I I've been busy with projects around the house. The warm weather in the Northeast this year brought spring fever to me early on and I've been motivated to take on some inside projects. First I refinished the oak stairs going to the second floor of the house, Then I decided the master bedroom needed a redo. Along the way I have been touching up woodwork here and there.
All this sprucing up means I've made several trips to local paint and hardware stores. On one of my trips to my local Home Depot I saw a display of Martha Stewart Metallic paints. They caught my eye and my imagination. I left the store wondering just what I might do with metallic paint.
|Metallic Paint in Golden Pearl and Black Coffee|
Then I remembered three brass colored decorative pieces I had recently removed from my family room because they had gotten so discolored and dingy I couldn't stand them anymore. I had given up trying to polish them having determined they were a lost cause. They were sitting in my garage waiting for me to decide whether or not I was going to throw them out. I also had an old, and very unmemorable, basket that was one step from the trash can. These items would be perfect candidates for a metallic paint redo.
|Decorative Items in Need of Makeover|
Wash and dry the items to be painted. You may want to prime the surface you will be painting. I didn't.
Protect the surface on which you will set the painted objects to dry. Gather your tools. decide if you will use a paint brush or a sponge to apply the paint. The Martha Stewart metallic paints clean up with water, so that will be easy.
Apply the paint is thin, even strokes. Decide how many coats you will need. My base coat was golden pearl and I applied three coats of the paint. Be sure to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat, at least 24 hours. Here is how my items looked after one coat.
|Items after One Coat of Paint|
|Two Coats Added More Sparkle|
|A Third Coat of the Base Color|
Optional Step 4
Apply the glaze if you are using it. The glaze I used was Martha Stewart's metallic glaze in black coffee.
I tried the glaze on one item first to see if I would like it. Here's a comparison with one item glazed and one item unglazed.
|Black Coffee Glaze Applied on the Left|
I liked the depth the glaze added to the finish and decided to go ahead and glaze all of the items, including the basket. Now it is time to stand back and admire the results.
|On the Hearth|
|On a Shelf|
There would be many uses for this product....picture and mirror frames, decorative stripes or borders on tabletops, baskets of any kind, and more.
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