A reader asked me HOW to achieve the color of this mandarin chest
using the Caromal Colours distressing paints.
It depends on what finish you are working over. If I was starting over a light wood finish, I’d first brush on the Caromal Colours textured basecoat CHOCOLATE-
I would stipple it in areas that I want to see heavier brown distressing. Then I would brush on a layer of Caromal Colours Chipping Creme-
Over that I would brush Caromal Colours textured basecoat COLONIAL BLUE-
After it dries, sand to distress your finish, sand even deeper to reveal your base wood as an added accent (as seen in the original photo). When you are finished sanding to distress, brush on Caromal Colours Toner and wipe off with a rag-
This will get you to this type of finish-
Notice how the edges are sanded BELOW the Chocolate even, to reveal the base wood – this adds an extra element of distress to the finish. The toner will age those areas nicely, just as it will the rest of the finish.
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