It’s very rare that I find a homemade piece of furniture; but it’s great when I do because all of the ones I’ve found have been solid wood and very well constructed. This media console was no exception.
Here’s how the console looked when I found it. Overall I had to do very little repair. There were a few holes that needed some wood filler and the bottom molding was missing, but knew that once painted you wouldn’t even notice it was gone.
The previous owners had painted the piece a dark red which I really liked. So I mixed up the same tone and painted on a coat.
I actually could have stopped there and sold the console; but I’m really working on establishing my own style and felt I needed to add more depth to the color – something you wouldn’t find in a typical furniture store.
It’s important to me that my clients receive one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Choosing a piece like that makes a home completely original. I hear this from my buyers all the time. They like to purchase from Craigslist and Etsy because they can get better quality, solid wood furniture customized to their own taste. It makes me happy to be part of that.
That’s where General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze came into play. This product is wonderful for adding dimension to furniture. The texture of this glaze is like a watered down milk paint. A little goes a very long way.
To apply the glaze: Working in sections, brush on, covering the surface. Take a clean cotton rag (I use old t-shirts) and fold the it so it has few or no wrinkles in it and you’re working with a flat rag surface. Immediately after brushing on the glaze (before it dries), wipe the glaze off in a single, smooth, left-to-right motion. If you’d like to pull off more of the glaze, repeat the single, left-to-right wipe.
The glaze leaves behind these beautiful streaks that look like a black wood grain coming through the red base paint.
The final color looks more like this (below). You can see alot of the red tones through the black glaze. The glaze will settle in the cracks and corners – you’ll want to leave it there.
For durability, I applied a clear top coat. Lately I’ve been using Rustoleum’s water-based polyurethane and really like it. It seems to leave fewer streaks and requires less touch-up than the polycryllic.
This particular piece was sold before I even had the topcoat on it. The buyer was friend who loved the glaze effect over the dark red paint.
Here’s a sneak peek at a wine rack I worked on that same day and used the same finishes.
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