I just finished working on this console table for a young client. She purchased this table from The Bombay Furniture Company, and like all their furniture, it was originally a dark cherry wood colour. My young client wanted it to be painted black with gold accents. I had previously used "Liquorice" by Country Chic Paint before on these end tables and was very happy with the results. It is now my "go-to" paint when I want a "true black". The coverage is so great. It only required one coat of paint on this table! Yeah! This paint is self-levelling and so it does not leave any brush strokes. When I was working on this piece, it was quite warm so I waited 24 hours before distressing and waxing. So after it dried properly, I waxed the whole piece with a clear natural wax.
This is what it look like "Before".
So initially the plan was to distress a little of the black paint and do just a bit of gold highlighting. We kept all the original hardware and just sprayed them with Rustoleum Specialty Metallic spray in the gold colour, and to make extra sure the gold would not rub off, I sprayed a clear satin protective spray lacquer over it.
The picture above is the test I showed my client with some distressing. In the end my client did not like the cherry colour peeking through, so I repainted the legs. However, distressing is very easy with this paint. As you can see, when you first apply the Liquorice colour, it appears to be more of a dark charcoal, but once waxed, it truly looks black.
For the gold highlighting on the table, I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Gold Rush. It's just like Rub 'N Buff. I purchased both gold products at Michael's. I first attempted to apply the gold wax lightly with a daubing sponge on the rings of the legs and all the edges of the table top. This is what it was looking like.......
Very uneven and blotchy. It actually looked worse in person. I found there was just too much contrast between the dark color and the gold, and my lines were not straight. Grrrrrr! I personally would have stopped with just a bit of gold on the legs, but my client wanted gold all along the top edges too.
Since the Metallic Lustre is a wax, I knew it could be removed with mineral spirits, and that is what I did. It removed quite easily with just a bit of rubbing with a rag.
I attempted a second try, this time I used Frog Tape and taped all around the edges so I would have nice straight lines. I applied the gold wax paste much more heavily this time so there would not be any uneven blotches. This paste seems to dry almost instantaneously, so there is not much time for spreading.
As you can see above, there was still a bit of re-touching to make my lines straight and this was easily fixed with a Q-tip dipped in mineral spirits.
I think for lighter painted furniture, just dabbing a bit of the gold wax paste would not have been a problem, but with black the uneven contrast just shows up looking very blotchy.
In the end, my client was very happy with the results. This is the advantage of doing custom work. Sometimes the client's vision will push you to try something you would never have tried.
Here she is, looking very HOLLYWOOD GLAMish!
The gold wax buffs to a shine.
DIY HAT DISPLAY STAND
I also wanted to show you this quick DIY project - The Hat Display Stand. I basically took an old candle holder and an old wood salad bowl. I turned the salad bowl upside down and glued them together. Then sprayed it all with the same gold spray like the hardware. It took a full 10 minutes in all! With the rounded full top of the salad bowl, your straw hats will not get deformed. Just think what a great display you can have with many different hats, varying the heights. My candle holder was metal, but imagine thicker wooden candle holders.
So tell me, are you like me and tend to purchase straw hats when on vacation and never know where or how to store them? I hope this solves your problem!
Have a great day!
- Mary -
Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of products from Country Chic Paint in exchange for writing this review. All opinions are my own.