April 22, 2016

Using knobs/hardware as inspiration for painted details

Hello guys and gals…

I am presenting this little black and cream dresser for your viewing pleasure today.

When I found this little beauty is was pretty much a wreck. It looks good at first glance and then…
you see veneer issues….
 and some ungodly wax that had been spilled all down the front of the drawers.
So because I knew I wanted to paint the surround black I knew I had to fill in the veneer really well and super smooth. 

Black shows every imperfection!

For that I use Bondo, an automotive dent repair epoxy. It sets up super fast so you can sand in 5 minutes! and I like the finish for veneer issues better than wood filler. 

The wax was another story. I had to scrape, then sand and then scrape again to make sure it was all removed. Then it was all about the painting.

I did not originally have that little medallion painted anything but cream and it was bothering me. It looked like an afterthought. But I needed new knobs for it so I headed to Hobby Lobby to scout out some inspiration hardware.

This is what I came up with.  You can layer your hardware! This set up is actually a backplate and a single knob. I knew the single knob wouldn't be visually hefty enough for the dresser. But I wanted that teal! So I kept looking and that's when I came upon the backplate and knew that was the answer.

 Once I got home I then realized how much of a genius I really was once I saw that I could use the motif from the knob to make a stencil for the medallion. Genius sometimes comes in fits and starts.

Luckily I even had a little teal architectural sculpture to add to the staging!
So if your painted piece is lacking something and you are not sure what, look to hardware as inspiration. Try layering hardware or just taking cues from the design. You never know when lightening might strike!

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