strokes all over. Normally you'd want to avoid brush strokes, but for a stone-like finish I'm looking for, I want lines that will show through in the next step. And of course the next step is dry brushing of another layer of Manatee Grey. This brings out the brush strokes from below AND now with the Sea Spray added, brings out all that glorious texture to really add to the effect. Then for protecting and the amazing matte finish, I went with Clear Wax all over. The top of the dresser did get Gator Hide instead, to ensure maximum durability. And what truly makes this finish, I ended with Black Wax. As y'all know, Black Wax is a favorite of mine and for this finish just makes it what it is! Especially with those textured areas, this really has taken on a stone like look. Then when I was finishing it up, I kinda knew I'd add some Sterling Silver Gilding Wax to the knobs, but taking a step back I thought, why not add more... So not only did the knobs get some Sterling Silver, but the raised edges of those amazing carved areas did as well. Then I didn't stop there... I decided the carved edging needed some as well along with a few edges here and there. To me it really tied in that silver look from the knobs and blended that bling!!! Who says stone can be fancy.
And as promised, this Blog will be a more in-depth look behind the scenes of how I got there following those steps above, with some additional pictures, including the "Before"!!!
Let's start with what everyone's been asking to see... The "Before" pictures... This is exactly how I found them on Facebook Marketplace. I knew right away if the price was right I'd have to have them, as pieces with detail like this you don't find everyday. Thankfully when I bought the pieces they were in great shape, and simply needed a new look.
Well after getting them home, it was time for cleaning and prep. Neither are my favorite thing to do, but must be done for a professional, long lasting finish. So first I did some scuffing with some 220 grit sandpaper & some cleaning with Dixie Belle Paint Company White Lightening. Then blue taping off the drawers to ensure nice clean lines along the edges.
Then came the Dixie Belle Paint Company Slick Stick. I used the Slick Stick as the tops were a high gloss laminate. And the uniquely carved inlays for the drawers were actually a hard plastic material. Hard to believe looking at it now that it was a hard plastic incased into the solid wood frame for all the drawers. So to ensure proper adhesion to both of those surfaces I went with the Slick Stick as my primer.
Sea Spray & Manatee Grey
At this point I'd decided to do my "Stone Castle" finish, but with my new found LOVE for Dixie Belle Paint Company Sea Spray, I thought why not add some texture to this stone-like finish to really add to the look. This stuff is amazing, and all you need is a little paint, a paper plate and some plastic utensils to make it.
I'll be doing a 4-part series on YouTube about how to use this product, so be on the lookout for that on my YouTube Channel.
Time for the main color! And of course for my "Stone Castle" finish it's Dixie Belle Paint Company Hurricane Grey. And I decided to put my the NEW Dixie Belle Synthetic brushes, this the Oval Medium (OM), to the test. I knew it would be a chore to paint into all the detailed areas on these drawers, so a great opportunity to push these new brushes to the limit. I have to say this passed with flying colors and even with all the jabbing into the spaces, the brush maintained its shape.
I broke out the New Dixie Belle Flat Large (FL) Synthetic Brush to paint the large flats areas, like the tops and sides once I got to the second coat. When I painted on the second coat I was ensuring I showed brushed strokes. Normally you'd try to avoid showing brush strokes, but for this finish I want to create a textured look so that was the start to making it stone-like in my original time creating this. This time around I added Sea Spray so we had some texture already, so adding the brush strokes too, simply furthered that look I wanted.
After two coats of Hurricane Grey, I'm back to Manatee Grey for the dry brushing part of this finish. For this I used the New Dixie Belle Synthetic Mini Brush. It's perfect for dry brushing with it being a flat brush with a chisel trim. Just dip the tip of the brush into your paint, then wipe off almost all of the paint onto another surface like a blue shop towel. Then gently lay the brush along the surface for the desired result. For this I wanted to draw out the brush strokes I created from below and give some highlights to the raised areas.
Time for the top coat. For this finish I used Dixie Belle Paint Company Clear Wax. Brushed it on and wiped it off using a blue shop towel. I'm a wax guy, I love the matte sheen that comes from it, and the creative control I have with the accenting colored waxes... which is next, BLACK!!! My absolute favorite accenting wax!!!
Best Dang Wax! - Black
It says it right on the can... Best Dang Wax! in Black. And I have to say, I've used a bunch and these have been my favorite waxes of all. If you've followed me for a while you know I'm a wax guy, and love the control wax gives me to be creative. And as you'll see in these pics, I've decided to really get that Black Wax down in the recessed areas for the drawers which was no easy task... Ultimately I had to just jab it down in there and know that Clear Waxing first will allow me to wipe it off without any issues, so I can keep the raised areas the dual colored grey and not black. This gave me a great gradient from dark to light for the drawers which really gave amazing depth. And as you'll see in the larger flat areas I've decided on an aged look, where the corners got most of the black, which worked amazingly well with the addition of the Sea Spray to those areas. Then the larger flat areas got some streaks across and blended in, to again show off the brush strokes from below as the dry brushing did.
And finally came the Dixie Belle Paint Company Sterling Silver Gilding Wax. This, as I mentioned at the top, was only supposed to go on the knobs for some added bling. But after taking a step back from the piece once this was done, I just felt like it needed more elsewhere. So I started on the raised edges of the drawers and that slowly turned into the raised carvings around the bottom of both pieces and then a lil here and there on some corners. It was done gently so not to take away from the stone-like finish, but to simply compliment it. For this I used my finger to get some from the tin, then spread it on the blue shop towel, and used the blue shop towel as my application method. Adding a couple layers to the knobs for a more pronounced look to those.
And VIOLA!!! Done and Done!!! All that was left was to take off all the blue tape and put the drawers back in for pictures!!!
This is by far, my favorite Grey layered finish I've made. The Grey selection from Dixie Belle Paint Company is amazing and has allowed me play and create and do whatever my mind can think up. I can see many versions of this style coming, with other grey and maybe even something with some colors. So stay tuned for more with Dixie Belle paints and products and of course, let me know if this new Behind The Scenes blog was helpful to see how it was done. If there's something I could add to help, don't hesitate to comment below. And as always, Happy Painting!!!