I know, I know, it’s been AGES since my last blog, but to make up for it I have two projects to tell you about today! Both are makeovers of ‘modern’ pine pieces, albeit both are in traditional designs, both of which had already been painted.
In the first project, this corner mirrored bathroom cabinet just needed a new colour following re-decoration of a downstairs cloakroom. It had been previously simply colourwashed in soft grey emulsion, with a light wax finish. In this case I decided no Extra Bond was needed, as I was pretty sure the old wax would have more or less gone, and anyway I wanted a naturally distressed finish if I could get one. And I was absolutely deslighted with the result!
So, I started with a very quick light sanding, and then wen on with the first coat of Old Fashioned milk Paint in Light Cream. This colour is a very subtle ivory, which can either be left as a very clean off-white, or lends itself perfectly to the addition of ‘antiquing’ wax. This is just your usual finishing wax, but with the addition of a colour – usually either brown or gold/bronze, to ‘age’ a paint finish. (If you’re up to challenge, you can have great fun making your own by mixing plain wax with small amounts of acrylic paint, natural dyes or even boot polish etc, to get your own bespoke shade).
So, after a couple of coats of light cream, I was delighted to see very subtle crackling of the milk paint in places. There wasn’t enough of a shine on the previous paint to lift the paint off for a ‘chippy’ effect, but just created these tiny little crackles which I love. These are much smaller and less uniform cracks than the kind you get when using crackle glaze. I then rubbed over the whole surface with my flexible sanding sponge. These are perfect for the finishing Milk Paint before waxing or varnishing – they have the triple benefit of smoothing out any graininess and making the colour really dense, whilst at the same time ensuring no further lifting or cracking takes place (this is essential on really chippy pieces).
Then it was on with the antiquing wax. I love this bit. The bronzy brown wax sank into all those little crackles to bring them out even more, and when it was buffed after 15 minutes, it really looked like something that had warmed and mellowed over time.
With the addition of a new ceramic knob, it was ready for wall mounting. …….