My customer was looking for a new bedroom set (nightstands are in the works). She knew she wanted the french provincial style, with a creamy base, light distressing, glazing and a dark stained top. The challenge was finding 2 large pieces, that she liked and that were a set. We never did. What I decided to do was pair together 2 very similar pieces, using the same paint techniques, try to match the different wood tops the best I could and cross my fingers I could come through on my promise.
You can see in the before that these are SO CLOSE in style and shape.
She really like the gold finish by Valspar that I had on my hardware sample board. If you know me, you know I love my fancy gold finishes, but after spraying the hardware, it just looked to...new! I got her ok to "antique" it a bit by using some of the burnt umber acrylic paint.
Below is the difference.
So being the professional I am, I just squirt some right on my newspaper and went to work. I made a new discovery along the way...spray paint makes an excellent nailpolish. You can see on my thumb the gold I used. It took a LOT of scrubbing to get that off! God forbid I walk 3 feet to my workbench for gloves. I'm a busy girl!
Any brown will work just fine. just brush it on, getting into the groves and with a dry rag, wipe off as much as you want. Seal with a protective clear coat when done.