I couldn't wait to get my hands on 'Artissimo' - I just loved the look of this colour - so different, a really deep midnight blue sort of navy blue - I decided to paint 2 pieces, one which I would use the Bonding Agent, and the other I would let 'do its own thing'.
This little 2 drawer chest was really quite sturdy, although the wood is not all solid wood and I did detect some veneer when I started to gently sand the top, in fact quite a lot of veneer, so as is usual for me - my visualization of what I'm going to create ends up totally nothing like it!
I had designs on sanding & staining the top, but there was a really nasty ring stain, which would not sand off
so I resorted to painting the top as well.
Now this stain started to cause me problems - as it kept on coming through the paint even with the bonding agent mixed into the first coat, after I had given it 2 coats plus 2 coats on top without the bonding agent - I realised the mark was in fact grease or oil of some sort. Hrmmm - what to do?
I carried on, waited for it to dry, then a generous coating of hemp oil, buffed and re-coated...stain still showing but less obvious. I then decided to add a layer of furniture wax... much better, another few coats of furniture wax covered the mark - although I'm sure I can still see it, but I think I'm just paranoid about it now!.
As I was saying.. a piece never quite ends up how I visualize it, as well as the top being left in the wood I had plans on the drawer fronts staying wood as well - not after I realised as I was sanding that there was a thin layer of veneer! so I just kept right on sanding until it was all gone! - this piece was becoming a life work! I had to resort to painting the drawer fronts as well, but as this colour is very dark and its quite a small piece I had to think what I could do to break up the solid colour - maybe just a small subtle French typography graphic - so I just added a Paris - Road address - painted in 'Grainsack' milk paint.
The table had a lot of interesting features, but sadly some of the decorative cornices on the corners at the top of the legs were missing - not being one to waste features like this - I wonder if you noticed - I used a couple of them on the chest of drawers!
Some of them left some superficial damage, which was easily rectified with a little filler and sandpaper.
Well, Artissimo has definitely lived up to my expectations - I really love this colour - it does have a certain sophistication about it!
Bye for now.