Who doesn’t love having a beautiful one-of-a-kind technique in their bag of tricks for that special project – cabinets, furniture, or even a large sideboard that has doors needing some pizzazz?
This project uses several Artisan Enhancements products, in conjunction with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. No matter who creates it, their own touch will give the finish a very distinguished look.
Even if you have never attempted layering products before, you will find there is no right or wrong. Aged naturally, furniture ages in it’s own way determined by time, temperature, moisture and type of wood, so each will be intriguing in its own way.
• CHALK PAINT® Duck Egg Blue, Old White, Emperor’s Silk, Olive, Country Grey
• old cabinet door to practice on, rags, paper towels, containers, brushes
BASECOAT WITH DUCK EGG
Clean the door as needed. Paint a thick coat of Duck Egg and let dry.
STENCIL WITH OLD WHITE
Select a stencil that creates a unique look for your overall project. We chose this design to emphasize the wonderful knob that we planned to add. (Assuming there would be another door facing this one, we would stencil the pattern in the reverse position on that door.) We like creating unpredictable looks like this one. It’s awkward stenciling doors like this, so just hold the stencil with one hand, and stencil with the other.
When the Old White dries, tap on some Country Grey.
ADD FINE STONE TEXTURE
With or without the stencil in place use a small brush to stipple some Fine Stone to add interest, age and texture. Let dry.
To create a barrier coat on top of the absorbent chalk paint, brush on a thin coat of Clear Topcoat Finish and let it dry. This will allow the Scumble Glaze in the next step the ability to glide over the paint, instead of grabbing in ugly spots. Let dry.
MAKE A SCUMBLE GLAZE AND APPLY
While the Clear Topcoat is drying, mix up a brown Scumble glaze using Chalk Paint®. There are lots of Annie Sloan paint color combinations you can use to make a warm brown. Use your favorite mix, or this one. I mixed 1 part Emperor’s Silk with 1 part Olive. Add about 2 parts scumble to the brown and mix.
Paint on the glaze in sections, wiping with a slightly damp cloth as you go to remove some glaze. Use some clear Scumble if your mix is too heavy – just apply it right on the door as you go.
Now use your imagination. Pretend it’s early Saturday morning. You and a friend have a cup of coffee and you’re junking in an old barn that no one has entered in decades. Now use your brushes, rags and Scumble mix to get that to-die-for look you’re hoping to discover in a dark corner in the barn. Only without mice and cobwebs!
Once you’re happy with your masterpiece, let it dry. Add another coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer, to protect the finish. If you like a bit of satin sheen, this is perfect. Or, use Clear Finish, which is more matte.
Let all of the layers dry completely. Get out your handy-dandy drill and set of bits to drill a hole for the new pull.
We think you’ll agree that the knob you select can add some real wow to the final result.
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