So, out came the brushes, blades, sandpaper and paints
and I ended up with this!
It's chippy and flakey with just the right amount of "OLD."
Honestly, if I had a place for it in my home,
it would never leave me!
Surprisingly, it didn't take long to do.
The layers are slip-slapped on randomly
in any way that pleases your eye.
It probably took longer to dry, than it did to paint it!
Because I like to encourage you to have fun with your DIY projects,
let me share a How-To with you.
1. Tickle on some PAINT, leaving some of the background showing.
2. Mix paint into PLASTER. I used what was on the shelf, a pre-mixed plaster from
DuRock, that already had grit in it, but you don't need this product for success.
Toss some sanded tile grout into drywall (joint) compound along with your paint.
--it's fine like that.
Opt for no texture. Keep it smooth if you'd like.
3. Slap-dab the tinted plaster onto the wood. Smooth it out in some places,
leave it rough in others.
Use as many colors of paint as you wish.
I went back an added some deeper blue-green over the taupe plaster.
This is the UGLY STAGE!
Let everything dry.
4. Apply CRACKLE MEDIUM according to the directions on the can.
Be patient and wait for it to set up.
5. With a roller, apply the final coat of paint. This is your finished color.
Don't fuss, or worry too much about coverage.
You want this to look OLD and JUNKY
Watch the cracks form as the paint dries!
6. With a paper towel or rag, blot some of the cracked areas before they dry completely.
You'll see more of the colors underneath.
7. Seal with a clear coat of Polyurethane.
8. Add dirty brown glaze on top if you'd like.
I always seal the paint before putting on the antique-glaze
because it allows me to wipe off the excess easily
without effecting the painted surface.
And then it was time to put it on the wall.