Thursday, June 9, 2011

I’ve been painting . . .

I love working on a piece of furniture—taking a piece of discarded furniture and making it desirable again or simply adding a finish to a unfinished piece.

This project was a custom made piece—a platter rack.

I had a customer in the shop who had been looking for just such a rack. She saw our display piece and we started discussing possible finishes. Fortunately, my friend, Glenn, had time to add the finishing touches to a rack he had already been working on, prior to leaving for Norway. He delivered it to the shop and I proceeded to add a Country French yellow finish to it. This is how I did it . . .

I started with a provincial stain from Minwax.

yooo 005

This was my base. I the started using the Caromal Colours products. The next layer was the chipping crème. You can see it on the lowest shelf—it appears milky white, but dries clear. This is the layer you need to apply if you intend to “age” the piece you’re painting by removing (sanding) away the paint layer.

(I thought you might be able to skip this step, but I assure you—you cannot. This paint has such an incredibly powerful bond with the object, that simple sanding doesn’t work.)

chipping cream

Here is the painted piece.

paint, presanding

Here is the rack after I’ve sanded it. I could barely get the paint to budge where I hadn’t used the chipping crème.


This is one side after I’ve sanded it.

sanded side

Here is the same side after I’ve brushed it with the toner . . .

side with toner

Then the same side (albeit turned-over), after I’ve rubbed the toner off again!

side, wioed toner

And, viola, the finished piece!

platter rack done

I love, love , love how it turned out! I hope my client is happy, as well.

Just a side note . . . Hodgepodge will soon begin carrying Caromal Colours! I’m very excited to be partnering with Kathy Owen of Petticoat Junktion to offer these amazing paints! We’ll share more information as the inventory begins arriving. In the meantime, let us know if you have questions.

Also, let me suggest you sign-up to receive my emails if you think you’d be interested in learning more about these paints. Kathy will be offering a class in the coming weeks. (The link is on the side bar of my blog.)

I'm linking to Vintage Inspired Friday with Debra at Common Ground.

Thanks for your indulgence!



Sweetladyelaine said...

I think your client will love it! I sure do....I have been spray painting and think I would rather use a brush instead.
Thanks for sharing your talent.
Blessings My Friend,

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Paige, love this color, so rich and very original looking. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
xo Debra

Town and Country Gals said...

It turned out fabulous! love the "shabby" look of it! What a great job! Visiting you from Common Ground.

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