When I first saw this one I knew I had to have it! And I knew I had to help all that beautiful detail stand out!!
I decided to take a gamble and go bold with this one. All that detail had been over looked for years and I really wanted to bring it out into the spotlight! So, I painted everything a midnight blue. (leaving the top natural wood- which I stained with Minwax's Ebony)
Now came the fun part! Bringing out all that gorgeous detail! Like I said, I wanted the detail to stand out! So, I tinted my glaze with a stark white paint (I used the Royal Touch brand from Ace Hardware). To apply the glaze I just used an old worn paint brush (because I was going to be dabbing and pressing the bristles into the detail, so you don't want to use a nice brush), I dabbed, pressed, and pushed the white glaze into all the nooks and crannies and then simply took a clean, damp paper towel and wiped away any and all of the excess glaze. Just leaving the white in the detailed carvings. I worked in small sections at a time. This way the glaze didn't have time to dry and I was still able to clean up all the excess.
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