I’m sure many of you feel you know PAM and HBD already, but today I’d like to formally introduce you to my PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and HBD (Handy Builder Dad). To their surprise, they’re guest posting today!
In a comment on my post about the Kitchen and Dining Room Tour in their home, a reader asked what paint and glaze were used on their kitchen island. PAM consulted with HBD, and she sent me a very detailed email with all the steps to the process.
Rather than rewrite the entire thing, I decided to share PAM’s words directly. By phone, we also discussed how this picture below looks lighter than the others in the post, like the picture above that is a more true color.
I think camera flash and angle can sometimes distort color. Also, colors on computers can sometimes be deceiving. I liked this closer shot above because you see the glazing more clearly.
OK. That’s enough from me. Take it away, PAM and HBD!
The red paint and the black glaze were mixed for us at Anderson Paint store. I will give you the formula that any Benjamin Moore paint store should be able to mix.
Prep For Painting (sanding, etc.): Prime with Zinsser Cover Stain or other interior oil based primer tinted to a gray color. Red covers better over gray than over white. (I used Zinsser gray primer tinted Bk-16.)
Apply Red Paint: 1 or 2 coats (if needed) of Benjamin Moore 793 Advance semi-gloss tinted 793-4X. This is a waterborne interior alkyd paint. If 2 coats are needed, allow to dry between coats and dry well before applying the glaze. This red may look too bright but the black glaze will bring it down nicely.
Apply Glaze: Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Alkyd Glaze clear 409 tinted to black (Bk-1X). Apply in sections and wipe with clean cloths to the desired effect. Don’t let the glaze sit too long before wiping down or it will become tacky.
Apply 2 Coats of Protective Finish: We used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Clear Gloss. Allow 1st coat to dry completely then sand lightly with 0000 Steel Wool to smooth without scratching the finish. Then apply 2nd coat. If it feels too rough or too shiny, use your #0000 steel wool again.
Wow! That is great information. Thanks, PAM and HBD for all those valuable details!
So…now you’re all set to paint your island – or a furniture piece – with this finish.
It really does pay to ask questions, doesn’t it? Any other questions you’d like to ask our guest post couple today? (I might have a connection or two to pull my weight for some additional answers. Ha!)