In Greenwood, Virginia.
Crimson colored leaves……..
blue blue skies……..
Sunday was my friend, Molly's,
So I scooped her up for a little overnight
We hit Devil's Backbone Brewery,
IPA makes any day better;)
…and then up we went to the tippy top of Wintergreen Resort,
where my friends, Kim and Jon, have a condo.
They had this dresser that had been painted in a metallic finish,
and had some funky mismatched drawers…
So while Molly chilled after our big lunch,
I got to work...
I mixed up a custom blend of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
using Graphite, Old White, and French Linen.
Here it is after base coating.
Before I went to bed, though,
I couldn't stand it.
And tried applying dark wax to one of the drawers….
But I felt like the finish was a little too flat,
so I simulated distressing
by dry brushing Graphite over the surfaces.
And then I decided to paint just the pulls
with Old White.
Amazing how this brightens the whole piece!
I got to waxing:
clear first, then dark.
The dark wax really warms up the color substantially.
After the wax was dry, I buffed to bring out the sheen.
Hitting dark wax on the pulls really
"knocks down" the white and ages the pulls.
Okay, now I will admit it:
I was the one who painted this metallic finish….
Practice makes perfect indeed.
On to assignment two:
This console that Kim had painted.
The color is great,
it just needs some aging.
I sanded down all the edges...
and then waxed with clear and dark.
I added lots of dark wax in all the grooves and
imperfections. After everything dried,
I buffed to a lovely sheen.
Heading down the mountain,
we decided to partake of a few fish tacos
...and IPA, of course,
at Blue Mountain Brewery.
What an absolutely amazing day.
One final stop,
at Pollak Vineyards...
For a reflective stroll around the lake..
…and a final glass of celebratory wine.
Happy 60th, Molly!