A deliciously detailed fireplace surround
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
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 -
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….
until I got it right…
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
Sanding is my preferred method of revealing the under layers…
Sanding over area’s that weren’t 100% dry…
I love how authentically O L D and original it looks – you’d never know it started brown…
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 -
It sold the first day it hit the showroom. One of my customers is going to use it in her master bedroom -
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…
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.
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
The dark in the crevices is the darker paint beneath, that wasn’t completely covered from lighter colors over top.
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…..
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-
The 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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