Picked up some shutters from a rummage sale? AHAH Contributor, REVIVE by Heidi, is here to show you how to transform them! She calls these shutters, Ava and Ella.
Step 1 - Clean
Step 2 - Base Color
Paint a base layer of Credenza One Step Paint
. After drying, I added one more coat. Be sure to lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper between coats for an extra smooth finish.
Step 3 - Add Texture
Apply two coats of Cracked Gesso
with a natural bristle chip brush. Be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next.
Step 4 – Layer Milk Paint
Step 5 – Antique
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.
Enjoy The Bragging Rights!!