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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Black and silver french provencial

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These is a basic Kent Coffey dresser painted with a basic idea in mind. Do it solid, glossy, and neutral. So, when I paint a dresser like this one, I try to refine the paint technique and use new products that might improve the finish. I used two new products on this dresser: 1. Floetrol: added to the latex paint to keep it wet longer so that I can get a smoother finish. 2. Martha Stewart Metallic paint. Both can be found at Home Depot.

I usually leave a piece to cure for at least 5 days before sealing it if polyurethane is involved. It would probably be a better idea to allow for more curing time. When the time comes, I'll seal it with Varathane Semi Gloss Polyurethane using the same criss-cross technique that I used with the paint.

Technique Painted the four layers of black paint with a loose criss-cross technique. With this technique, the brush marks become an intentional part of the finish.

Color Benjamin Moore Aura Semi Gloss Carbon Copy

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This piece is available (SOLD) at Peg Leg Vintage, a great new store that specializes in mid century furniture and accessories with industrial touches throughout the store. 9600 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland • 301-477-3423 •