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!!!
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!
As the reaction begins to take place and cracks begin to form, use the palms of your hands to remove some of the top paint to reveal the color underneath. This is the key to your beautiful chippy finish.
Step 6: Sand
Lightly sand with 250 grit sandpaper and then 400 grit sandpaper until smooth to the touch.
Amy Howard At Home Contributor, Tamara Hudson, shows us how to create a plaid finish on a rescued table.
Step 1: Clean Up
This table was about to go to the dump but I rescued it! It was a little dirty but with some elbow grease and CLEAN SLATE she was ready to get painted.
Step 2: Base Color + Plaid
I started with One Step Paint in Italian Silver for the base color on the top inset of the table. I used One Step Paint Good Man is Hard to Findand Black for the Buffalo Check Plaid. After an entire roll of tape the plaid was DONE!
Step 3: Trim
Next, I painted 2 coats of One Step Paint Easy Street on the trim, apron, and legs of this French Provencial Beauty.
I left that dry slightly coming to "tack"...you don't want to apply the dark wax when the light wax is still slick. You want to use your ring finger to touch it and when it's tacky...it's READY.
I applied the Dark Wax in all the places that it would have naturally aged.
So stop and think about it. NEVER start your dark wax right in the middle....think about the edges where you would have pulled yourself up to the table for Sunday Dinner. The table legs from your shoe scuffs. Any corners and edges. Dark Wax is never applied 100% to the piece. I like to do 80/20 or 70/30. The Dark Wax is highlighting certain areas.
Step 5: Buff It Out
After the Dark Wax dried a bit, I used a lint-free rag to buff the entire table to a beautiful shine. You want it to come to tack too, which is usually about 30 minutes but the humidity outside can make it take a little longer. Sometimes I even wait until the next day buff. When I buff out a piece I think of a shoeshine...I literally hear that sound in my head. You want just enough pressure but not too much because it will wipe all your hard waxing work right off. Buffing the wax "sets" the wax and leaves a realistic beautiful shine.
Lay the piece flat to avoid drips and apply your Milk Paint!
Step 5: Sand
Once the Milk Paint is dry, sand the piece with 400 Grit Sandpaper.
Step 6: Pull Off Milk Paint
Use Antiquing Glaze and a seafoam sponge to pull off Milk Paint in an organic fashion. Rinse the sponge with water and repeat by dipping into the Antiquing Glaze and pulling off Milk Paint in areas where you would like to distress.
Step 7: Dry and Seal
Let the piece dry and then it's time to seal! The bottom portion of the hutch and shelves were sealed with Matte Sealerfor extra durability. The rest of the piece was sealed with Mind Your Own Beeswax with a large round chip brush.
Lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper and wipe off excess dust.
Step 6 – Apply Gold Leaf
Apply Gilding Size to the highlighted edges of the table. Allow to come to tack about 12-15 minutes. Apply Gold Leaf and burnish. Wipe away excess with hard bristle brush. Lightly sand with steel wool to dull shine and age. Don't forget to gild the hardware.