While I’m always raving about the wood section of the thrift store, there certainly are other haunts that are a must-see too. For instance, these two plaques were in the home decor section and jumped right in my cart…really. tsk. How about I show you my vision for them by demonstrating my paint layering technique? Game on.
So…would you grabbed them? To be honest, the color reminded me of a moss covered garden art, which isn’t all that bad…for a garden. However, I had a better idea. I felt they would be awesome showcased on a couple of cupboard doors from my stash to end all stashes. See how I’ve used others in these posts.
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To make this easier, I’ve created a video tutorial for you below. The steps are pretty simple and I’ll briefly outline them for you.
Paint Layering Steps:
- Prep your surface by wiping clean with a vinegar wash or other preferred method. Plus, make any necessary repairs. I needed a bit of wood filler for my two doors. I also used a heavy duty adhesive to attach the art to the door.
- Apply one (or two) coats of paint, letting cure in between. I used two coats for my projects with my Round Brush (perfect for getting into the nooks and crannies). For the blue, I used the color, Vintage.
- Apply any highlights you would like. I used a soft white on the blue. Also, this is the time to add any gilding using metallic paint or gilding waxes.
- Next, apply a glaze in any color you prefer. I used this custom coral color with my Square Brush. In addition, I have many glazing tutorials found HERE. My glaze is made of basic latex paint and a bit of water. A good ratio is 1 cup paint to ¼ teaspoon water. As a result, you are aiming for consistency similar to milk. Brush on making sure to hit all areas, and wipe off with a damp cloth. Let cure.
- Last, to add another layer of dimension, add waxes in various depths to draw out the fine details. Buff with a soft cloth to your desired finish. Also, you can add distressing using a wet distressing method or basic sandpaper.
Finally, add some hardware to the back, like these keyhole hangers. You’re done! The sky’s the limit when it comes to the variations you can use in your paint layering technique. I’ve only skimmed the surface of the options.
I had such fun with this video and hope it helps you all to visualize and end result as you come upon finds in your home and while out #trashure hunting.
Also, don’t forget the blue one. This one created using this Vintage color chalky finish paint I’ve used on these past projects.
So…I have to ask…which one is your favorite?
Both of these wall art pieces are available in my online shop (SOLD) along with other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods. Also, if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll receive a discount off your first purchase.
I’m all about inspiring YOU. Do pin and share this paint layering technique to inspire other to give DIY a try!.
Up next, this chest that has been in my sons’ closet is about to be redeemed. See the new look HERE.