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Silver Chairs: Let's talk about Metallic Paint

The taupe and grey trend is in full swing in our area.
One of my favorite interior designers, asked me to paint these chairs
so they would fit into her client's newly updated living room.
She was transitioning from a beige-brown palette to a grey-taupe one, 
and these chairs were the "odd men out" in the new decor.

Often golden wood tones can blend with these cooler colors,
but sometimes they just need to be changed.
That was the case for these two chairs.  

Don't you love their shape?
And as a bonus for me, the chairs were is great condition and the seat cushions removed easily!
After sanding, the painting began.
At first we thought of simply painting them taupe,
but ultimately we decided to give the chairs some elegance by going metallic.

Here's a PAINT TIP:
Tint your primer to a color that closely matches your paint.
It makes painting so much easier, especially when working with metallic paint.
Metallics often are not as opaque as traditional paint
and using a tinted base color provides a good foundation.

Similarly, if you're painting RED -  a lovely red front door, perhaps - use a GREY primer.
By using GREY, you'll need fewer coats of red paint to get complete coverage.

In this instance, Sherwin Williams Anew Grey (#7030)
was just the right color to go under the metallic paint I used.

 Metallics are so popular today, and many companies offer metallic paint.
I've used the FAUX EFFECTS product line for more than 20 years.
It's available by ordering through national distributors and it's shipped to my door.

However, if you're eager to start your project and want your metallic paint immediately,
 see if Modern Masters is sold at your local paint store.

Check out the MODERN MASTERS website for an inspiring array of colors,
and go to their CAFE to see a variety of projects using metallic paint. 
The Modern Master color Nickel is close to what I used on these chairs.

Metallic paint, in all it's elegance, isn't the easiest paint to work with.
Because it reflects light, it will highlight any imperfection in the wood or on the wall,
so having a smooth surface is important.

Because I paint a lot of furniture, I invested in an HVLP sprayer.
I especially appreciate it when using metallics, because it emlimates brush marks.

But with a good brush, you readily can achieve a great metallic finish.
The key is to use a high quality synthetic brush like Wooster or Purdy.
The bristles need to be soft an supple, not tired from years of use and poor cleaning.
(I've got several of those!)
Use long strokes to apply the paint and don't over work it!

Happy Painting!



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