Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Old paint finish technique

I wanted to show you how to achieve a layered old paint effect using an ordinary chip brush that you can purchase at any craft or hardware store.   
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My turquoise chair in my kitchen started off as a $1.00 garage sale find. The seat had split, so we just glued and clamped it, now it's as good as new.
Now onto the  paint job.
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I generally don't sand before I paint, I just make sure it's clean using glass cleaner and rag. Most of you know that I paint my furniture using regular acrylic craft paint. Try mixing up your own colors for that special custom color and believe it or not those little 2oz bottles go along way.
2" CHIP BRUSH / PAINT BRUSH - 2" NATURAL BRISTLE CHIP BRUSH / PAINT BRUSH. PRICE/BRUSH.
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Now forget all those rules about regular painting, it's ok, if you have a drip, it's ok if you have missed spots, it's even ok to brush over it before it's dry, this will give texture and make it look like something that's old and been around for years.
For this chair I only used one color, but layered the coats, 3 coats total. The first coat, you can see how it has a dry brush effect and there are many missed areas.
Because the chip brush has uneven bristles, it's easy to give that uneven appearance.
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The second coast was done just like the first but you can see how the blue is looking a little more uniform, but still patchy.
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The third coat or even more coats if you want, will finish off the weathered old look. I'm usually so impatient that I get out my hair dryer and dry the paint as I go, remember you can't mess this kind of paint job up, any mess up only add texture and depth.
Sometimes I will sand or scrape to distress further, but this chair had enough character that I didn't think it was needed.
To protect the finish I always apply a wax finish, like minwax furniture wax, you will need to apply at least 2 coats, but I think 3 give the best finish. Just follow the directions on the can.Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax
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So give it a try, you'll be amazed how easy it is.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Parade of Homes 2011

Welcome to the Parade of Homes 2011 hosted by Poppies at Play

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We're very excited to take you on a tour of our home, so ya'll come on in and stay awhile.



Our home is a 1970's brick ranch style home, which we are lovingly making our own.
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When you enter our home you will see our foyer area....

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Followed by the entrance to the Living room.....
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Now to the Dining room.........
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Next stop our new kitchen, which is now my favorite room in the house.
Anyone for a cup of tea and a cupcake?
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And the last stop on the tour, the master bedroom, with it's new spring look.

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Thanks so much for coming, we loved having you over.




Please vistit the next stop on the tour,
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Cori from
Starview Sonnet

(I'm so sorry but I've had problems with Blogger this morning, the link to Starview Sonnet should now be working!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cottage of the Month

I was so happy when I found out we were chosen for April's Cottage of the Month at the Old Painted Cottage.
Before I ever started my blog, I recall seeing Jennifer's home and her cottage of the month feature, and one of my dreams was to be featured there one day. Her style and home are amazing, so you can see why I'm so happy that my dream came true.

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I changed a few things in the bedroom and living room to give a subtle but new look to the spaces.

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Thank you so much Jennifer!!

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Pop over to her blog to see the entire feature click Here