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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.

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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!

Silver and Gold

Martha Leone

Sharing photos of my latest piece in Ralph Lauren Graphite Metallic Paint with undertones of charcoal gray and gold. I didn't plan this look. It just happened due to my indecision and lack of planning. Sometimes I can't decide what to do with a dresser but lack of space in my workshop compels me to move forward anyway. Sometimes it's good to just dive in without a plan and in this case, the spontaneity worked. It was sold to a local customer just 10 minutes after I added it to my online shop. 

P R O C E S S

I started with charcoal gray since it's one of my favorite color. After painting it, it seemed too dark and ominous. Metallics are a favorite in my workshop so I washed it with loose strokes of gold. It was only after stepping back to inspect the gold that I realized the gold didn't look right. Then I reached for my favorite Ralph Lauren metallic color, Graphite, and loosely painted it over the gold. It was sealed with Varathane Water-based poly. 

^  This process photo, taken before the knobs were installed, helped me appreciate the overall design and it felt complete. From an aesthetic perspective, the design it was complete. From a practical perspective, I needed to install something.... so the knobs were painted to match the dresser to hide them a bit.

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