The Black Smyth finish has the look of an old iron bed that may have been painted black and has started aging and slowly starting to weather and rust. We rub in three different acrylics to achieve the rich weathered look. Then we use acetone to wipe away much of the paint on the castings……again rubbing in acrylics and blending them with each other to get the gradation of tonality this finish has.
Many iron beds from England were painted pure black and over the years the paint has slowly worn away exposing the iron. That exposed iron then started to age and go from a gray color to more of a rusted color. In this country we had a tendency to paint our iron beds lighter colors……whites, and color combination’s. Iron beds in this country had a definite difference in their appearance than those that were being made in England at the same period of time. The design of their iron beds even had more of a somber appearance to. Our iron beds tended to be lighter and airier……almost whimsical. Another reason why iron beds from this country are far more popular than iron beds from England and Europe.