I found this 3 drawer chest at Goodwill for $14.99 and I knew it would make the PERFECT bedside table for AND provide extra storage. I snatched that tag before anyone else could, bought her and took her home. The first thing I did was clean her up with Clean Slate.
I applied 2 even coats of Black One Step paint to the entire piece.
I started applying Gilding Size with a china chip bristle brush in sections across the top of the chest. I only put enough size down to cover an entire row. I let it set a few minutes to let the size get tacky before applying the Gold Leaf.
I applied full sheets of gold leaf. I worked from left to right in a row. I lined them up side by side. I had measured before I started and the top of my piece would perfectly hold 6 sheets across. I repeated this process until the entire top was covered. Then I did one full row on each side and across the front too.
I used an artist brush to lay down more size on the sides and front to make it look like the gold leaf would be dripping down. I cut the gold leaf booklet into smaller rows to make it easier to work with. I also finished off the edges and any little spots that I may have missed along the way. I just kept adding Gilding Size anywhere I thought I needed more Gold Leaf. I fussed with this a bit until I was happy with the coverage. It's so easy - just remember that you don't have to get it PERFECT the first time. You can always add more size and more gold leaf it blends nicely.
I applied Mind Your Own Beeswax everywhere there was Black One Step Paint. I chose to keep the rest of the chest solid black, even the handles to give it a more sleek modern look. Remember to always off load wax from your brush before applying to your piece of furniture.
While I waited for the wax to come to tack I added the 2 new gold and acrylic pulls for the top drawer. It only took about 20 minutes then I used a white lint-free rag and I buffed the wax. I always say this is when the magic happens! Buffing the wax does 2 things, it hardens the wax for protection and it gives your piece a beautiful soft sheen. It really is magical.
I immediately asked Josh(my husband) to help me move it into the bedroom so I could set it up by the bed. I wanted to stay up all night staring at it and ENJOYING THE BRAGGING RIGHTS!
The back of this cute bookcase was barely hanging on, so I removed it. Then I used Clean Slate all over, including the removed back.
I applied 2 even coats of Tick Tock to the inside of the book case.
I applied 2 coats of Cerusing Wax to the outside, top and front parts of the bookcase and let that dry. I waited a day to let it set up really good because it's been so hot and humid, then I used a lint free rag to buff the Cerusing Wax so it would harden and have a soft sheen.
I wanted to use part of the Toile Mesh Stencil to add a little bit of whimsy. I put a little bit of Gel Art Ink in Hush Your Mouth, which is a really pretty navy. I strategically placed the first stencil to look like a monkey was peeking out from the bottom shelf. All ya do is use the spreader to lay down the ink just on the part of the mesh stencil that you want to do them pull up the stencil. I continued to do this until I had 3 cute monkeys perched precariously on the shelves. Then I attached the back on with staples.
ENJOY THE BRAGGING RIGHTS! Now the hard part...do I sell it or keep it????
Remove some layers of milk paint by using a sea wool sponge and Antiquing Solution. Dab and pull the sponge to get a varied look. I also use a metal straight edge like a flat head drive or scraper to scrap off random parts of the paint and gesso where its think to achieve a chippy look. Lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper to make the entire piece smooth to the touch.
Step 6 -Wax
I use Dark Antiquing Wax on the corners and edges to give it a little age. Let dry 30 minutes. Apply either Light Antiquing Wax and or Cerusing Wax. I did both but let dry 30 minutes between coats. It gave it great dimension and picked up in the texture nicely.
Step One: I used a white lint free rag with Clean Slate to clean all the surfaces to be painted...including inside all of the cabinets and drawers.
Step Two: I painted 2 coats of Bauhaus Buff on everything, inside cabinets, drawers, the bases, the doors inside and out and the island.
Step Three: The home owner had an AWESOME IDEA!!! Since we were originally going to do a glaze on her cabinets but she decided to go with a solid fresh white...she decided to paint the INSIDE of all the cabinets and drawers with One Step Paint Atelier!!!! Oh my goddess, it's such a sweet surprise when you open a door!!! It puts Kandee's stamp on them and makes her SMILE!!!
Step Four: Using a large round brush I applied 2 coats of matte sealer to EVERYTHING. Anytime I am painting a kitchen I either glaze, apply matte sealer or wax because the one step paint is porous. I don't want it to soak up any messes I might make.
Step Five: The owner, Kandee, played around and did a GORGEOUS wash on her back splash to tie it all in.
Step Six: Waiting on the contractor to come install the new counter tops!!!
Apply two coats of Cracked Gesso with a natural bristle chip brush. Be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper so it's smooth and not jagged or rough to the touch.
Remove some layers of milk paint by using a sea wool sponge and Zinc Antiquing Solution. Dab and pull the sponge to get a varied look. I also use a metal straight edge like a flat head screwdriver or scraper to scrape off random parts of the paint and gesso where its think to achieve a chippy look. Lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper to make the entire piece smooth to the touch.
Step 6 – Gild:
I used a very fine artist brush to randomly apply Gilding Size to the edges and highpoints on the carving. After coming to tact (about 15 min), I applied Gold Leaf and buffed it with steel wool to dull the shine after brushing off the excess with a stiff bristle brush. Don’t overdo it, just here and there will make it look authentic.
Clean with Clean Slate. Set up a spray area outside, blocking off areas of wind with cardboard boxes or tarps if needed.
Step 2 – Prep:
Paint a base later of Furniture Lacquer Primer. Let dry. After drying, I added one more coat.
Step 3 – Lacquer:
Shake the cans for 2 minutes and start spraying. Lay whatever you want to paint on its side so the paint doesn’t run. Then, start spraying at the point closest to you and then moving further away from you, in long passes without letting go of the valve. Keep it consistently spraying until you are done with the pass. I also start spraying just to the right or left of the piece and then move along the pieces until after I’ve passed the other edge.Doing so will allow the overspray will get covered by new spray. If not the droplets will show up on your new paint. If painting on a vertical surface, start from the top and work your way down. As you continue to paint, overlap each area a little with the next and only spray on a think coat. Don’t go back over it with a second or third coat until its dry.Given that lacquer is a little thinner than other paints, you’ll need to apply 2-3 coats.
Lighting sand with 400 grit sandpaper between coats.
Step 4 – Apply top coat:
For extra shine, apply a top coat of Bright Idea lacquer sealer.
I started this project off a little different than usual. This porch floor was pretty dirty, so my hubby power washed it for me!
Once the floorboards were clean and dry I used a roller to paint 2 coats of One Step Paint in Ballet White
Normally when I apply a stencil to a floor, I start in the middle. BUT I started by the door this time because I wanted full squares in the areas that everyone would see. I also purchased a total of 3 stencils for the job to help it go a little faster. I positioned the stencils where I wanted to start, and I used a small foam roller to lay the Black One Step Paint down.
Looking back I should not have done this when the sun was blaring down on the stencils/paint. As soon as I would roll the paint on the 3 stencils, I would pull them up and head inside to clean them. THIS is the BEST PART...these stencils are so easy to work with!!! All I did was run a medium temp water over them...on the painted side, not the sticky side and use my hand to gently rub the paint off. Good as new and ready to go again. IF I had waited for the sun to move, I could have probably done a few more passes, but it was literally 98 degrees and I didn't want the paint to bake onto the organza part of the stencil and clog it up.
After rinsing the paint off the stencil, I laid them sticky side up on a towel to dry. It only took a couple minutes and I could take them back outside for some more paint. I used the stencils to make 144 tiles on my porch. Which meant 48 trips in and out...but the result is sooooo worth it!!!!! After the last 3 "tiles" were painted and the stencils were cleaned and dried...I neatly put them back on the cards they come with and into their plastic sleeves for another project later!!!!
*Note: Since I was putting this "tile" look on my old wood porch floor boards, I knew it was not going to be crisp and perfect because of the boards. I purposefully went a little lighter in areas. I wanted the floor to look like it was made from hand painted Moroccan tiles that had faded over the years.
I laid down 1 good even coat of Matte Sealer.
FINISH TURNING MY 10 x14 open air porch into my DREAM SCREENED IN PORCH OASIS!!! Enjoy The Bragging Rights!
Then you want to seal the top with 3 coats of Matte Sealer. Sanding gently with 400 grit sandpaper before doing the final coat. Next, seal the body of desk with two coats of Matte Sealer.
Step 6 - Time For A Custom Glaze
Create a custom Glaze using one part Glazed Over, 1 part Hazel Mahogany Gel Stain and a splash of water. Apply the glaze with an artist brush in sections where there was moulding on body of desk. Let the glaze sit for a few seconds then wipe back with a lint free cloth. To remove more add some water to cloth.
Final Step - Let it dry and Enjoy The Bragging Rights!