Commission Dresser in Aged Metallics

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A beautiful transformation of the classic highly varnished red mahogany dresser.

Sympathetically revived into a bespoke and  elegant metallic dresser that is ever changing with the light and one that glows with the light. A stunning piece with textures, subtle variation and age creating a timeless metallic feature piece for our client and her home.

Furniture surrounds us all the time and sometimes it's wonderful to be able to create a piece either in tribute, to signify a change, mark a moment or new beginning. adding another layer of sentimental value to the piece. We all need to surround ourselves more with things that we love and have meaning. 

What we did: 

Painted in Starling and Wendy's Pink Premium Chalk Paint with subtle texture allowing some parts to mix,  moving the paint in all directions with a Staalmeester series 2020 brush.  Once we achieved full coverage, we chose certain areas and painted this in Wendys Pink so that we could distress it back and show subtle  pops of pink and green underneath. 

Metallic Glaze of Indie Gold (mixing the illuminator and Indie Gold concentrate into a semi translucent mix) and brushing this all over the dresser, it should turn the dresser into gold but still be able to see the colours underneath ever so subtly. 

Followed by Artemis Bronze in areas  and then Milan Moonshadow in areas, brushing it on and dabbing it off in areas with a scrunched up lint free rag, creating markings and layers... working back and forth until you are happy with the balance of colours, then followed by another glaze mix of Indie Gold, brush it on and dapping off with a lint free rag to soften and blend everything together.

Distressed certain areas with a fine steel wool to age in areas and show the underlying colours as soon as the metallics were touch dry (if you leave it longer it will get very hard to distressed as metallics are very strong as they start to cure) 

Full strength Indie Gold (mixing the illuminator and Indie gold concentrate into almost a thick cream) then using this to stencil over all the drawers,  creating a highly reflective gold stencil work and painting out the handles. 

Distressed just the edges with fine steel wool  as soon as the metallics were touch dry but still soft..

Shopping List and links :

Premium Chalk Paints: 
Metallic Alchemy range : Illuminator,  Indie Gold ,Milan MoonShadow, Artemis Bronze 

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The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 

As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our own exclusive formulations including our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. Our trademarked FLOWplus® technology further differentiates our range being built in from the ground up and allowing our thick full bodied and highly pigmented paints to mould and flow effortlessly. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.

To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival

Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.