My chance to combine three favorite things: A Queen Betty reference, a silhouette and sparkle!
The past two years I have been searching for twin bed frames to repaint for our 3rd guestroom. I have my regular junk, consignment, and donation spots that I hit up every few weeks in search of pieces with good bones and bad finishes. So I was thrilled when I found these.....
This finish is a variation of our Weathered Willow sample from Cabinetry I and uses Fauxstone Pull-Off which is a Faux Effects Gold Label product. If you've taken a cabinetry class at a FE school you are familiar with this product. If you haven't... get to a school soon to learn about all the cool cabinetry stuff available. But in the meantime you can try this finish using Silver Label products which will still give you a great look-just without the low texture.
Since I had nice inserts in both the headboard and foot board, I wanted to highlight these areas by sponging in some Wundasize. This tacked up in an hour before I applied a shiny silver foil.
My second layer of the pale blue Fauxstone Pull-Off is brushed more solidly over the first textured layer. I use a cloth to wipe larger reveal areas in spots.
I repeated this step over the foil inserts so only 10%-5% of the foil shines 100% thru the finish while in other areas the foil is lightly reflected under the blue color.
I mixed Softex with Cero Silver Glass Glitter and Clear Glass Glitter since who wants a crown that doesn't sparkle? I selected Softex because I wanted the stencil to look flocked and the glitter to be more subtle.
The Softex is troweled with a Japan Blade over the taped down stencil. Gently remove the stencil when the pattern is covered 100%.
When the pattern dried, I applied an Antiquing glaze made from 1 cup FX Thinner + 1/3 cup American Walnut Stain & Seal and a 1/2 Tsp Van Dyke Stain & Seal. I brushed this over the entire surface 100% and wiped back with cheesecloth.
When I applied this mix over the crown, I spritzed the surface with water and blotted with a dry cloth since I didn't want the Softex to get too dark. I used lightly thinned American Walnut to flick for fly specks and to shade edges and architecture.
I like my stain layers to dry over night and the next day I top coated with 2 coats of Aquaguard Satin.
Sweet bed frames perfect for visiting Faux Finishing royalty (or Murray McLuvin who loves that room). Now I just have to tackle the walls and the ceiling.