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, I've created a Blog that is a more in-depth look behind the scenes of how I got there following those steps above, with some additional pictures, including the "Before"!!!