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An Exciting Week, Live in the D…

This past week I was honored to make an appearance on Channel 4’s morning show  Live in the D, for their March Madness Makeover on updating furniture.

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Michelle Oliver, a video reporter from WDIV, visited our store looking for an easy way to makeover her dresser.  She taped some of her visit,  choosing a paint color and some how to tips.

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and went home with everything she needed for her makeover project.   She wanted her dresser painted a soft white, but was interested in dressing up the top, maybe even adding a stencil ….

On the live show we demonstrated how to add a foil element to her dresser top, and adding extra detail with stencils.

I wish we could have had a whole hour to discuss ways to dress up a simple paint finish –  it’s what drives my creativity –

~ the art of embellishing your piece ~

Of course, a simple paint finish is classic,  like this bedroom

and these curios that my client wanted black

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

“Just” paint,  maybe layering colors, and a little sanding/wiping to reveal is another easy makeover,  like this gorgeous Florentina  bed from Habersham Home

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or this fun piece

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Maybe you paint a piece, and a month later you decide you could live with a little more pizazz… what then?

Applying a glaze would be an easy way to add dimension to your painted finish. Glazes can be applied over any non-waxed paint finish that isn’t flat or raw.   We offer many choices of glaze colors, both in store and online

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Using a thicker, textured paint like our Caromal Textured Basecoats as a first layer color, and then another paint/color over top will allow you to reveal back, easily, to a real cool worn look

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You could also add a thicker stencil, embedded between your color layers like I did on these back panels, using our Textured Plaster or Stone products

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and on the front of this piece under a silver metallic finish…

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Jazz it up more with some Swarovski shimmer

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we offer a great selection of Swarovski colors, both in crystals and pearls

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This piece had a lot of adds – the embedded plaster stencil design on the whole front, buried between American Paint Co. Chalk and Clay paint colors,  Swarovski Crystals, and our new Varigated Blue Gilding Leaf, on the top, accents and hardware

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The same idea on this chest,  “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent”  

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Ombre chest, painted with American Paint chalk and clay blacks/greys, our black texture plaster for stencil relief, sides feet and hardware accented with silver leaf

You could add a stencil element, here, there,  or everywhere, with the use of a stencil and another color of paint or glaze.  We offer an excellent selection of durable and reusable stencil designs

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American Paint chalk and clay paints in various pink shades, each tier stenciled, shimmered with crystals, feet accented with silver leaf

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One of my all time favorite pieces, silver finish with stencil accents

It’s hard for me NOT to add something somewhere….  it doesn’t always have to be the front and center focus, like this red secretary –  it can be subdued, tucked away off to the side like the silver vanity

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Maybe a change to the top would work for your space – FOILS  are  fun

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

and there are many color pattern to choose from.  Michelle chose Woodhaven Gold for her dresser top, which we demonstrated on TV

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Or foil just your hardware, or feet, or drawer fronts….

Combine foil AND stencils- this table is ‘just’ turquoise, but the top changed it’s whole look

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Weathered Copper for this “Clock Table”, created with American Paint chalk and clay paints and wax

This table base is a weathered white, painted in hopes of landing in a summer home.   Adding a stencil to the top makes this side table more functional, using a foil pattern on the top makes it more unique

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Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top - American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed.

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top – American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed. Aged paper Botanical print added to drawer front.

You can add a paper clean like above, or weather the edges like these next couple

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A great way to kick up the POW factor is using dimensional patterns, with more creative products like textured plasters, stones, and decorative acrylic waxes.  Our Specialty Finishes Workshop involves layering and creating finish looks with these type of mediums, which you can incorporate to any surface

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There are so many ways to play and experiment…. and create

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 Black base with a mixed Brass Wax, a textured plaster top with metallic and waxes

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A silver metallic finish with decorative raised panel, using tinted textured plaster through lace and a shimmer mica wax over top

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One Of My Favorite Dixie Chests …a Reclaim Test

I acquired this Dixie furniture when I was at my first store,  four years ago.  The picture cuts off the dresser on the left is actually a triple, and around the corner were two narrow bookcase units

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I don’t usually buy up full sets of furniture, but I loved the style and the condition was mint.   The pair of nightstands and armoire chest moved on to my current store, and this past Spring I decided they would be perfect for my next paint project –

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I decided to try a mix of our Reclaim paint and Botanical paint.  Reclaim is a waterbased low voc paint that bonds to near any surface, and unlike the other paint lines we carry, it also has a sealer in it. But Reclaim is not a ‘brush on’ type paint like our other paints – it functions best as a rolled on paint . If you brush Reclaim it will show application marks  aka brush strokes, especially the heavier you apply the paint.  We tell our customers if they have to brush the Reclaim , say parts of a chair or areas that are hard to roll, then apply the paint in light layers and try to keep your application strokes the same.

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The Botanical paint, also created by Caromal Colours,  is more like a chalky type paint, low voc’s, and most often is applied by brush.  It actually brushes out lovely, and doesn’t HAVE to have a finish coat over it to stay put, but it dries out to a flat chalky feel.  Colorwise, the lightest neutral of Botanical is Gardenia, an offwhite (top left).

I mixed part Botanical Gardenia, Part Off White Reclaim and part Bright White Reclaim, and started applying, thin, by brush

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I used our Textured Plaster  

 

and bladed it through one of our thicker stencils

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The original hardware would be refinished to a brass/bronze color, but I wanted something special on the top drawer.   I used several decorative backs, added a metal whispy knob, painted it to a pretty brass/bronze color, and added Swarovski crystals to complete the look

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I let both panels dry, the went back to dry brushing, to get the finish even

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After that I went to work dressing up the piece, giving it those added touches that I love, to make it a one of a kind special…   I stenciled the inner drawer fronts,  and gave the inside and out of each drawer a freshening up of colorfabulous_finishes_studio_dixie_french_provencial_chest_painting_vintage_white_bronze_accents (6)

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The remainder of the hardware was refinished to the brass/bronze color, sealed and embellished with Swarovskis’s to complete the look

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 I’m really pleased with the that old formica top –   one of my favorite finishes back from my faux finishing days, creating authentic wood grain finishes –
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Of course, the feet had to be glammed up
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Definitely one of my favorite chests, not just for how it ended up looking, but for the whole package – the lovely design and furniture quality

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Look at all that storage!dixie_chest_custom_painted_chalk_wood_grainWhen it came time for the petite nightstands, I finished them pretty much the same way except for the tops.   The tall chest had that  ‘fantasy/faux’ wood grain finish,  where I tried to get to that color tone that I saw in my head. In those cases I have no recipe to follow, I just trial and error until it works.   I  would have a miserable time trying to recreate an exact match.   Plus the nightstands were lower and I felt a darker top would weigh the pieces down…..

I decided to use that same plaster through lace for the tops-

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Here, in the photo below, I’ve already painted over the dried plaster lace on the tops

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Yay!  I sanded tops and the tinted pattern popped through, leave just enough to dress up the tops.

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The pieces coordinated well with each other, and just last week a customer put a claim on the trio

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offwhite_custom_painted_french_provencial_chest_standThis winter weather has been amazingly mild for Michigan, and already I’m starting to get itchy for Spring…  here’s to another great week!

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Sharing Projects From Our Workshops…

Trying to round out the posts – customers projects,  things I’m working on, and all the fun paint projects created in our workshops –

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A chippy, worn finish, Textured Basecoat Cobblestone, Chipping Crème, TB Parchment, and Glaze

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Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, APC yellow chalk/clay, sanded/wet wiped to reveal, APC Topcoated to seal up the paint

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The body of this pedestal kept its original finish, the top, base and accent was given a warm silver/gold finish with Toner

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A layered, chippy finish can be obtained a number of ways – here the texture on the first layer is Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, but instead of ‘chipping creme’ and then another Textured Basecoat  she used American Paint Co’s Fireworks Red, one coat painted on just enough to cover.  When it dries you can sand with a 150 grit to get thru to the textured base, and you can damp rag it to reveal as well.

I think APC Dark Wax completed this finish-

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Brown wood drawers before,   I think this one is our custom Grey,  and the hardware was refinished using our Hardware Kit Brass
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A wood table before, got a layer of  Reclaim Mocha,  a layer of a Metallic Bronze Blend, and Black Glaze.  Stenciled with a lighter metallic-

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Top is 2 coats of Reclaim Mocha,  the rest has one coat Reclaim Mocha, then a rustic layer of metallic Silver Blend, and Toner

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Our custom Blue, with a white wash, stenciled with several colors of Stencil Cremes

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APC Chalk/Clay Voyage blue over  White, sealed with APC Topcooat. Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Texture Basecoat Chocolate, Metallic Silver Blend, Toner

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Our custom White, with a stencil color Mother Earth Stencil Creme – you can achieve the same color stencil using Toner –

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American Paint Co Freedom Road, with Clear Wax might have had some pewter mica and/or black pigment  in the wax …

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Basecoated with Reclaim Pewter,  top and accents topped with a soft metallic gold/silver

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Love how this one turned out – the attendee brought a pillow from home to match – she used Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think the blue was Reclaim Nantucket – sanded when dry, and stenciled with a champagne metallic –

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American Paint Freedom Road over Amber Waves Of Grain, sealed with APC Topcoat

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Metallic Bronze Finish over Textured Basecoat Peppercorn, sanded to reveal texture, topped with Black Glaze –

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American Paint Co Vintage White, Distressed and Topcoated.  Drawers Stenciled.

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Metallic Finish (Reclaim Licorice, Black Bronze, and Black Glaze)- stenciled in silver –

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First layer Reclaim Mocha, second layer Metallic Silver Blend and Toner. Stencil in Toner. Top remained Mocha – this table had a raised grain on top,  the Mocha so nicely accents it
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First layer Reclaim Licorice, Metallic Silver Blend with Toner on top and door
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First coat Textured Basecoat Chocolate, then I think it was our custom Vanilla,  sanded/wet wiped, then glazed
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This table was originally dark wood,  painted with our custom Vanilla  topped with Antique Glaze

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Stenciled with Mother Earth Stencil Crème

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Textured Basecoat Wisteria over Colonial Blue, Chipping Creme in middle, with Tea Glaze. Stenciled with Toner

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Textured Basecoat Cobblestone over Peppercorn, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner.  Stenciled in metallic –

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Textured Basecoat Parchment, with Molasses Less Intense Glaze

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Wine, and  American Paint Dark Wax

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American Paint Co Orange Grove, with APC Topcoat 

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This frame was refinished using our custom tinted Grey with wash

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American Paint Vintage White with APC Topcoat

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Not sure, I think Botanical Dahlia over Textured Basecoat Wisteria 

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Not sure….

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I think American Paint Leather Boots over Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue, with APC Dark Wax

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American Paint A-mazing Yellow over Peacock, APC Topcoat

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Thought I’d include this one,  one of our larger Aged Paper Creating workshops  – I think I shared the final photo months back, but this was their fun group –

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This class mounted their choice of Aged Paper onto a glass mounted frame, layering to hide edges.  Our current Aged Paper Workshop will be working on large canvas mountings

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I think American Paint Topiary with APC Dark Wax

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Caromal Textured Basecoat Parchment over Candy Apple Red, Chipping Creme in the middle, with Toner and Toner stencil

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Patina with Tea Glaze

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French Blue with white wash and White stencil

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Metallic Silver finish with Toner and Stencil

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Grey Linen, with a Molasses Less Intense Glaze and a stencil using Mother Earth Stencil Creme

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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 repeat.  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.

 

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

the      O N L Y     WAX    I’ll     use 

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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…

 

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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I  silver leafed the 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

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I wipe the paint on top back with a rag – you can use another dry brush to soften any application marks, but you’ll find it colors up the worn wood nicely.

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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 

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The second coat  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 used APC Limoge, Plymouth Rock and 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 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, but always yearning to create one of a kinds!

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Time to go bury my head in tax paperwork!

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