Can you guess my birthstone? I’m a March baby…
Aquamarine it is, so many variations, shades, grades….
I was never a fan in my younger days, I always wished my birthstone had been an Emerald, or Sapphire…. My 18 year old daughter, on the other hand, wishes HER birthstone was Aquamarine – her’s is Emerald and she hates it! :)
This past summer when I had more time to create with paint, she suggested (several times) to paint a fade piece in shades of blue. Finally I took her suggestion with this piece
I grabbed these colors – American Paint Company’s Shoreline, Liberty and Spacious Skies, and Botanical Paint Aster, another light aqua
After the first coat I thought an embedded stencil down the front would be pretty-
I used our Texture Plaster to lay the pattern, and repeated down the drawer fronts
You can use a small jap trowel, a flat blade, even a plastic gift card to lay the plaster on the stencil, then lift the stencil to reveal your creation.
After the stencil dried I painted one more layer of mixed colors, and when dry I sanded to reveal the pattern. The drawers were in great condition but too blonde in color – I richened (is that a word?) them up with a mix of a walnut and mahogany stain – and sanded back the top so I could stain it the same way
To seal up my American Paint chalk clay all natural mineral finish, I used American Paint ‘s Vintage Clear Wax ,
the O N L Y WAX I’ll use
I painted up the hardware a bit, so it would blend but still stand out
Was really liking where this piece was going….
the top was throwing me….
When that happens, the feeling wont let up until its fixed, so I took the top translucent light using American Paint’s Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam, painting over that dark top, sanding back to reveal, and sealing up with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish-
Did you notice the stencil in the drawer? I stenciled a small verse in each drawer –
The lighter top worked, and indirectly drew to the stencil on the drawers, and the deeper drawers popped on their own –
Love love loved….
It sold soon after it hit the floor, and to the loveliest of families :)
I missed the splash of turquoise on the floor, so this one came next, a chest that I received white, like this
I’m sure I had some kind of plan for this piece, starting it in pastel colors, but once the turquoise pretty sold, I saw this chest as another that could look good in blues… I tipped it on its back and started with an all-over plaster stencil on the drawer fronts –
I painted over the dried stencil with shades of blue – American Paint Peacock, Shoreline, Surfboard and Uncle Sam , and went light with the top – APC Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam –
The top was a challenge – there was tannin bleed through the white, so I layed a coat of APC Topcoat Sealer to help block the bleed, when it dried I reapplied the whites, and included a little cannonball for depth –
If you notice above, originally I painted the whole body blue – front, sides, feet… but I wasn’t thrilled with it like I was with the first piece. This chest was previously painted white – heck, it may have been previously painted MANY times… it’s finish was not as perfect and pristine as the lingerie chest, so the blue finish over the existing ‘previously painted’ finish was weathered/shabby looking, not clean and perfect how I wanted. I didn’t like it, I didn’t WANT this finish to be distressed, aged etc… but I knew trying to fit a square peg into a round hole would be a frustrating waste of time. Instead, I played off the piece, and went a different direction, silver leafingthe sides, front corners, and feet…
I painted and leafed the hardware, then waxed the finish with a mix of American Paint Vintage Clear Wax, and Clear Wax mixed with Black Pigment, Grey Pigment, and Brass Mica Powder to ‘weather’ the paint finish so it would coordinate more perfectly with the silver leafing touches.
Pigments and Mica Powders are a great way to create wax colors in any shade and shimmer you desire. I like to use them in our Fabulous Clear Glaze as well. I’m not a fan of floating them in the topcoat, though it can be done. We stock 12 different Pigment colors and 9 Mica Colors –
This one sold soon after it hit the floor, just like its big sister, and my daughter hinted that a quick 2 for 2, she was deserving of commission for pushing the turquoise idea…
This was the third, that came soon after the second sold –
The top on this one came in pretty raw. It wasn’t in bad shape, a little beat up, but I needed the color to be darker to start with, so I used a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Licorice, a paint we carry that is usually rolled on, but sometime I use it as a ‘paint stain’ –
For this to work and be easy, you don’t want to DAWDLE when you’re brushing it on – just brush it, with a big wide brush, hit the whole surface
then take a dry or slightly damp cotton rag, and wipe it back – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely. We do this a lot for inside drawers , see the difference it makes? It’s just a quick and easy option, and dries fast
The first coat on this piece was mostly American Paint Peacock . Notice the center medallion pattern that I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my stenciling plan…
The second coat was a mix of several APC chalk/clay paint colors – Surboard, Shoreline and more Peacock
You’d almost think the stencil is gone…
I Reclaim washed the bottom and added a stencil for fun
Silver leafed the sides, and accents
then went to work sanding and refining the body and top
I dressed the ‘feet’ up with crystal pumps :)
I love the details on this piece
and…… then it sold.
Awesomeness, that these pieces are moving fast, but part of what I like about creative refinishing is the not knowing what Ill end up with … I needed to change up the next piece, and I did, using shades of grey (I’ll share the detailers later) – it isn’t priced yet but is in the showroom –
I have the next perfect piece to ‘take blue’, I’ll be starting it soon, but this time it will be a taller, fatter chest.
Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!
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