A Bit of Furniture, and a Bit of my Living Room
I used a diy chalk paint on this in a colour I have used a lot of times. I love the way it looks blue in some light and than greenish in some light. I used a mixure of grout, water and a Behr sample pot.
If you have read my TIPS ON BETTER DIY CHALK PAINT you will know that I dont really like Behr, and now I never use it. I actually think Behr is one of the worst paints for furniture makeovers. It does not stick well at all in my opinion. But, this piece was done long before I began my quest and experimenting to find the best paints for furniture.
I sanded the piece and cleaned it first, but I didn't prime it. I slathered on two or three coats of the paint, this colour has awesome coverage and 2 coats was probably enough. I then used different colours to highlight the inlaid 'steps' of the drawer frames. I used yellows and different shades of blue, turquoise and black. Its hard to see in the pictures, but the effect is great in real life and produces a wonderful rustic feel.
I sanded well between coats and after the final coat to smooth things out, and I lightly waxed with mixwax. I only waxed very softly and I did not buff for shine. This piece has a very flat feel. I did some light distressing on the edges to tie in with the rustic charm of the drawers.
I initially left the hardware original, but when my rub-n-buff arrived in the mail a month and a half ago, I put it to use straight away by rubbing the hardware with grecian gold. The contrast looks amazing and I love the piece even more now!
Just coming back to the behr/chalk paint. This piece has been finished for about 15 months I would say. And even though I sanded first, and I waited at least two weeks before I waxed it (I didn't have any wax at the time), I can still SCRATCH the paint off with a fingernail. To me this just reinforces what I said in my post on better DIY chalkpaint about how important it is to use a high adhesion paint as well as following the other steps. Im not worried about it, because the piece is just for us and we are careful with it. But if I had a do-over, I certainly would not use BEHR. The small scratches in the picture below are ones I made with my fingernail months after the piece was done. The longer ones/corner were on purpose.
I don't usually stage my pieces with a TV on it, but we actually do use it as a media console so I wasn't about to lug it away. We use all the drawers for dvds and other nic knacks and the middle cupboard section houses our big bass speaker. It makes a great pop of colour in our mostly gray, white and black living room. The wallpaper was just done over Christmas. I was working on a large china cabinet(HERE)for a client and used the same paper in a different colour on the inside back piece. I loved it so much I bought the same paper in gray/white for us.