Hello everyone, today I’m taking part in a new Do It Over Designers blog Hop featuring Upcycle, Recycle and DIY created by Ann at The Apple Street Cottage
Please visit the talented ladies’ links listed at the end of my post.
We’ll look at upcycling pieces that may no longer work in your décor and give some thought to reinventing the piece.
Let’s Take A Look
Creating Florentine tissue boxes for example. I’ve had two for many years and decided they could be updated a bit. I’m fond of Florentine and decided to create the look.
- Painters Tape
- Chip Brush
- Stencil Brushes I Love
- Mona Lisa Size Adhesive
- Mona Lisa Gold Metal Leaf
- Appliques I Love
- Gold Metallic Paint
- Champagne Metallic Paint
First, paint your tissue box the color of your choice. I selected chalk paint because I love the coverage and color pallets. Let this dry.
Next, using light weight painters tape, tape off along the edge creating a straight line.
Start to Add Gilding
Use gold craft paint as a base it adds texture and dimension to the gilding because this process of Florentine was originally done with different metals.
Apply a thin coat of gilding adhesive to the top of the tissue box. Don’t leave puddles of adhesive, keep it smooth to cover the paint.
If a tiny spot is missed don’t be concerned, this will add texture. Let the adhesive dry for half an hour, it will dry clear and sticky.
Now add adhesive to any appliques being used.
A good trick I learned; keep damp and dry rags near by in case your fingertips get sticky. This helps the foil from sticking to your fingers or becoming messy.
Adding Gold Foil
Once the adhesive is dry, this a good time to foil the appliques burnishing the foil with a soft stencil brush.
When laying down the foil, I found small pieces worked best. Pat pieces down lightly using your fingertips.
Next Step – Burnish The Foil
I use a soft, large stencil brush in a light circular motion.
After Burnishing/Adding Texture
A great trick is using two different metallic paints to give each tissue box their own look.
Looking at Florentine pieces I have around the house gave me the idea to use Gold and Champagne metallic paints because I noticed the aging will appear lighter and darker in areas.
Application of Paint
Use a small chip brush, they are inexpensive and the more they are used, the better. After applying a stroke of paint, use a soft cloth and rub the paint in lightly, no need to worry if it isn’t perfect. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
Sparingly apply clear and dark wax, lightly rub into the paint. Dry for one hour.
Once wax is dry you will notice the variation in the different metallic giving it the look of aged Florentine.
Last Step Optional
Last step is optional. I wanted to make sure the gilding wouldn’t get damaged if someone had wet hands while reaching for a tissue, I applied a light coat of Artisan Enhancement top coat, Polyurethane will work well too.
I hope you feel inspired to give upcycling a try on a piece in your home.