In this post, I’ll share about applying the Tough Coat finish. Before I do, though, here is the before & after…
I adore how this piece turned out.
You can still appreciate the beautiful lines and the age of this dresser, but it looks softer now. And I am over the moon for the antique brass hardware that now pops against the pale green.
When thinking about which finish I wanted to use for this piece, I opted for Tough Coat. It’ll be durable if this is used as a bathroom vanity or in a kid’s room and it will be easy to apply to all of the nooks and crannies of the mirror. Here is a video showing how I applied the Tough Coat along with some tips for making sure it’s mixed well and avoiding drips…
Sebastian was being a total ham.
Anyway, here is the end result…
I have to say that I’m not really ready to start decorating for Christmas, but when I thought about styling this piece, I just could not shake the vision of dolling it up with fresh greens, gifts, and candles. I have to start setting up for Christmas this week, anyway, due to some freelance projects. (At least it’s only a little early. A few years ago, I had a tree up until February, another one back up in April, then in September, then finally for “real Christmas”. My poor boys were so confused.)
The distressing, as well as the two-toned finish on this piece, was deliberately subtle. It’s not the kind of piece you’d glance at and think “Wow! She layered two different paint colors!” And that’s sort of the point. I wanted this decorative finish to just whisper. The brighter green under Layla’s Mint adds a lot of variation and depth, but the technique itself isn’t immediately obvious.
With all of the pretty details on this piece, the thing I love most is the hardware. I feel like it was easily overlooked before, but now it’s a real feature.
The mirror is also a feature and quite a practical one at that. I love how it tilts and the little shelf is simply smart design.
I had considered adding some painted detail to this piece, but there are so many carved details already that I decided to let those shine. I was afraid decorative painting might detract from the original simple beauty.
I was going to share all of the pictures and sources for some of the items used in this photo shoot, but I decided I would save those for tomorrow.