One woman’s trash is another’s treasure, and this plaster wall hanging from the 1950’s was on its way to the dumpster when I spotter her and happily took her home. First, Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone was used to fill a bad crack. When that was dry, Chalk Paint® in Old White was lathered on liberally. Next, I brushed on a soft wash of Antibes and dabbed a bit of hand-painted foliage in the background. When that was dry, I applied Annie Sloan Crackelur, a simple two step process with a bit of dry time between each layer. Both clear and dark waxes were used simultaneously to enhanced the porcelain like effect of the delicate crackles. Voila! So pretty and au currant with today’s trendy chinoiserie style.
… JUST KIDDING!
After eight years in this spot, it’s time to remodel. We’ll, keep our regular business hours but please excuse our dust! Walls are coming down, new lights are going up, and lots of painting is going on! Wish us luck and thank you for your support!
A rainy day in May is a perfect day to be at The Studio for a Chalk Paint Essentials Workshop.
We learned four different techniques and so many tips and tricks. The damp air did effect paint drying time, but we used that as a teaching moment and know to expect a longer drying time on a damp day.
One of my favorite techniques is sampled here below; we painted graphite, then used a tiny bit of bronze shimmer and a light wash of duck egg for the look of an aged metal patina.
I can’t wait to see what these ladies (and Ted!) will paint next!
Jean’s dad passed away recently and with mom in assisted living, her childhood home needed to be cleaned out and readied for market. A house sale was planned and any meaningful family treasures were divided among the family. The boots did not make the keep pile.
Left for the sale, the old boots sat forlorn and overlooked. When the estate sale was over, the few odds and ends that were left were boxed up and sent to thrift. Others were put on the curb for passerby to rescue.
I got the boots and here is what I did with them.
The scarred black leather got a coat of English yellow and olive in a crazy bright green color mix. Once dry, Antoinette was loosely painted over, leaving the chartreuse to show through the rough cracks and crevices. The paint easily enhanced the incredible texture of the old leather.
A mix of clear and dark wax was applied, and then a quick dry bush of pure white to highlight details and more texture. I hoped to lace the boots with great looking ribbons but nothing would fit through the small eyeholes except utilitarian waxed shoelaces. I made do with those and I actually think they are perfect.
A sweet surprise for my dear friend Jean!