|close up of detail on door and inside|
of Lions Cabinet (when done)
So below, here are a few snaps of my latest Makeover Project: The Lions Cabinet.
|Lions Cabinet: Before State|
First I decided to paint the inside of the cabinet a vivid blue. I made a custom colour mix of two of the five I had on hand of the Volvox Clay paint. I love the colour, like the deepest cornflower blue. A soft sapphire.
|Gorgeous deep cornflower blue|
|Custom mixed french grey paint|
for the outer cabinet surfaces.
|Lions get a coat of rich|
And to this point it was all about the paint. Then time to put on wax. I have used a lovely emulsified beeswax, with a soft buttery consistency. And that smells really good. I worked it into the painted finish. And gently distressed a bit of the edges of it lightly with sandpaper. A bit more clear soft beeswax. Before putting on some Fiddes & Sons wax in Rugger Brown.
|dark wax antiques finish |
on side of cabinet.
The dark wax is amazing and really gives a rich look to the piece, though initially it looks a bit scary, like you are going to ruin the paintwork ! But I have read so many other blogs and accounts of using this, I was prepared for the same to happen. Still, it takes a bit of practice to get the hang one what is enough and what works to get it just right ! I used brush and rags to push the dark wax into the relief and edges, rubbing it back a bit with clear wax to better blend into the paintwork. I waxed the inside of the cabinet too, which made the deep cornflower colour absolutely glow.
|Lions Cabinet: After State. |
Painted and finished in clear and dark waxes.
|close up detail of lions and cabinet door,|
carved relief detail highlighted with dark wax