I'm about to complete a jewelry box for my daughter and she originally wanted it stained a black or dark charcoal gray. I tried, but two things against that is that the box is made of poplar with minimal grain, and the stained does a great job of contrasting the glue joints (I'm not patient enough to sand down to my knuckles). In other words the results spells disaster.
So she decided she would like a black paint with a "bronze or similar" type of color for the drawers that look aged, i.e. antiqued, would really look nice (to her). She doesn't want a shiny finish, so any gloss is out, she would like something that looks naturally worn/used. So, what to do?
I wiped down the box with mineral spirits & primed it and then picked up some spray paint of Krylon Satin Black for the body & Kyrlon Flat Metallic Chestnut (only close color to bronze I could find) for the drawers, along with some 0000 fine steel wool. it's my intent to spray the paint as usual and once dry to use the fine steel wool to gently "wipe" off the gloss after each coat hopefully to dull the finish more so in some areas than in others. Not really confident this will work, so I'm wondering if anyone can offer suggestions before I have another disaster.
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