I call this Mantel “No. 2” , for Mantel No. 1 was this one
that I created last year. I posted about that one here Mantel No. 1. Interestingly enough, I talk in that post about choosing from two palettes of chalk and clay paint colors that we carried at the time- obviously, this was before the CeCe Caldwell peeps announced that as of 2014 all retailers would not be allowed to carry any other ‘like’ paints/finishes. You can read about that here if this is new to you – Bye Bye CeCe Caldwell.
Our choice to move forward with American Paint Company was seamless – and time and time again I find myself thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I LOVE this color!’ like when I did this table
or this chair
or this one that I finished today –
Or, when I feel a “I LOVE how that color covers!” (that one I say alot) , like in this workshop, APC A-maizing – this is FIRST coat, and look at that brilliant coverage
I was used to using yellows that were more transclucent on the first coat. How each particular color is pigmented, I’m told, plays a big part in that…. whatever it is, American Paint Co has the recipe for success – their colors SHOW!
Late last year, the new Ellis Collection from American Paint arrived-
I was intrigued by Peacock and wanted to use it on something….I thought of mantel #2. Mantel #1 was finished in neutral colors, I didn’t want to do the same thing – so I decided to go dark. It started with a textured chocolate, applied previously when the plan was a different direction…
APC Peacock… an amazing color, it is beautiful on its own, a rich pretty blue
If you APC dark wax it, it will turn to a pretty sea green/blue, like that table I just finished.
When the Peacock dried, I dry brushed on some APC Fireworks, and Amber Waves of Grain – I wanted some color to pop beneath the black…
At this point it reminded me of Superman ice cream 🙂
Then came the black – APC Lincoln’s Hat – the new Cannonball is blacker, but my plan was to go softer black and then dark wax it…
I added a little bit of APC Black Mica with the dark wax , applying them both together on the same brush-
Here you can see what’s been waxed and what hasn’t-
That’s how far I got, which was pretty much to the end of my idea process, and I didn’t like it. It still felt like superman ice cream to me – now just dunked in black –
I waited until the next day, when I came into work and still didn’t like it. I gave it a little light sand, since I’d waxed it -then applied APC Navajo White with a little Plymouth Rock
Sanded it back to reveal those colors below…
Then I gave it one last coat of wax – this time mostly clear, with just a little dark wax to give it a more worn look. Buffing the finish –
I thought I was going for one thing, and ended up with another 🙂
Even though both were light they were different. Mantel #1 was grays and whites and antiquing, Mantel #2 was distinct colors (red blue yellow black) that revealed through the white, giving an old painted MANY times look –
A good example of starting in one direction and ending up in another
I’ve learned, that’s how the process sometimes goes 🙂
See that board above the mantel, above the F F’s?
It’s a collage of some of the photos of pieces our customers created in our Paint A Piece Workshops. This past week I finally updated our be-gone-winter-hello-spring schedule of workshops. We’ve got a great line up for you – you can find our workshop details here Workshops.
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