Horses and Crocodile Finish Do Work Together!

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5 Hours

I started out New Year's Day in bed with the flu, and was only getting out of bed for 5-10 minutes at a time before heading back to bed. That's what I love about painting furniture, I can fit it into my limitations and schedule. I had been wanting to try out my crocodile roller stencil, something I've never done before, and I figured it wouldn't matter if I practiced on this piece. Yes, I'd probably done a better job if I wasn't near death, but I hated to waste all that time just LAYING there!

This old cabinet wasn't pretty, but those long drawers were in good shape. I do love anything to organize, and storage. I cleaned it up and removed the hardware.

I spread a thin coat of the spackling onto the piece one side at a time, waited a bit to let it set up, then just rolled the stencil roller over it to create the faux crock stencil. Ehh.. not so great, but maybe I could hide the inconsistencies with paint? Spreading the spackling and rolling the stencil was quick., just a few minutes, it was the laying down to rest between sides that took so long.

Allowed to dry, then lightly sanded. After applying a base coat, I did another coat in this Ralph Lauren Metallic Copper.

This is the fun part, using these different shades of metallic paints and black glaze to add depth and texture.

No, my 1st time with the flu doing this new technique wasn't great, but I didn't mind so much after I added the different colors and shading. For all they know, I did that on purpose. HA!

Added trim around the top and nail head trim and new pulls to the cabinet doors. I had

Cut a poster to fit and decoupaged it to the drawer fronts. Since I was only doing these one drawer at a time and not feeling well, I did a terrible job. My personal worst ever! I fixed it as best I could and applied a heavy crackle finish and a brown glaze to antique it and hide the flaws. Oh well. HA! Sure! I meant for it to look like that! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Found some fabric that looked similar to the tooling they use for saddles and decoupaged it to the drawer interior. Finished it all with several coats of poly in a matte finish.

I know where those boo boos are, can you see them?

I have grown to appreciate the lack of perfection in the finish!

I'm on my feet again and this experiment is finished. Sure, it has some imperfections, like most all of my projects do. I like to think it adds character, to the piece, and to me, learning to accept them. I'm just saying, don't worry about every little bitty thing that is not perfect. Don't be afraid to try new things and be flexible when things don't go as planned. You'll rise again, and might learn something new along the way.

Suggested materials:

  • Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Poster   (Hobby Lobby)

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  • Eliane Eliane on Oct 11, 2017
    I'm a huge fan of you work , is Amezing, how did you do the horses ? Is gorgeous


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