Friday, April 18, 2014

Faux Painting Front Doors Burnished Metallic

Well I did not get the front doors done this week, the weather (tornado warnings and all that) among some other issues slowed down the progress.  The idea is to get the doors looking like a burnished metal.  I started out with the doors black, then applied a rich gold metallic over them.  In the next two photographs you can see the contrast from the black to the gold on the same set of doors.

After the gold dried I then faux painted another layer of black over that. The next photograph shows the right side of the doors with the black applied over the gold.

It's hard enough to photograph faux finishes but with metallics it's even more of a challenge because of the way the light source hits the surface you never know how it's going to look in a picture.  However in the next photograph the doors pretty much look like this.  It is a subtle finish and the nature of a subtle finish is that it is subtle so it's hard to capture on a photo.  But the end result is looking like a burnished metal.

A veiw from almost the street level, the door on the left is complete.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Painting Front Entrance With Metallic Gold Paint

I started a new project this week.  I am applying a light faux finish with gold metallic paint on the front entrance for one of the biggest homes in the Tampa Bay area.  It's about 15,000 square feet and has a beautiful waterfront view.  The home is about 10 years old and the metal front doors became pitted and rusty from being on the salt water.  So the project was to repair the doors and recreate the original look of brushed gold metallic.

The doors are 12 feet high, only the middle two open up.

Here is the interesting thing about working with metallics.  It depends on where you stand relative to the strongest light source as to how much you will see the sheen of the metallic.  In the next picture I have painted the scroll and work on the first set of doors.  From the angle of the photograph is looks like the door on the left is not as gold as the one on the right.

So when I moved over about ten feet and took another photograph they look the same.  That's the tricky part of metallics.  It looks different from different angles.

I hope to have this project complete by the end of the week.