The raised stencil look has been extremely popular for me. It takes an otherwise plain front furniture piece and adds a texture to it that you can’t help but touch. I love pieces that engage all of the senses.
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I began this piece with a good cleaning with a thorough cleaner. It continuously wiped dirty, brown rags, so I could tell it was a bleeder. I followed up with a coat of a stain and odor blocking primer, in white.
It’s not much to look at at this point, but I have a solid base to start laying my finishes on. I lightly sprayed the Jameela Vine Stencil in 3m super 77 spray adhesive and placed it over my drawers. Using Mud from and a spatula tool from Prima Marketing, I scraped a thin, even layer of mud over my stencil. The stencil removal is where the magic happens!
I removed the old carved wood from the top center, it was in poor condition, far more effort to save it than replace it. This medallion from Wood U Bend mouldings fit perfectly! You can find a Wood U Bend retailer HERE.
The keyholes and hardware backings were cast with resin and ReDesign with Prima silicone moulds. I sealed all of my work under a coat of gray spray primer so I could blend over top without reactivating the Dixie Mud.
Metallic paint inherently has fewer pigments in it, so I prefer to use a base of regular paint under my metallics. This was a color blended base of Hurricane Gray, Manatee Gray, Driftwood and Sawmill Gravy, a beautiful finish in its own right!
Metallics catch the light, so every brush stroke is all that much more important. I tinted the Silver into 4 custom shades using Stormy Seas, Manatee Gray, Haint Blue, and Cotton. Just a few drops is all it takes to tint paint, so mix slowly.
I choose to spray my clear coats for the most flawless finish. Two coats of satin clear coat and this piece was ready for finishing touches. I used ReDesign with Prima decor waxes in Eternal, Shiny Star, and Diamond Dust to add sparkle to all those details. In the light, she throws a magical glow from every angle.
This one is going home to sit between 2 vanities in a master bath redo that will be the perfect romantic retreat.