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286 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA, 20170
United States

Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design. This approach produces versatile pieces that are relevant, even as your taste evolves over time.


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!

Silver Custom Credenza

Martha Leone

#74 Custom Silver CredenzaThis was a custom piece done for a couple in DC. I'm so bummed that I forgot to stage and photograph it properly before it was picked up for delivery. This is the ONLY shot I have of it. Yikes. Although the picture isn't worth much, the lessons I learned from using Martha Stewart Metallic paint are. So here goes: Process -Hand sanded the entire piece. -Primed with two coats of Kilz water based primer that was tinted a gray to match the metallic silver. -Lightly sanded. -Painted up to three or four coats of Martha Stewart Metallic Polished Silver paint with a 6 inch roller. I worked with a roller and 2 inch paint brush to get a smooth finish on the top. After rolling the paint on, I quickly ran the brush from left to right in straight lines to eliminate bubbles. -Spray painted the hardware with black. -Sealed the entire piece with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane.

Lessons Learned Touch up was a nightmare. I'm not sure why but there is something about the properties of metallic silver that didn't work for touch up. All touched up areas looked chalky and didn't have metallic sheen. I ensured that the paint was mixed well and that I was using the same container for touch-up that I used to paint the entire piece. My advice, based on my experience, is not to touch up.