And, as always around here first things first - removed drawers, hardware and took it out to the back alley for a good sanding and cleaning. Then it was time to repair legs and top. Glued the legs back together and then filed in all the "chunks" of missing wood with my AE Texture Medium - this poor little piece had seen it's better days.....:(
When using a pattern that has a very distinctive design as the Diamond - make a mark on the roller and use the mark to line up the starting point of each roll so that the pattern will be in alignment.
Once the Texture Medium is dry (which can take a couple of hours) you will need to sand of any of the "high peaks" created by the roller - I just use 220 to 150 girt sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Make sure to just sand off the highs and not loose your pattern. Clean off the surface with a damp rag and then you will be ready for some paint!
Once the Silver was dry, I create a Black glaze using Proceed Colorant Black and Modern Masters Wall Glazing Cream - approximately 2.5 tbls of Black colorant to 1 cup of Modern Masters Glaze.
Brush the glaze onto the surface with a "chip" brush and then remove and soften the glaze with Cheesecloth, this will age and add depth to the finish and enhance the detail of the Diamond Roller pattern. Allow to dry which can take hours!
I lined up the drawers, taped them together and tried to get them as level as possible, so that I could roll them all together!
I measured to find the center of the drawers and then created a guide line for my first roll down the middle of the drawers - this way I could follow that rolled out pattern to the right and left.
I'm using the new Stamping style rollers - first thing you do is load paint onto the Sponge applicator. I like using a serving tray (it's flat, instead of a paint tray) I lined it with press-n-seal (because I don't like to wash) and then just brushed paint onto the surface - added a little water to thin it down and rolled the sponge through the diluted paint. Once the sponge is loaded, just load the pattern roller into the handle and roll it out on paper to test the print and make sure the pattern is completely loaded with paint before you start your project.
Not pressure is needed and you can just roll the pattern onto any surface - easy and fun!
I brushed this onto the drawer fronts and then used the cheesecloth to wipe off the excess, leaving a soft glittery stria. I also applied the glaze over all areas of the dresser that were painted in the Black Velvet.
I need to find some new hardware - didn't like the original - so time to go shopping!
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Materials I used for this project:
- XIM Bonding Primer (Local Paint Store)
- Black Velvet DIY Paint (Artistic Painting Studio)
- AE Texture Medium (Artistic Painting Studio)