Meet Night Furry
Most of the furniture pieces that I paint are girls. Really! Their lines are generally feminine and I tend to stick to more feminine colors and designs. But when this piece came into my life, I knew it was a boy and a dragon. Meet Night Fury.
Yes, as in the dragon named Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. Scientifically known as a “Seadragonus Giganitcus Maximus.” You can tell I have 2 boys! This piece kind of transformed into the friendly dragon with a little help from Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in Lantern.
I went with the black milk paint because the original finish on this piece was very, very red. I was pretty sure that it was going to give me nightmares with red bleed through if I used a light color paint. So sometimes, a piece just tells you what color it should be painted.
I sprayed this piece down with shellac just to be sure that the red stain wouldn’t bleed and because I wanted to control the amount of chipping this piece had. You can read about that in my tutorial on Milk Paint for Control Freaks.
I applied 2 coats of Lantern Milk Paint and then I went back over this piece with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface and distress around the edges.
I finished this piece with a coat of Sweet Pickins Supreme Soft Wax in Clear and then added a coat of Supreme Soft Wax in Jacobean to hide any of the haze clear wax can get leave on dark furniture. I buffed it to a nice sheen with a “Better than Cheesecloth” towel. Seriously, you have to try these! I love the way that it turned out. It is deridingly masculine and I think it will make an amazing addition to someones dining room or kitchen as a buffet. It would even look amazing as a tv console. It still has that chippy farmhouse look but without being too shabby chic feminine. So if you have a house full of guys like I do, you should bring this piece home! You can keep it’s nickname, or just rename it beautiful!
Here’s a little side by side to show you the resemblance.