A Faux Metal Desk
I love trying out new paint products and this month we got a chance to dabble with DecoArt’s Chalky Finish Line and a finishing product, which DecoArt kindly supplied for us. The colors I chose were Relic, Enchanted, and the Ultra Matte Varnish.
Originally I had planned on doing a double layer with Relic as the base and Enchanted as the top coat, to recreate a vintage faux metal desk vibe. But I found that I really liked how the matte gray paired with the metallic finish I chose to create with some additional DecoArt products I purchased.
Sometimes I just roll that way,….. changing my mind mid process and going in a different direction.
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I found this great little desk online for my Sons room, it sat for a bit until I made up my mind how I planned on his new room decor. You may have seen a shot on Instagram of one of the Iguanas from the dudes yard where I picked this little number.
Here is a sneak peak I shared cutting down some nails for the detail I added to the faux metal edges of the desk. Originally I had planned to add them to the drawer fronts as well and they were to long. Using all those nailheads everywhere would have been design overkill, so I scaled down the number quite a bit.
Its all in the prep! Even though many chalk brands state no prep work is needed, I always sand a bit to knock out those pesky nicks, gouges, and to knock back that top coat a bit. Cause I just can’t stand dealing with bleed through!
I sprayed the whole thing with Decoart Chalky finish in Relic. I was going for no brush strokes for a smooth metal effect.
Their chalk paint is super thick and needed some major thinning down with water for the sprayer. I don’t recommend spraying this paint, the added water really degrades the paints finish. I wanted to add some distressing by sanding, and really wasn’t happy with the end result. So I wound up going over it with a sponge brush in full strength.
For the faux metal effect I was trying to match up a metal paint to the hardware. I went with a custom mix of Decoart’s metallic line, added some Decoart acrylic in lamp black, and their glazing medium. Then sponge brushed it on in multiple layers.
Used a spray water based polycrylic for the top coat.
Here is the piece with the metal finish areas masked off for adding Decoart’s varnish in Matte as the top coat.
Have to be honest here for my readers contest or not, the varnish is super thick like Elmers Glue,- I did not care for it at all. Very difficult to apply for an even finish and I will not be using that product again.
Overall I love how the color combo came out for the Faux Metal Desk. The flat grey against the shiny faux metal finish really created a polished piece. It will look great in my Son’s room done with an Industrial flair! I can’t wait to share with you guys the lamp I will be making to accessorize this piece.
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