Why am I so drawn to primitive furniture? Maybe it’s the simplicity of the piece. The moment I saw it I knew immediately what I wanted to do to it to add to it’s already primitive look. Classic black meets primitive furniture.
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Primitive Furniture Makeover
I chose a flat black paint that would compliment and add to the primitive furniture look I was wanting. Black is so classy and adds a bit of elegance, but that’s not the look I was wanting. It needed to tell a story. The story of how it was used and who possibly owned it years ago. I can just imagine a tall man reaching up and opening the cabinet above the knobs. This would have caused worm areas in unusual places.
I put a lot of thought into my work and it does help to use your imagination. You should try it!
Here is my supply list to help you find what you need to recreate this look on your furniture.
- Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint – black Use my coupon code dododsondesigns and get an additional 15% off at checkout.
- Wise Owl Natural Furniture Wax – clear
- 2 inch foam roller
- 2 inch Fine Finisher
- Paint tray
- Scrubber sponges
- Purdy 2 inch Paint Brush
- 2 inch round wax brush
- soft cotton clothes
- 220 grit sandpaper
The black Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint is creamy and easy to apply.
For this project, I opted to use a roller for the application of paint. Applying the paint with a roller created a bit of a texture to the paint. This turned out to actually be good as it added character and an aged look to the finish. Remember, primitive furniture has a lot of character that occurs with age. Tincture of time. Typically the paint will be rough, chippy and irregular. After applying 2 coats of the flat black, I allowed each coat to dry between applications. About 2 hours.
Wise Owl is a clay based paint and easily reactivated with water. This makes the perfect paint for wet distressing.
Wet Distressing Clay Based Paint
To distress the paint and reveal some of the wood, I used a scrubber sponge and water. I added water to a small bowl and soaked the sponge. Then I squeezed most of the water from the sponge.
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Starting with the scrubber side, I gently rubbed in a circular motion and then wiped the painted surface with the soft sponge side. This will revealed the wood finish under the paint. You will need to play with this until you get the look you want. If you happen to remove too much paint, no worries. Simply roll back over the area with the paint and allow to dry and restart the process again.
The is the easiest way to distress your furniture. Less mess and you don’t have to worry about breathing in all that dust. Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint is non toxic and has no odor. When I’m working in the studio, it’s easy to be taken over by the harsh fumes from other products. It’s a great paint to use indoors.
Once I had completed the look I wanted with the wet distressing, I allowed the paint to dry again. With a 22o grit sandpaper, I went back and lightly sanded the whole piece and focused on the wood showing through the painted areas.
In the design world, 3 is the magic number in decorating. The same goes for paint and color. That’s when I took my sand paper and focused solely on the wood showing and sanded down to the raw wood in spots. This gave the third color and created a visual depth to the piece. Black, finished wood and raw wood.
After sanding, the painted surface was wiped down with a damp cotton cloth to remove any remaining dust. After drying, I applied 1 coat of natural furniture wax. Using the round wax brush, I applied it in a circular motion and then smooth it with the brush. After drying, buff with a soft cotton cloth.
The Results Are Stunning
Oh ya, the clay pot in the photo above… this was also painted with Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint. Watch how I created this drippy finish with a spray bottle of water in the video below.
Wise Owl Furniture Salve
Most of the pieces I get are musty and honestly, a bit stinky. I love to use the Wise Owl Furniture Salve for the interior wood. It moisturizes and deodorizes and give your furniture a beautiful, lemon/verbena scent. Now when I open the doors to my pie safe, all I get is ahhhhhhhhhh.
This Is For You, Grandpa.
I had fun creating this look. Several items in the photo above belonged to my Grandpa. He was my inspiration for this project.
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Until the next project… xo, Do