Gads, I don’t even want to look at the date of my last post – I get it, I’m way overdue. What can I say?
Life gets in the way sometimes.
So without further ado, lets share some projects!
I didn’t manage a picture at the very start, but this desk had a typical wood stained, varnished finish on top. I used the Citristrip stuff to clean off the first layer. Then I grabbed Caromal’s Textured Basecoats, in the Putty color –
While the base was drying, I got out the American Paint Company all natural Antiquing Wax, in a pretinted ‘dark’ color, and scrubbed that on the rawer wood –
This is my favorite wax, by far, over painted finishes, but I hadn’t really used it in this manner – O M G…….
How beautiful is that wood turning? Just scrub it on, and I mean SCRUB – don’t daintily paint it on, because you’ll waste a bunch, good for me cuz you’ll come back to buy more, but that’s silly, and wasteful – scrub it on – I prefer a natural bristle brush to get it deep and gritty, and get your whole surface covered. Let it seep in for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a soft cloth.
You NEED to wipe that excess off, or your surface will forever feel sticky. Once the excess is off, let your surface dry out for a few hours, then buff it with another soft cloth. So easy, and feels amazing.
When the Putty was dry, I took the middle drawer, and a stencil, and the Putty, and stenciled a thicker relief stencil. No photo, but you can see the stencil in the picture below where I brushed APC Cannonball over the Putty and stencil, let it dry, then sanded to reveal the Putty texture and relief –
I finished covering the base with American Paint Cannonball (you can thin it a little to get it to glide even better)
The APC Chalk/Clay paints dry pretty fast, once the black was dry I used a 180 sandpaper and gave the whole surface a light sanding . Twofold, the sanding breaks through the top color, revealing the dimensional texture below, and it also gives the painted surface a nice soft feel.
I used that same American Paint Vintage Dark Wax, to seal of the paint finish, and buffed it to a pretty sheen when it was dry.
I cleaned and refinished the hardware using the same paints, a sealer, and a few Swarovski crystals, and added some stenciling inside the drawers –
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