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Blue French Stand by martha leone design

These past few weeks have been full of new opportunities and lots of custom work. I attended The Makers Summit two weeks ago and came away full of ideas for the growth of my business from amazing people like Jodi Levine of Super Make It and author of Candy Aisle Crafts and Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. One of the highlights was a super talk on the topic on productivity from Eric Dodds/The Iron Yard. He is developing a series of blog posts with the content from this talk. I highly recommend it.

On to furniture… So thankful to be able to do custom work for my customers! All of these pieces were done in Benjamin Moore Aura paint. The bold color and contemporary design were chosen by my customers!

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  1. Sanded with 120 grit paper till surface was scuffed.
  2. Primed with oil based primer. Water based primer will suffice. I use a 6″ foam roller for all flat surfaces and use a brush for edges. Priming is not necessary if you are going to use paint like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
  3. Blue dresser: painted two coats Benjamin Moore Aura in satin (color name: Stunning) with a 6″ foam roller and brush. White dresser: painted with Benjamin Moore Aura in Super White satin and Ralph Lauren Metallic Gold with a 6″ foam roller and a brush for edges.
  4. All non-white areas were sealed with two coats Minwax Wipe-On Poly using a staining pad (found at Home Depot). White surfaces are waxed with Howards Citrus Wax using a white rag.

    Note: When I paint with Benjamin Moore or other latex paints, sealing isn’t absolutely necessary. However, because this is a custom piece, I apply the sealer for extra protection. 

For a more detailed list of resource I use, check out this post. It’s my exhaustive list of resources for my mid century pieces but also applies to these french pieces.


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