I love projects like this one because I have the opportunity to try and learn new things without stepping too far from my comfort zone.
I had already worked with metallic paint, but my experience with golds and silvers had been mostly limited to small pieces and details or trims of larger pieces.
My client wanted this entire dresser to be gold, but not too shiny, not to bold. So far my best experience with metallic paint has been with Moder Masters so decided to stick to it.
I tested the two different shades of MM gold paint I had on my shelves with some dark wax, then some glaze, then finally some stain.
The finish with dark walnut stain was the winner and my client liked it too.
For the light areas in the hutch and chair, I also tried something new.
I usually use Calcium Carbonate to make my own chalk paint, but I had received a sample of Pixie Dust Chalky Paint Powder and this was my chance to try it.
Over all it’s very good stuff. Mixing it was as simple as the Calcium Carbonate. It dissolved well when I added it to my paint and, different from CC, I didn’t have
any lump issues during the whole time I was painting. Chalk paint made with CC is excellent if used right after you mix it, but if you store it for a while, especially in low temperatures, it will form small lumps of powder that are a pain to get rid of.
What I used:
Desk and back of hutch:
Modern Master Warm Silver metallic paint
Rustoleum Dark Walnut Stain (for glazing)
Huch and chair:
Homemade chalk paint with Valspar Graceful White and Pixie Dust Chalky Paint Powder.
Minwax Stain – Provincial (as glaze)
Here are the pictures. This project took me around four days of work, but I am very happy with the result.
What is your experience with metallic paint?