A Liberty Chest, Done the American Paint Way…

I started with a small, wood accent chest – kindof a honey oak – I can’t find a before picture…

It’s first coat of paint was American Paint Co’s Liberty, a soft pale light green.  the intent was to use the NEW APC color – Born on the Forth of July – a dark, midnight blue, over it.

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APC Liberty, coat 1

  Before the blue was applied, I decided to add a dimensional stencil –  maybe a green bronze would be cool – and lay it INBETWEEN the 2 colors of paint…

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so I took the Caromal Colours textured basecoat Bayberry (for its thickness) and added a little metallic bronze to it, to make the color richer…

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Ready to stencil…

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I grabbed an allover stencil design and went to work  stenciling the front.  I originally thought I’d only detail the inner door panels,  but I liked the idea of going over EVERYTHING and creating an allover –  unexpected right?

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Doing so, however, forced me to have to stencil into cracks and gaps, and that was irritating… I held it and squished the thick paint into the stencil pattern best I could –  key here is

DO NOT EXPECT PERFECT.

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When I got the front done I LOVED it.  The color was such a compliment with the Liberty,  I no longer wanted to use the dark blue….

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I was seeing linen… faded… strie…. maybe thin hairs of turquoise….

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I came back a few days later with a clear head.  Born on the Fourth of July was still toying with me…   so I got it out, thinned it with water (big time) and dragged it, both ways, with a dry brush to create a linen effect in blue.

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APC’s Born on the Forth of July is such a dark blue, but when you add water it warms up to a pretty ocean blue…

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I got out the Liberty, added water to a little, and dragged that one too…

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The sides and top I gave a quick 2nd coat of Liberty to,  crackling some areas with elmer’s glue

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The next day I sanded to get a nice smooth feel, then sealed it using American Paint Co’s Vintage Dark Wax.  This wax is sweet – brushes on effortlessly over  the raw chalk/clay painted surface, and wipes back clean and even

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Scrubbing on – I use the waxes sparingly – push it around, until there’s no more to push…

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that’s ALL the same brush of wax – look how far I moved it…

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then dip back for more…

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I only dip the tips….

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Scrub it on…

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On ready to wipe –

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Brushing out the sides

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Ready to wipe…

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Have enough clean rags handy – and fold them over, changing sides as you wipe off the wax –

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Excess wiped off… wait a few hours then buff to a lovely sheen

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Done.

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I painted the back with a wash of the blue, and used a rubber stamp I have to ‘sign’ it 🙂  DSC_4580

and added a jewel!

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Of course  had to add a few crystals to the pull and fleurettes too…

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Pretty young thing… I like it with the chair I recently finished –

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10 responses to “A Liberty Chest, Done the American Paint Way…

  1. I love it. can we buy the stencil from you?

  2. Thank you 🙂 No, I dont stock these but you can get from wallover.com

  3. That’s a great blog entry, thankyou for putting in such detail!

  4. nothing coming up at wallover.com. Are you sure that’s the name of the website? Thanks

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  7. Does anyone do PRIMITIVE anymore? I love chipped aged prim pieces!!!

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