I’ve had a clients’ nightstands hanging out in my garage for way too long, so on the eve of our last snowstorm, I hauled them inside and gave them a makeover using Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze in black coffee.
The two nightstands were good sturdy, solid pieces, manufactured in the early 1990s by an American furniture company. They are solid wood, but the factory finish was definitely dated.
My client wanted a dark espresso finish, but I was worried that plain brown paint would be dull, flat and uninteresting. After seeing a mirror my mom had painted in Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee, I thought it would be the perfect finish to update these nightstands. After seeing a sample, my client agreed.
Normally, glaze is used for antiquing. You apply it over a painted finish and wipe it away, but for this project, I used it as paint.
I wanted that dark espresso finish with a metallic sheen.
To achieve this look, I first wiped down the two nightstands to remove any grime and debris. Then, I lightly sanded them to ensure the glaze would adhere to the stained surface, and removed any sanding dust.
The Martha Stewart metallic glaze is thicker than regular paint, and it takes much longer to dry.
For the best results, I recommend applying several thin coats, allowing to dry completely before applying another coat. I worked on these nightstands over a period of days, finding it best to allow 12 to 24 hours for one coat of glaze to dry before applying the next. At first, the glaze goes on very sheer, but as you add more coats, it becomes more opaque. You may be able to see some wood grain and dimension in your brush strokes.
I sealed the finish with furniture wax, then buffed to a shine.
The finished nightstands are the color of a freshly brewed espresso, and they have a wonderful metallic sheen to them that highlights the wood grain. I can’t wait to deliver them to my client.
He does plan to replace the hardware to give the nightstands a more modern and cohesive look.
I can’t wait to makeover another piece of furniture using the Martha Stewart metallic glazes. So many possibilities…