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Furniture Painting: Will Shades of Aqua Turquoise Teal Blue Ever Fade?

Can you guess my birthstone?  I’m a March baby…

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Aquamarine it is,  so many variations, shades, grades….


I was never a fan in my younger days, I always wished my birthstone had been an Emerald, or Sapphire….   My 18 year old daughter, on the other hand,  wishes HER birthstone was Aquamarine  – her’s is Emerald and she hates it! 🙂

This past summer when I had more time to create with paint, she suggested (several times) to paint a fade piece in shades of blue.   Finally I took her suggestion with this piece

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I grabbed these colors – American Paint Company’s Shoreline, Liberty and Spacious Skies, and Botanical Paint Aster, another light aqua

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After the first coat I thought an embedded stencil down the front would be pretty-

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I used our Texture Plaster to lay the pattern, and repeated down the drawer fronts

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You can use a small jap trowel, a flat blade, even a plastic gift card to lay the plaster on the stencil, then lift the stencil to reveal your creation.

After the stencil dried I painted one more layer of mixed colors, and when dry I sanded to reveal the pattern.  The drawers were in great condition but too blonde in color – I richened (is that a word?) them up with a mix of a walnut and mahogany stain – and sanded back the top so I could stain it the same way

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To seal up my American Paint chalk clay all natural mineral finish, I used American Paint ‘s Vintage Clear Wax ,

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I painted up the hardware a bit,  so it would blend but still stand out

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Was really liking where this piece was going….

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BUT…….

the top was throwing me….

When that happens, the feeling wont let up until its fixed, so I took the top translucent light using American Paint’s Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam, painting over that dark top, sanding back to reveal, and sealing up with American Paint’s Topcoat Finish-

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Did you notice the stencil in the drawer?  I stenciled  a small verse in each drawer –

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The lighter top worked, and indirectly drew to the stencil on the drawers, and the deeper drawers popped on their own –

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Love love loved….

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It sold soon after it hit the floor, and to the loveliest of families 🙂

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I missed the splash of turquoise on the floor,  so this one came next, a chest that I received white,  like this

 

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I’m sure I had some kind of plan for this piece, starting it in pastel colors, but once the turquoise pretty sold,  I saw this chest as another that could look good in blues…   I tipped it on its back and started with an all-over plaster stencil on the drawer fronts –

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I painted over the dried stencil with shades of blue – American Paint Peacock, Shoreline, Surfboard and Uncle Sam , and went light with the top – APC Plymouth Rock and Uncle Sam

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The top was a challenge – there was tannin bleed through the white, so I layed a coat of APC Topcoat Sealer to help block the bleed, when it dried I reapplied the whites, and included a little cannonball for depth –

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If you notice above, originally I painted the whole body blue – front, sides, feet… but I wasn’t thrilled with it like I was with the first piece.   This chest was previously painted white – heck, it may have been previously painted MANY times…  it’s finish was not as perfect and pristine as the lingerie chest, so the  blue finish over the existing ‘previously painted’  finish was weathered/shabby looking, not clean and perfect how I wanted.    I didn’t like it, I didn’t WANT this finish to be distressed, aged etc…  but I knew trying to fit a square peg into a round hole would be a frustrating waste of time.  Instead, I played off the piece, and  went a different direction,  silver leafingthe sides, front corners, and feet…

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I painted and leafed the hardware, then waxed the finish with a mix of American Paint Vintage Clear Wax, and  Clear Wax mixed with  Black Pigment, Grey Pigment, and  Brass Mica Powder to ‘weather’ the paint finish so it would coordinate more perfectly with the silver leafing touches.

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Pigments and Mica Powders are a great way to create wax colors in any shade and shimmer you desire.  I like to use them in our  Fabulous Clear Glaze as well.  I’m not a fan of floating them in the topcoat, though it can be done.  We stock 12 different Pigment colors and 9 Mica Colors  –turquoise_chalk_clay_leaf_raised_stencil_chest

This one sold soon after it hit the floor, just like its big sister, and my daughter hinted that a quick 2 for 2,  she was deserving of commission for pushing the turquoise idea…

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Not.    🙂

This was the third, that came soon after the second sold –

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The top on this one came in pretty raw.   It wasn’t in bad shape, a little beat up, but I needed the color to be darker to start with, so  I used a mix of Reclaim Mocha and Reclaim Licorice, a paint we carry that is usually rolled on, but sometime I use it as a ‘paint stain’ –

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For this to work and be easy, you don’t want to DAWDLE when you’re brushing it on –  just brush it, with a big wide brush, hit the whole surface

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then take a dry or slightly damp cotton rag, and wipe it back – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.   We do this a lot for inside drawers , see the difference it makes?   It’s just a quick and easy option, and dries fast

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The first coat on this piece was mostly American Paint Peacock .  Notice the center medallion pattern that I’m hoping won’t get in the way of my stenciling plan…

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I used a stencil and our Textured Plaster Neutral and stenciled the whole front –

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The second coat was a mix of several APC chalk/clay paint colors – Surboard, Shoreline and more Peacock

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You’d almost think the stencil is gone…

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I Reclaim washed the bottom and added a stencil for fun

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I used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and some Cottage Paint custom Wonder White to create a lighter top

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Silver leafed the sides, and accents

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then went to work sanding and refining the body and top

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American Clear Wax, a buffing, and a sprinkling of Swarovskis, and version #3 was rolled out

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I dressed the ‘feet’ up with crystal pumps 🙂

silveR_leaf_legs_painted_furnitureI love the details on this piece

aqua_chest_top_washedand…… then it sold.

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Awesomeness,  that these pieces are moving fast, but part of what I like about creative refinishing is the not knowing what Ill end up with …  I needed to change up the next piece,   and I did,  using shades of grey (I’ll share the detailers later) –  it isn’t priced yet but is in the showroom –

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I have the next perfect piece to ‘take blue’, I’ll be starting it soon, but this time it will be a taller, fatter chest.

Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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Catching Up, and a Pink Chalk/Clay Painted Child Rocker

Goodness, where does one start when they’ve been away too long and there’s too much to talk about?  Do I share workshop wares?  What customers are doing?  Shop happenings?   Or all the project files, piling up with dust on them?

It  doesn’t help, abandoning ship for almost a month…  There was prom

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and graduation from High School – it took my full attention, the 45 minutes before the ceremony started, to watch the jumbo-tron so I could catch her picture…

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The last of High School soccer wrapped, a disappointing end, but thankfully for us we will still be able to watch her continue on at the collegiate level

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All day orientations, family birthdays, Father’s Day,  and great news,  my hubby accepted a position with a different company and started his new journey a couple weeks ago.

Our son is home from college for the summer, I’ve been busy trying to get him familiar with our new web stuff, so he can do some work for us with  link corrections.  Our new shopping cart is up and running, but anytime you switch to new, you end up with old links that dead end when you click on them.   We have to work on redirecting  all of those dead links to live links, otherwise no one will be able to find us!   If you hit a dead link,  please be patient and know that we are working on it.

There will be another round of changes in the next week…. it’s the last phase, and time to move this blog over and merge it with our main store website.   I was told today by our web man that I will need to hold back on blogging while WordPress boxes up the life of my blog and zips it up in a traveling suitcase.  It will then make the move over to our new site, and unzip itself, setting up once again – the end goal being life continues on, and  you not noticing much change.   We’ve probably got a day or two before WordPress starts, so I need to get a few posts UP before they do.  No sure how long it will take them to transition my site – might be a couple days, maybe a week….

In the mean time, I need to  get a few posts together ASAP, and posted, before Word press starts to pack it up…

I’m sharing this cute little rocker that I painted pink a while back –  a PINK post in honor of my daughter growing up –  from child rocker to college dorm!

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The pink is American Paint Company’s Powder Room, one first coat painted on the whole rocker.

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Then the second coat was a mere wash of Powder Room, but also some American Paint Company Uncle Sam, their brightest white, watered down and brushed lightly over the top.

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When everything was dry I gave it a light sanding, and then brushed on a coating of American Paint’s Topcoat Finish.   Topcoat Finish is APC’s alternative to wax, and offers harder protection for your painted finish – perfect for tots.

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Lastly,  I used one of our Monahan Aged Papers,  ripped it into manageable sizes, and applied them to the back rails of the chair using Caromal’s Reclaim Sealer as my bonding agent –

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Sweet, simple rocker.    It didn’t take long to find a new home  🙂

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If you haven’t tried our the Aged Papers you must give them a go –  we’ve got over 200 papers available to chose from!   If you check out the site, we find it easiest to sort the papers by name – have fun looking!

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American Paint Freedom Road Grey Gray – Waxed Black and Brown

Freedom Road is one of our top sellers –

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American Paint Company‘s medium grey gray

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A lovely color on it’s own, very Restoration Hardware

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Applying APC’s Vintage Clear Wax, tinted with  black pigment (aka make-your-own-black-wax) will intensify the color as you can see on this small nightstand I finished

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I layered Freedom Road over APC Waistcoat, and then sanded back to refine the finish.  Because the original piece was haphazardly painted white, it took little to no effort to reveal peeks of white through the colored paint.  So far, the drawer and side trim have been black waxed.

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Over the top I only applied a coat of Freedom Road. When it dried I applied a quick watered down brush coat of Reclaim Sealer, just to seal up the paint. Once dry, I brushed another liberal coat of Reclaim Sealer mixed with water, positioned my Aged Botanical Paper over it, then proceeded to adhere it to the furniture top.  To see this exact process you can watch my DIY Episode 5 found on our free videos page apc_freedom_road_waistcoat_black_wax_botanical_paper4

You can see the piece, tucked in the corner below –

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Applying American Paint’s Vintage Dark Wax, a pre-tinted brown, will change the whole look and feel of Freedom Road.

This vintage radio cabinet started with a layer of APC Home Plate –

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Once dry I applied the APC Freedom Road, and sanded back (once dry) to reveal some of the Home Plate and original finish. To seal it up I used APC’s all natural, very easy to use, Vintage Dark Wax  – scrubbed it on with a brush and softly wiped the excess back

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Would you have expected this color?

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The dark wax will take the grey to an kakhi/olive/green tone.  No grey no more!

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The top I took in a little different direction. First, I brushed a coat of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Chocolate

when that dried I brushed a thin coat of APC Home Plate, sanded it to reveal the Chocolate texture, topcoated it with APC Topcoat Finish,  a more durable topcoat alternative to wax, and then gave it a wash with a black and brown glaze –

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I painted the inside Home Plate as well, and tucked a stencil on the back for fun

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The back got a fun wash of APC Waistcoat and a little Freedom Road.... no topcoating on the back –

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But quite a different spin on grey.    I prefer using my powdered pigments and/or mica’s either mixed into a Clear Wax or into a Clear Glaze.  I’m not a fan of tinting my topcoat…

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We’ve got a great selection of  almost a dozen Powder Pigments, and a dozen more Mica Powders to choose from.  If you like to paint and create, these are a must have.  A little goes a long way, and once mixed still hold a decent shelf life.

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Happy painting!

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A Fab Finish – Country Barn Red, Rich Dark Wax, Allover Stencil

Todays share –  a secretary that,  darn it,  I can’t find the before of.  This was it after one coat of APC Tumbleweed…  I had planned a dark blue over top

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but I let the piece sit a few weeks and when I came back to it, I had other plans…

APC’s American Home Collection had just arrived, and I was eager to play

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I brushed a coat of Rushmore over the Tumbleweed, to neutralize the base,  then started a harlequin stencil using Shingle on the Roof

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When that dried, I painted the second half of the harlequin Tarnished Platter

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It took me forever to do that silly stencil on that curvy front,  and yup,  when I was done I didn’t like it ….        Hate when that happens.    Granted, it wasn’t topcoated yet, so the colors would be a little deeper, but I knew it would still look blue and brown to me….   Reminded me of a toddler boy’s Easter outfit images6

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Back to the drawing board.  I grabbed  Mulberry,  from Caromal’s Botanical line –  a soft black that covers great and lays down with little brush marks. I needed that with all the layers I was creating…

I brushed a mix of  Country Barn (Chenille Bedspread, Fireworks Red)   over the Mulberry

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Fireworks is the tall sample, below,  the new Country Barn is to the right of it, and just for the record, new Rose Garden is to the left of it

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So lets see,  Tumbleweed,  Rushmore, Tarnished Platter and Shingle on the Roof in a Harlequin stencil, Botanical Mulberry,  Country Barn/Fireworks/Chenille Bedspread, and an Allover stencil with Reclaim Licorice

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Yes,  much better

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One more side to stencil…

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I lightly sanded to refine, and sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax.  Here it is still wet, and look –  the harlequin pattern is still ever-so-slighty relaying through  🙂

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Dry, dry dry,  so I can buff buff buff…

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Out to the floor…

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Yes, we all  need some!

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Love the results

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