We were asked to locate and custom paint a LARGE desk that would be used as a make-up/dressing room vanity. This client found that a normal sized vanity just did not offer her enough space for all of her product (something I cannot EVEN imagine as I am the most basic with my morning routine)! So we began the search and located a gorgeous and LARGE MARGE executive desk (as in 5ft long x 3 ft deep) with a feminine flair BUT…it had no mirror….kind of an important feature when doing make-up and hair. We actually had a mirror in stock that we felt was perfect and our client agreed as soon as she saw this picture! She was sold! And we kinda thought it rocked too….
Time to lay down some color…and I mean COLOR!!!
Seriously folks….check out this dreamy violet that my client chose!
I first covered this entire desk, all drawers and the mirror with two coats of my newly created mauve paint.
My client had a difficult time deciding on silver or gold trim…as she preferred silver but had vintage gold brush holders and accessories that would sit on the piece.
So I suggested we do a wash of gold and silver accents …and again she was sold! I didn’t want a complete coverage…but more of a rub or wash…but I still needed it to be powerful and brilliant. So I turned to Rub ‘n Buff. If you haven’t tried this before….it’s time!
This stuff is so much fun….and you will be tempted to use it on everything. And talk about easy??? It’s SO easy!
I started with the Silver Leaf Rub. I have used this for years and have my own special little way of applying it. I will do my best to explain that to you in just a bit. So I lightly rubbed silver over all areas of trim on the desk.
I rubbed every single curve of the mirrors carvings with the silver. I really wanted to accentuate the mirror so I went much heavier here than on the desk.
This technique of adding gold and silver accents is so fast and so easy…..and so effective for a glamorous look. Still in progress here on the mirror….
Don’t plan on going anywhere too fancy a few days after though….this stuff is a beast to remove from your hands!
Now I want to bring in those subtle gold highlights. I am drawn to gold….and had to work really hard to not allow it to overpower the silver. I naturally want to slather on gold of any type! But I managed to keep it at a light simple swipe of Rub ‘n Buff Gold Leaf…and this seemed to be perfect! The two colors show beautifully here….
And look at this side-by-side comparison with and without gold here…..everything needs a little gold…right??? So I continued this same technique over the entire desk and mirror with both gold and silver accents.
And then I did the same thing on the hardware. I covered with silver…and slightly accented with the gold. Here is another comparison for you…..
Now this is where I will try to explain my process of applying it with my finger….
I am right-handed and I hold the little tube in my left hand. I then squeeze a tiny amount out of the tube and swipe it off the tip with my right forefinger (is that your pointer finger??? I use my pointer finger).
I then take that small amount that is sitting on the tip of my pointer finger and wipe it on the thumb pad of my left hand (sort of like my palette). You can see in the pic below exactly where I wipe it. I just sort of smear it out here lightly…and rub it onto the piece…and come back to my thumb pad for reloading until I don’t feel much there and then I take more from the tip again. The reason I do this….is it keeps what you are applying as “fluid”. If you just smash on the entire blob that you have just taken off the tip…it will be thicker and deeper in that area.
This product is meant to use quickly and has very little play-time before it sets. So I have no idea if this makes sense to you….but it really is so important…let me know if I need to add a little video clip of this process.
So the hardware is complete and drying.
I waited overnight before I applied Dixie Belle Clear Coat in Satin. The topcoat is a must to seal the surface of the porous chalk type paint. I lightly sanded the surface with a fine-grit sanding block prior to adding the topcoat. I apply my top coats with a brush…and I don’t freak out about brush marks. I’m a brush painter…and a BY-HAND brush painter…and I don’t mind brush marks. If people want a perfect factory finish….they need to shop in the big boxes. My pieces have brush marks….and they are charming! I applied two thin coats with a dry time of about an hour in between. I’m impatient…but it works over here:). I love these topcoats!!! Why did I wait overnight before applying the topcoat? Well…the paint really requires some curing time…but in this situation…it was due to the silver and gold rub. This stuff sets quickly as your applying it and isn’t very forgiving. If you apply a topcoat over it without waiting several hours IT WILL S-M-E-A-R! Not kidding!
So top coats applied….hardware in place…and here she is! One big bold sassy woman!
Thank you for stopping by and meeting Vintage Violet…..and for trying to imagine my gold/silver rub ‘n buff process. I’d love to see anything you add gold and silver accents to.
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