I’ve always loved the old-world layered paint finishes, and recently my curiosity got the best of me. I just had to try. My challenge to myself was to incorporate a color that I’m not particularly fond of. PINK! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty color, but I’m just not a pink kind of girl. The results shocked me, and I might be a convert.
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Old World Look With Layered Paint
- White Lightning (furniture cleaner)
- Hurricane Gray Chalk Mineral Paint
- Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint
- Buttercream Chalk Mineral Paint
- Tea Rose Chalk Mineral Paint
- Sea Spray (texture additive)
- Paint Brushes
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Gilding wax Warm Gold
- Gilding wax Anastasia (Red)
*Always clean your furniture properly before painting.
To get the layered paint effect, I was wanting, I started with a base coat of Hurricane Gray. The coverage was great, and it only took one coat.
The second color I used was Coffee Bean. I applied it in random areas around the drawers using the dry brush method. This is where you have very little paint on your brush, and you brush lightly without full coverage. You will see the gray through the black.
Texture Additive | Layered Paint Finish
This is where it got fun! I added the Sea Spray to the Buttercream chalk mineral paint and made a consistency like peanut butter. I hate to admit I didn’t measure, but I really don’t think you could mess this up. Using my chip brush, I stippled the paint in random areas. Again, not full coverage. Just enough to add texture. Oh, by the way, I won’t be using that brush again, so don’t use your good one. An inexpensive chip brush will do. I trashed it!
After the texture had dried, I went back with the Tea Rose chalk mineral paint and stippled that over the whole piece, and allowed it to dry. Stippling is a method of applying paint. Rather than brushing it on, you dabbed it on with the end of the bristles of the paintbrush. Using this method created even more texture and layering. I used 220 grit sandpaper to gently smooth any of the rough raised areas once it had dried. The finish will be rough/textured, and that’s just what I wanted. I was careful not to over-sand because I wanted the rough texture. Just enough to knock off the sharp peaks.
Adding the Black Wax | Layered Paint Finish
The next step in the process was adding the black wax and blended it with a chip brush. I like the look it gave rather than using my large wax brush. This gave me more control as I added more in the corners of the trim around the drawers. I really loved the way the black wax would get caught in the rough texture. It’s was a beautifully layered paint finish.
Because more is always better in my book, I added a pink/red (Anastasia) and gold (Warm Gold) gilding wax on the hardware and around the edges of the drawers. Just enough color to bring out the pink. This was the easiest part of the whole project. I rubbed it on the hardware with my fingers, and on the flat surfaces, I used a soft bristle brush and blended it in.
The pink is still dancing around in my head. I like the look of the old-world finish. What do you think about this finish?
Thanks again for joining me, and as always, I welcome comments and your feedback. I’d love to hear from you.
Until the next project… xo, Do