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Chippy Old Paint



Do you lust after vintage architectural elements?
You'll find them at flea markets and salvage shops, 
but they cost $$$$$!!

Like this one I came across recently in an Ohio shop,
that was my inspiration for a client's project.



 Not able to find the authentic  "right piece" for her home, 
my client decided to buy a new piece of gingerbread trim,
and asked me to paint it "OLD" for her.

This beauty is from Wholesale Millwork.



Out came the  brushes, blades, sandpaper and paints
and we ended up with this!


It's chippy with just the right amount of "OLD."
Honestly, if I had a place to enjoy it in my home,
it would never leave me!



Surprisingly, this 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!

If you'd like to try this, 
here's what you need to make this chippy paint effect:
  • joint compound (Home Depot)
  • sanded grout (Home Depot)
  • 3- coordinating paint colors
  • Crackle Medium (Sherwin Williams)
  • clear polyurethane, spray can or quart (Minwax Polycrylic)
  • Glazing Medium (Sherwin Williams)
  • dark brown craft paint 
  • rag, brush, flat edged drywall knife or trowel


1. Tickle on some PAINT.  
Leave some background showing.
    This is the accent color that will peek through. 
      (I used Benjamin Moore Wyeth Blue,  HC143)



2. Mix paint into PLASTER.  
     (I used a pre-mixed plaster from DuRock with grit,
      but you don't need this product for success)
    Instead,
   Toss some sanded tile grout into drywall compound
   add paint and mix.
     (I used Sherwin Williams Spaulding Gray #6074)

   OR.... Opt for no texture.  Keep it smooth.




3. Slip-slapTINTED PLASTER onto the wood. 
    Smooth it out in some places, leave it rough in others.

    I went back an added 
a deeper blue-green over the taupe plaster.      
(I used SW 6428, Watery)
    This is the UGLY STAGE!  
But be patient, it gets better!


    Let everything dry.



4.  Apply CRACKLE MEDIUM 
Again,be patient;wait for it to set up.

5.  With a roller, apply the FINAL COAT OF PAINT.
  Don't fuss about coverage. 
 You want this to look OLD and JUNKY!
    As the paint dries, CRACKS appear. 
It's magic!


6.   BLOT some of the cracked areas before they dry.     
   You'll see more of the colors underneath.
   Let dry.


7.   SEAL with Polyurethane.

8.   GLAZE on top if you'd like.
 Make an antique glaze 
by mixing Glazing Medium with dark brown paint



TA-DA!
And then it was time to hang it on the wall.




 Enjoy!


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