I love using the chalky paints that I have used in the past to create a beautiful antiqued look. And I will still love those, but I have a new technique that I am super pumped about. It is much more subtle than what I have used in the past.
It all started with a fabulous trip to Amy Howard’s place a few weeks ago to learn many painting techniques including this one. Amy Howard at Home provided the paint for this project.
First I started with a old vintage industrial tray. I had bought quite a few for my Round Top booth and had a few left.
The bottom of the tray is actually a type of particle board, but the sides are wood.
I used one part AMY HOWARD AT HOME TOSCANA PAINT COLOR NOIRE
They come in a powder form. I added them together in a cup and stirred the two powders together BEFORE adding water.
Then I added water a little bit at a time until it reached a pancake batter consistency. I brushed it on like I would any paint. The color goes on much darker than it dries.
Now normally, I’m not interested in watching paint dry but in this case it was quite entertaining. I used a hair dryer to speed up the process and I could see the color lighten right before my eyes.
See? It does lighten quite a bit.
After it dries, I poured up a few tablespoons of the AMY HOWARD AT HOME ANTIQUING GLAZE. Then I dabbed a sponge into the glaze and began to dab it onto the tray. I continued until the tray was completely covered in the glaze.
As you can see the antiquing glaze makes the paint wet again and it looks dark once again. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary. You want the paint to wear off in places. So dab some areas more than others. The glaze will remove some of the paint. If it is a big project, you’ll need to rinse out your sponge as you go. The sponge will get loaded up with paint, and at some point you end of adding paint back to your piece instead of removing it.
You don’t want the paint removed entirely, you just want to simulate wear and age. Note how the wood begins to slow through in places. Let the piece dry completely.
After using the antiquing wax, you might want to go over the piece with a piece of steel wool OOOO, which is the finest grade. I went over with a pass to remove any rough spots. Then I used a dry paper towel to remove any dust.
Next I got out my AMY HOWARD LIGHT ANTIQUE WAX and applied the wax to the entire piece. This step is VERY IMPORTANT because our paint will come off if it gets wet. The wax coating protects our paint finish. It will look dark once again when you wax it, but again will lighten up.
After the wax dried, I buffed it with a clean, dry cloth.
How cool is that finish?
If you don’t want this much wood showing through, then don’t use much antiquing glaze. I suggest doing a spot to test your technique first like on the back. I love how the wood peaks through.
The paint job looks very old, even though it’s just been a few days.
Then to make it pretty, I added a collection of pitchers, mostly very old with one new one that my husband brought back from a recent business trip to London. Can you spot the new one? It’s the little one in the front on the left.
I also added these yummy old silver candlesticks.
Well I really love the new look. And the gray color looks wonderful in my kitchen.
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