A Fireplace Mantle, Transformed, The Chalk and Clay Paint Way…

A deliciously detailed fireplace surround

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I had no idea where I was going with it,   except that it WOULD include paint, and more than likely a neutral color.

I decided to use a mix of colors – light grays and soft whites, maybe add some dark wax – I’ll start there.

I started by brushing out some CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Gray

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and over that wet Pitts gray I brushed more paint, this time American Paint Company’s Smoke Signal.   Having  two natural chalk and clay lines of paint available to me is a nice luxury,   it allows me many more colors to pick and choose from -

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When that dried I brushed some American Paint Company Rushmore  and Home Plate, brushing some water into the mix to create more of a blended wash.   Don’t be afraid to introduce some water to the mix –  I DONT like to add water on the first coat, unless I’m going for WASHED look, but I always use water on the second coat – it helps get that paint moving and spread rate is better too.   In some areas I brushed on some Elmers Glue then over that painted the Home Plate –  brushing paint over the wet glue (lightly) will dry to crackles.

After the paints dried I sanded, I wet wiped, I mouse sanded….

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until I got it right…

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This mantle transformed before my eyes – when I sanded over some of the glue ‘crack’ areas I ripped into the layers below, and it created the coolest, funkiest look,  not to mention it revealed a POP of red, which I swear wasn’t there when I started…   it just added to the beauty

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Sanding is my preferred method of revealing the under layers…

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Sanding over area’s that weren’t 100% dry…

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Couldn’t replicate again if I tried – that’s the beauty of this all, isn’t it?DSC_2955

I love how authentically O L D and original it looks – you’d never know it started brown…

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Sealed with APC Topcoat Finish, or you can use CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish – both are water based, easy brush on finishes that seal up your chalk/clay paint finish, quick and easy -

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It sold the first day it hit the showroom.  One of my customers is going to use it in her master bedroom -

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It is still in the showroom until the customer’s space is ready for it – it looks so pretty on my wall I’ll really hate to see it go…

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On  a similar note, I wanted to turn this vintage wall piece into a crusty old looking piece  – it originally was a stained brown wood piece.   This time I used American Paint Freedom Hill (darkest gray), American Paint Co Plymouth Rock (white with hint of gray) and Navajo White (soft white) –  and glue for the cracks.

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Brush the glue on where you want some crackling then immediately brush over it with your chalk/clay paint color – as it dries it will crackle :)   I demo the glue/crackle in this video Crackling A Nightstand 

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The dark in the crevices is the darker paint beneath, that wasn’t completely covered from lighter colors over top.

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If those two projects don’t have you inspired to combo some of the chalk/clay paint colors,  here is my old dining room mirror.  It WAS gold.  It IS huge. It IS heavy…..

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I first coated it with CeCe Beckley Coal ( a black)  then American Paint Company Navajo White  over top – sanded back and wet wiped some, then sealed with  APC Topcoat Finish – DSC_3193

I chose the Topcoat Finish over a Wax topcoat for ease of use.  This is one big mirror (4 x 5) and I didn’t feel like scrubbing on a wax then going back later to buff it out – the Topcoat Finish was a quick brush on coat, one layer was enough to seal the paint, leaving it matte, but still popping the true colors of the chalk/clay paints-

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DSC_3362The key to using these chalk/clay paints?  Play with them – try them out, combo color,  brush wet into wet, add water – see what you get – and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to keep playing and tweeking until you get the JUST perfect finish :)

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One response to “A Fireplace Mantle, Transformed, The Chalk and Clay Paint Way…

  1. Reblogged this on Trent River Designs and commented:
    This is one talented lady!

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