Looking back over my previous entries, in the Cinderella blog I told you all that I would show you some of the techniques I used to transform that headboard. I promised this to you a week ago, but life got in the way (has that ever happened to you?). I apologize for the delay. In today’s post, I’ll be covering the painting techniques I used in the beautiful transformation of “Cinde”, the thrift-store-find. [See previous blog post: Cinderella is Ready for the Ball, where you’ll see the before and after pics of where she started and where she ended up.] So, without further ado…
To begin the transformation process, I started out painting the headboard with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. ASCP is a fabulous paint that adheres to all surfaces. This paint originated in London and has only become available in the U.S. in the last couple of years. It is fairly expensive (per quart price vs. latex – even quality brands such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc); however, it goes a long way and you can get multiple projects done with one quart of paint. It also doesn’t require a primer, which is a cost savings over traditional paint. I can’t say enough how much I LOVE THIS PAINT! It is so easy to work with, adheres to anything, is self-leveling, sands down or off with great ease, is very durable and comes in a beautiful, although somewhat limited, color range. However, you can significantly increase the range of shades when you combine colors into new combinations. (Ex. Emperor’s Silk combined with a smaller ratio of Old White makes a lovely hot pink color. See the Birds on a Wire lamp for an example.)
On “Cinde” I used Provence, which is a gorgeous teal/turquoise, and Old Ochre, which is a lovely crème color, to finish out some of the trim. The photo below shows the paint colors as they were initially coated, before any wax finish was applied. (Click on any of the photos to enlarge them to see the detail better.)
Next, I laid on Provence very thickly into the center sections of the back panels. I dried it quickly with the blow dryer so that it would crack in some places and dry thickly in others, before it had a chance to self-level. I knew I wanted this texture on these sections, so that once the dark wax was applied, the texture would really show up and give the piece some depth and dimension.
After allowing the paint coats to thoroughly dry, giving it ample curing time of 24 hours, I went over the sections with clear wax, then dark wax immediately over that. The clear wax application is necessary to do before adding the dark wax, so that the dark wax will be “workable” and not adhere directly to the paint, altering the actual paint color. The awesome thing about this process is that the clear wax not only serves as a topcoat on its own, and, as in this case, a base for the dark wax, but can also serve as an “eraser” for the dark wax if you put it on too heavy in one place. Just add a little clear wax on top of the too-dark place, working it in with a brush; and then just wipe it off to reveal a lighter look. This wax is very user friendly and completely changes the look of a piece as you’ll see in the following photos.
Wax on – wax off. : )
As a final step in this technique – in addition to the waxes mentioned above – I also used a small brush to add a hint of gold metallic wax to the crème colored trim, and around a few small trim pieces painted in Provence. The product I used is called Rub-n-Buff and comes in a variety of finishes including several shades of gold, bronze and silver. The are other gilding products out there; but many are considerably more expensive and I have used this brand many times with great success .
I actually applied most of the gold highlights prior to the application of the dark wax. This helped it blend into the finish on both the creme and turquoise, and not appear too shiny. I love how it turned out. Hope you do too! If you have any questions on the process I described – or about any of your projects that you’d like to apply a wax finish – leave them in a comment here and I’ll be sure to reply.
Be inspired! Be inspiring….