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Herndon, VA, 20170
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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.

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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!

Platinum and Gold: Colors inspired by the Periodic Table

Martha Leone

I N S P I R A T I O N

When I was in 11th grade, I floundered in Chemistry class. It was my absolute least favorite class in high school probably due to the instructor's teaching style and my lack of interest. But what always fascinated me were the elements on the Periodic Table. In the coming months, I'll be using these elements to inspire colors in my work.

P l a t i n u m   a n d   G o l d

P R O C E S S

I don't usually draw much attention to the "before" shot but in this case, the dresser was in bad shape. Using 150 grit sand paper and an orbital sander with variable speeds, I carefully sanded the drawer fronts to reveal the most beautiful wood grain. As for the outer frame, I repaired problem areas, sanded, primed with an oil based primer, rolled two coats of a custom color (using Benjamin Moore Aura), then sealed the painted surfaces with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in satin.

This piece sold quickly to a customer in NYC where many of my mid century dressers have found homes. Love NYC.