Hello friends, I hope all is well!
When out on our travels John and I spotted these frames. I wanted to update a spot in our dining room and thought they would work great with help.
I knew I wanted something architectural and we found a piece at the thrift store that I have been working on for a bit for a huge deal!
When you see everything finished you will see why the pieces we found are a perfect addition.
I’m not sure if someone attempted a faux finish or they were in their homes like this but I didn’t like it all.
What I have said numerous times, paint and elbow grease will make pieces sing.
I made sure to clean these very well using white vinegar Windex. Next, I used my ASCP in Old White and went to work.
I didn’t want to completely cover all the imperfections of these pieces. I knew that in spots it would add character and character was the look I wanted to achieve.
Since I wanted to use the flaws to my advantage I decided to use a dry brush technique. I spoke briefly about this on a door project in the dining room HERE
For dry brushing the key factor is to use very little paint. I make sure the paint is worked into the brush as well. Notice on the picture below how little paint is on the tips of the brush.
I only use inexpensive chip brushes for this technique. You may wonder why? Bottom line, your brush takes a beating with dry brushing.
After getting the amount of coverage I wanted I made sure I let the paint cure for a while. Some may think it’s a waste of time, I don’t. I don’t because I want to add clear and light brown wax to the paint.
For me, I have found the paint to move if I skip this step. I also dry brush in stages, I feel it adds more texture if I layer the paint.
Once cured for a few hours I add a coat of clear wax and burnish it into my paint and let it cure again.
Once cured, I used my Maison Blanche light brown wax and strategically put in spots where I deliberately left some of the of the imperfections. Remember, I want character, so I burnished the light brown wax in these places to give them added dimension.
When doing this I used a small stencil brush to give me more control. I used a lint free rag with my finger to make sure it was burnished into the paint very well. To some this may seem tedious but I feel taking the time to do this is worth it to get the look I truly want.
After getting the look I was wanting I allowed them to cure for 24 hours.
Notice above and below side by side one is finished and the other needs dark wax.
Next time, I will share the piece we bought thrifting for $35 . This piece needed lots of love and we got two pieces out of one. One piece will be used to finish these frames off .
Please stay tuned!