American Paint Chalk Clay My Way – Purple Vintage Cupboard

The beauty of paint –

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the ability

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to mix

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the colors

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Left mix- 2 parts Shining Seas, 1 part Magenta, 2 parts Cannonball Right mix – 1 part Shining Seas, 1 part Magenta  –  all American Paint Chalk and Clay

that are in

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Left mix- 1 part Shining Seas to 3 parts Magenta      Right mix – 1 part Shining Seas, 2 parts Magenta  – all American Paint Chalk and Clay

 your head

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I had my eye on this cabinet for the next purple piece –

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I love purples,  and others seem to as well –

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S O L D

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S O L D

Let the fun begin,  first layer a mix of yummy purps….

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Inside the cupboard I added some Dawns Early Light to the mix –

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Did you notice anything different in the picture above?

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The pattern on this door wasn’t made out of wood, it was actually painted on the glass…  I never knew they did things like that back when…

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I wondered if I couldn’t remove it with some simple green and a sharp blade…  and indeed, that worked

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Painting shelves…

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I wanted to find the ‘just right’ stencil to create a new glass design – I thought this one would work with the more mod purple-

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I love how the silvers play against purples,  and imagined the stencil pattern in silver leaf.  At my old store I silver leafed my window lettering- it was cool EXCEPT I sized and leaf’d directly over the glass, and from the back it was ugly – looking like bubbly yuk.DSC_0367

I learned from that.  If I wanted to silverleaf this glass I’d start with the same  dark brown basecoat that I use when I do furniture – Reclaim Mocha.   The Reclaim, by Caromal Colours, is perfect because it acts as a primer, finisher, and sealer – all built in,  and will bond to surfaces like glass, mirrors and metal.

First I stenciled with Reclaim Mochaand let it dry-

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That way from the inside of the door it would look brown, like this –

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I decided if the front glass was going silver leaf, the pretty legs/feet would too.

I first sealed the chalk clay paint on those FEET/LEGS  with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish –  you can NOT apply size directly to raw chalk clay paints

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and when the Topcoat dried I brushed on the Sticky Size

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once it set up (10-20 mins) I applied the Silver Leaf

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I had one of my helpers hand paint the size on the glass pattern – nothing beats young non shakey hands and good eyes!

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and I worked on how I’d like the hardware to to look.   I chose this knob to replace the tiny door pull,

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and I kept and silver leafed the drawer pulls

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Silver leafed door design

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Then comes the sanding and refining

 

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until I like the look and feel

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I mixed up a Silver Wax using APC’s Clear Wax and Mica Silver, and I took some of their premixed Vintage Dark Wax and cut it with some Clear to lighten it up ,  then both of those went on at the same time,  same brush-

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When the wax was dry (about 4 hours) I buffed the finish, using my power drill brush and a soft cloth.

THEN, my favorite part!

  I brought out the bling-a-bling-bling

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doctored up the stencil

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using various colors and sizes

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and I make the door knob prettier, incorporating the same colors that I’d used on the piece

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If you notice in the pictures further above, I also added these vintage crystals to the drawer pulls….   this cabinet is so square and boxy  I was trying to GIRL it up some…

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But my gut wasn’t sold on the hanging crystals and the next morning I yanked them off.  (They made me think of hanging cow udders  ) .

Instead, I decided to add crystal shoes 🙂   We flipped the piece over, I drilled some holes, cut down some knobs, and added hardware decorative backs that I have various styles of

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It was JUST what I was imagining!

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Just lovely…

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Roll out to the front…

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Here you can see the shimmer of the silver mica nicely…

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Snuck a little stencil on the top runner

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The inside got a coat of APC Topcoat Finish to protect it, and to bring its color to true life…

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L O V E  

this stencil on the back!

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Are you a purple lover?

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It’s one of my favorite colors!

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4 responses to “American Paint Chalk Clay My Way – Purple Vintage Cupboard

  1. you make me ITCH to paint!! I think my plans for today have just changed 🙂 thanks …

  2. The purple is gorgeous and I love that when you mix you get such depth in the color! I am sure this is a crazy question but how do you always get your stencils so crisp. It seems no matter what I do I always get a little smudge. I love the way the Caromal Colors textured base coat gives texture to a stencil but I have the same problem. Any advice? 🙂

    • Tina, yes, the textured basecoats CAN and will bleed if you ‘blade’ them over a stencil – and I often like to blade them to get that cool thick look – I just try to float real light over the stencil, and I never go back over it – fight the urge to fiddle… and know, applying the TB’s this way you’ll have some clean up – I tell my workshop attendees when we stencil that they cant be anal – you have to let go of that control a little, and not worry that their might be a less than perfect stencil – when you layer color,, and the stencil is buried in between you dont even notice – otherwise, if i need it to be as clean as possible I’ll stipple the stencil out, i dont ever do the traditional method of swirling (like i used to on walls) – reason is, most often i am going over a newly painted finish, and taping the stencil down will pull the paint, as will stencil adhesive – so the easiest way is to POUNCE out your stencil , it will be a great arm workout 🙂 – and most important, make sure your brush is almost DRY – you need almost no paint to stencil , and also, use at least a stencil brush – even better are the round brushes that we sell for waxing – i LOVE them for stenciling.

  3. Thanks again for the blog post.Thanks Again. Cool. edccbbdgbbcf

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