Do you ever just want to throw caution to the wind and just do the unconventional. I had this oak press back dinette set for some time and originally thought I would just play it safe and use a neutral colour. I was asked on more than one occasion what I was going to do and when I would mention neutral the response would be oh you have to go colourful that is what people buy from you for, or something along that line. I of course would be using my favourite paint FAT Paint and bounced between Wasabi and Red Barchetta. Guess which won out? Time will tell, ok well maybe the title gave it away.
One of the first pieces of furniture I painted for my business I used this particular technique. I had no idea if it would work or if it would even look nice but I put my faith in myself and just did it. I was quite happy with the result and now I have another item I thought the technique would look great on so I did it again. This technique is definitely for pieces that have some nice details on them. Here is what the dresser looked like before I started the process.
Faux Wood & White WashI was offered a nice coffee table with details I really liked. I was excited to get my hands on it, strip the top and give the whole table a lightening and brightening. Once a got it to the studio and took a close look I realized the top was not solid wood but MDF (medium density fibreboard). I decided to go after the look I wanted regardless and create my own faux wood top. I had seen it done on a show probably 20 years ago with a special tool to create a grain look. I can do this!!! So here is what I did and here is the coffee table before I started.
I had seen some advertisements for gilding wax and wasn't sure if I could use it on anything that I had. Was I wrong. There are so many ways to use gilding wax and I am only going to touch the surface with what you can do.
Typically I keep to fairly neutral colours when I am painting pieces to sell. I am trying to reach the widest market possible. Recently I started on a buffet I have had in my garage for quite some time. I would stare at it and nothing, absolutely no inspiration as what colour to paint this beauty.
While checking out my daily Kijiji Alert I came across abeautiful china cabinet and knew I just had to get it even though I reallydidn’t have room for it in my shop. The gentleman selling it was kind enough todeliver and thank goodness as it never would have fit in my SUV. It is a verygood quality piece of furniture made by a respected Canadian company GerardCollin Inc. When we brought the units into the shop we did not put the hutchback on top of the buffet.
A lovely lady and friend of mine had no use for a head board and offered it to me. Well how could I refuse an offer like that? But what could I possibly do with a newer but old style headboard. I decided let’s try and upholster it. I wish I had thought to take more pictures throughout the process but I didn’t and now hang my head in shame.
I purchased a beautiful small china cabinet that I wanted to give a very old, over painted and distressed look to, but didn't want to spend lots of money buying special additives or mediums to get the affect. I searched the internet for ideas, and one day when I wasn't looking for an alternative, what pops up in my Facebook newsfeed but a beautiful mirror frame with the look I wanted.
While I read the post I was amazed how easy this sounded and it was a technique used with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™. I cannot take credit for this oh so easy technique and wish I had saved the link so I could credit the lady I received this information from. Well here we go anyway. First you need to pick two colors for your piece, usually good contrasting colors, although my choices were more subtle. For this cabinet I chose Country Grey for the first coat and a custom OldWhite/Pure White mix for the second coat. First you want to make sure the paint you chose for your second/top coatis nice and thick so you may want to leave the top off the can over night, or as suggested in the post, I read leave it in the fridge with the lid off for a couple of hours.
Once you have a good base coat on and dried you are ready to have fun making magic! Get out your can of paint for the top coat you have allowed to thicken up a bit and a hair dryer. Yes, I said a hair dryer. The trick to this technique is to get the paint to dry too quickly which makes is shrink and crack. Apply the paint in small areas relatively thick and use the hair dryer on hot to the area you just painted. Within a second or two you should start to see the paint cracking. You can certainly practice on a scrap piece of wood before attempting this on an actual piece of furniture.I would suggest picking and choosing where you want the crackle to be, as you can overdo it just the same as you can overdo distressing. ...