Before-After Silver|Industrial Dresser With Metallic Paint

12 Materials
$100
8 Hours
Medium
I found this huge highboy at a neighbor's curbside years ago. It was in terrible shape. Broken drawers, missing veneer, water stains... There was a long list of repairs to be done before I could actually make it pretty with paint.
The repairs took a lot of wood filler , glue and nails and the hours I spent scrubbing and washing it with TSP gave me a back pain.
I sanded the whole thing to get a smooth finish and did another thorough cleaning  before priming it with clear shellac.
After the shellac was dry, I brushed one coat of my base color, "Ash", by Fusion Mineral Paint.
On a paper plate, I put one large blob of Modern Masters Silver next to another blob of Modern Masters Black Pearl. Then I dabbed my brush on the paint, enough to collect a bit of each color without mixing them.
Next I brushed the surface in long linear motions and let the colors blend naturally as I moved my brush side to side, leaving some apparent streaks. In my  video tutorial you can see exactly what I’m talking about.  I kept my brush wet at all times by occasionally spraying some water on its bristles.
Once the metallic colors were dry, I started the glazing process. I applied  Pitch Black Glaze by General Finishes using a chip brush, then immediately wiping off the excess with baby wipes.
Finally, I sprayed a few coats of General Finishes water based top coat, satin, for protection and durability.
Here is how it looks now. I have a detailed tutorial on my blog post. I also have a video tutorial showing how I did it.

Thanks for reading!

Pat Rios.
The Wood Spa

Resources for this project:

Fusion Mineral Paint - Ash
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