The base color was a brownish red (Leather Red from Aqua Finishing Solutions). Then I floated Dutch Metal Gold – also from Aqua Finishing Solutions – on the edges for a little sophistication. It’s not quite visible in the photo…but that’s because it’s suffused under a glaze of Antique Mahogany plus some Eggplant Stain and Seal and a dash of Ebony (also from Aqua Finishing Solutions).
The finishing touch came by adding the burlap to the inserts. I purchased the burlap online – but you can buy it anywhere as long as it’s a burlap that has more of an open weave. If it’s tight, it won’t work – well, maybe it will but I don’t recommend it. I put it on with carpenters glue (Elmer’s). You need to try to get the edges as clean as possible. Mine were not perfect – so I added the cording to neaten it up. After the glue was dry, I gave the burlap a clear topcoat. The client wanted to retain the light color of the burlap but I darkened it a bit with some dark brown glaze.
I’ve done this finish on furniture as well. You can put it on just about anything that has an insert (it would look beautiful as an insert in a ceiling panel!) Come to think of it, I have an end table with a raised molding around the top (sort of like a tray table top) that could use this finish!
It’s a beautiful finish. So – give this burlap finish a try in your own home!!
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