Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wintergreen and Autumn and Painting and Sixtieth Birthdays…..All wrapped into one!

In Greenwood, Virginia.
 Crimson colored leaves……..
blue blue skies……..
black kitties….
Sunday was my friend, Molly's,
SIXTIETH birthday.
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!
Next morning, 
I got to waxing: 
clear first, then dark.
The dark wax really warms up the color substantially.
All waxed...
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….
years ago..
how embarrassing...
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.

Farewell, Wintergreen!

 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.
Picture perfect!
One final stop, 
at Pollak Vineyards...
For a reflective stroll around the lake..
…and a final glass of celebratory wine.
Happy 60th, Molly!

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