Behind The Scenes - Creating My Shimmering French Lagoon Finish
Sep 15, 2019 | By: Refurbished Gentleman
After a few weeks of work here and there, peeks here and there on this BIG OLE dresser, it's all done. And let me tell ya it's monster. Shout out to my brother for help take this to the Ministry for another great week of sales. I need some young help with this stuff cus I'm getting a bit to old for pieces like this... LOL. If you've been following along, this was an all Jolie Home paint and waxes project with a lil assist from Re-Design to get that amazing stencil pattern across the top and sides. This new color I found in my Jolie Color Mixing Chart (which is AH MAZ ING), it's a 1:1 combo of Deep Lagoon and French Grey as the name kinda hints at. but I started with Pure White as a base knowing I'd be distressing down and wanting the white to peek through. I knew the stencil would be coming later and it would be in Pure White also so, having the peeks of Pure White from the distressing just brought it altogether. I used Jolie Clear Wax as my sealant and top coat, then used Jolie Black Wax in a glaze to add to the aged look. Then in the end, as you may have seen in the sneak peek, I used Jolie Gilding Wax in Silver to give that amazing shimmer across the raised edges and some of the rounded areas throughout. The stencil on top & side is a Re-Deisgn with prima marketing stencil called "Italian Flourish" and really added to the look and design of this dresser and it's new overall finish. So from the new color, to the stencil, to the shimmer throughout, this really was a fun transformation and I'm hoping y'all love it as much as I do. But now I get to go into more detail about how I did each step with some behind the scenes pictures.
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DECIDING WHAT COLOR WAS FUN
First thing was to find the right color for this piece. I had an idea in mind and only needed to narrow it down. I wanted to find a blue with a hint of grey to it. So I flipped through my NEW Jolie Color Mixing Guide and found a 1:1 mix of Deep Lagoon and French Grey that was exactly what I wanted. Now to do some mixing...
MAKING A NEW COLOR
If you're newer to mixing it's really quite simple. Just grab a Ball Jar, Food Scale and your paint. This is my go-to way to mix as you can measure the amounts to be exact AND have an air-tight container to ensure the longevity of your paint. I highly recommend the WIDE mouth Ball jars so you can fit brushes down into them without any issues. This mixture was a 1:1 mix of Jolie Deep Lagoon & French Grey. So just pour it into your jar, measure to ensure it's equal parts and shake, shake and shake some more. It will take a ton of skiing to get it all mixed but it will eventually.
JOLIE - PURE WHITE
Yup, I started by painting this dresser white and likely freaked someone out, because I rarely paint anything white. But the idea I had for this finish included distressing down through the new blue color and showing some white and wood through. So I started with 2 complete coats of Jolie Pure White, which included the hardware and all.
JOLIE - NEW COLOR - DEEP LAGOON & FRENCH GREY
Next was two full coats of the new blue color from our Jolie mixture of Deep Lagoon & French Grey. Again going over the hardware as well.
REDESIGN STENCIL - ITALIAN FLOURISH
Then came some fun... I knew I was gonna add this amazing Re-Design by Prima Marketing Italian Flourish stencil across the top, but when it was done and took a step back, I knew the sides needed it as well. I used Jolie Pure White for this step, to tie in all the peeks of white throughout from the distressing. I used an additive stippling effect with a Sea Sponge to paint it on to keep a more imperfect look. After the stenciling was done all over, I went back over those areas with the Sea Sponge and Pure White again. This time just a gentle amount to fill it in some. This is one of my favorite effects and I plan to do an Instructional Video on this process to better explain and show how I do it.
Now it's time to bring back the wood and just a lil of that Jolie Pure White we started with, with a gentle distressing along the raised areas, edges and corners. For this I used 3M no slip grip 220 sandpaper, as the higher the grit the better I feel I can get the exact details I want. Sometimes if you got too low with the grit, the paint will come off in a much hasher way, and after layers you really don't wanna mess up this part. And your safety moment here... distress outside only and be sure to use a mask and eye protection... SAFETY FIRST!
JOLIE CLEAR WAX
Next came the top coat... I used Jolie Clear Wax for this step, brushing it on and wiping off the excess with blue shop towels. The Clear wax will deepen the color of Jolie paint ever so slightly and get you the true color of what you're using.
Then came Jolie Black Wax... and if you've followed my journey in painting furniture, you know I LOVE me some Black Wax. As you'll see in the picture, I made my own Black Wax Glaze container using an empty Clear Wax can. Now, you're asking two questions??? How do you make wax glaze??? And why??? It's very simple to make, you take some Black Wax and add just a lil Mineral Spirits and stir in together. It will NOT want to, but it will eventually. Just grab a couple plastic spoon and mush and mash and stir until its all mixed together and the consistency of cake batter. Add a lil Mineral Spirits at a time until you get there. And why??? I've found if you thin down the wax, just a bit, it allows better maneuverability of the wax once it's brushed on and when wiping off. This is especially true if you don't want a thick coat or streaks of the wax. I do this for Black and Brown accenting waxes like what Jolie has.
THE BLING! - JOLIE SILVER GILDING WAX
And of course some bling! I added some Jolie Silver Gilding Wax along all those beautiful carvings in the drawers, the hardware and even some other areas throughout to finish that shimmering look. I'll attached a video from my YouTube Channel with a lil more about how to apply Gilding Waxes... This was a LIVE on my FaceBook page, so just fast forward to 4 minutes in for the Gilding Wax specific part.
HOW TO APPLY GILDING WAX
And VIOLA! After layers of Jolie paints and waxes and that awesome Re-Design Stencil this HUGE dresser was transformed into something new and special, definitely something one of kind now.