How was your weekend? The big Dixie Highway Yard Sale was this weekend, and pretty much begins outside the Olive Branch, where I have my booth. Sooo, I decided I needed to quickly get some things in there and take advantage of the traffic.
This gray and silver nightstand was a bit of a departure for me.
I know it doesn’t look that much different from the other projects I do, but for once, I decided to paint it without priming it first. Even though General Finishes milk paint and this Farmhouse Paint both say priming is unnecessary, I’ve been reluctant to skip that step.
I had planned on staining the top a darker color, and painting the rest. However, when I stripped the finish off the top, I discovered that the edge had some filler, and I was concerned that it wouldn’t take the stain evenly.
So, on to plan B- painting the entire thing. I chose a light gray called Palace Gray in the Farmhouse line of paints sold at The Olive Branch. I bought a small sample jar of the paint, did two coats, and still had paint left over.
Instead of distressing it, I used a small art brush to apply a bit of silver rub ‘n buff in the grooves and here and there in the areas I would normally distress. Still didn’t seem like enough pizzazz. Hmmm….
I looked through my stencils and decided on this Cutting Edge Stencil called Alessa Allover Scroll. You may remember it from my stenciled rug project and my French style chair makeover. I didn’t want to overwhelm the piece, so I only added a small flourish on the top, this time using silver craft paint. I could have also used the craft paint for the areas where I applied rub ‘n buff.
I brushed the gray paint lightly over the hardware, then top coated with clear spray varnish. I also topped the whole thing with 2 coats of the spray varnish in matte finish. Don’t forget to try the paper bag trick for getting a smooth final finish.
It’s hard to capture the subtle shimmer of the silver highlights, but I really like the effect. What do you think about the stencil? Too much? Not enough?
PS: We have the winner of the $180 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Congrats to Soha! Stay tuned, we may do this again!
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