Use your foam roller to apply Bauhaus Buff to your piece. You want to do two nice coats and allow it to dry one hour.
Step 2: Flood Your Surface
Use water and a sponge brush to flood your surface.
Step 3: Mix Up & Apply Your Glaze
Mix one part Glazed Over, one part water, and one part Serengeti Gray. It will be a thin consistency. Be sure your surface is wet and take your chip brush into your glaze. Use a flat motion and glide your brush along your surface.
After you have covered a good amount of the area you are working on, take a second chip brush and knock them together to create splatters. This adds to the stone-like effect.
Take a dry chip brush and pull it along your surface.
Step 4: Create A New Tool
Take some plain newsprint paper and create an accordion shape.
Lay down your paper in a horizontal fashion. Press it down and lift it up, you can only use your paper a few times so it doesn't become a positive tool.
Step 5: Add more water
Take your chip brush and dip it in water. Create droplets across your surface with the brush by hitting it against another brush.
Step 6: Finish It Off
Finish off your board with Bright Idea Lacquer for a high gloss finish.
Create a textured, layered, custom colored finish with me today! This finish will work on a piece of furniture with a factory finish or wood. I want to show you how to create custom colors with the Milk Paint, you will love it.
We are going to use Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint as a base. You can paint this over a factory finish! Let this paint dry before going to the next step.
Step 2: Your First Layer Of Your Milk Paint Custom Color
Take your Tuscany In The Summer Milk Paint and mix it with Loire Earth Pigment Powder in their dry form to get your custom color. Add water to get your Milk Paint ready - you want to mix 1 part water to 1 part paint. It will be thin!
Pounce and spread your Milk Paint onto your piece. There is no rhyme or reason for how to paint it, but you don't want a lot of bubbles. Let your paint dry.
Step 3: Cracked Gesso
The Cracked Gesso will crack the Milk Paint. Mix one part Cracked Gesso to one part water (preferable lukewarm). I used 1/2 a cup of each, it will be the consistency of a thin sour cream. Take a chip brush, load it up, and pain the Cracked Gesso onto the piece. You want to pounce it on because that will add more texture.
Step 4: Your Second Custom Milk Paint Color
Mix 3 parts Amalfi Coast Milk Paint and 1/2 part of Noir Milk Paint. You want to mix them in their dry form and then add 1 part water to 1 part paint.
Paint your milk paint onto your piece with a chip brush. Let it dry 15-20 minutes.
Step 5: Time To Antique!
Take your Antiquing Glaze and a sponge - do one pass of the glaze over your piece. Let it set for a few seconds.
Now that the paint is ready to start lifting, take more glaze and pulling the paint.
If you take too much off - just take your finger, dip it in your milk paint, and re-add it to your piece.
Create a true Venetian finish with me! We're going to be using a NEW stencil that you will love. Watch and learn how you can color Venetian Plaster and use this finish on door halos, furniture, and so much more.
Step 1: Prepare Your Surface
Start this finish on raw wood or if it's on an existing piece, clean it with Clean Slate and paint with a coat of Bauhaus Buff One Step Paint.
Step 2: Mix Your Plaster & Milk Paint
Mix three parts Venetian Plaster and mix one part Riviera Blue Milk Paint. It's best to mix these when they are in their dry form. Add a little bit of water to your mixture, you are looking for a sour cream consistency.
Step 3: Apply Your Mixture
Apply the mixture to your piece with a trough. Apply this in sections and let it dry naturally.
Step 4: Mix & Apply Your Next Layer
Mix Amalfi Coast and Riviera Blue, I added a tinge of Noir Milk Paint too!
Take a sea sponge and using the most open part of the sponge, agitate your paint. Work in organic patterns and pounce the paint on. You will want to keep cleaning your sponge as you continue on your various sections. Once you are happy with the gradation, let it dry or hit it with a hairdryer.
Step 5: Distress
After your piece has dried, you want to burnish and distress your piece with your trough.
Step 6: Stencil Time!
Use our new Classic Borders Mesh Stencil and pick your favorite design. Cut out whichever part you want to use. Use whichever ChalkArt color you like and spread it through the Mesh Stencil. You could also gild this or use whatever color you like.
Apply the size all over your surface. Allow it to dry 8-10 minutes so that the size comes to tack.
Step 2: Lay down your leaf
After your size has come to tack, lay your gold leaf down on top of it. As you lay the sheets of gold leaf down you want to burnish the leaf. Pressing down on it and making sure it's sticking to the size. You want to be sure to overlap your leaf, not butt them up against each other. The more you burnish each piece, the prettier it will be!
Step 3: Brush Away
Take a chip brush and brush in the direction the gold leaf is going. You want to brush and leave any rolled up edges - that is very desirable. The goal is to get excess leaf off.
Step 4: Gel Stain
Take our Gel Stain - we used Auburn Mahogany and cover your piece 100% in the gel stain. You do want it to be fairly thick.
Step 5: Create Your Tool With An Eraser!
Take a Magic Rub Eraser and an Exacto or pairing knife. Take the knife and start cutting into the eraser at an angle. You will want to cut different designs into different edges of the eraser so you can create various looks.
Step 6: Use Your Tool
Take your tool and start laying it across the Gel Stain at a 45 degree angle. You may want to squiggle it along just a bit to create the cool ripple effect. Clean your eraser after each pass and then change the side of your eraser to get different looks!
Finish It Off
After your design has dried, seal it with a layer of Bright Idea Lacquer. Then take your Gel Stain and make a glaze of one part gel stain and one part water. Apply that all over your design, then pat it away. Seal that with another layer of Bright Idea Lacquer and you will be enjoying the bragging rights!
You can use a natural bristle brush or sponge brush to apply your Gel Stain. Let your stain dry. If your piece is already stained you can skip this step.
Apply Your Cerusing Wax
Note that you will want to do this step in sections so the wax does not dry
The Cerusing Wax will be applied very heavy, you will want to let it come to tack (wait about 3-4 minutes). Apply your Cerusing Wax with a chip brush, you will NOT want to use a synthetic brush.
Apply the Cerusing Wax on HEAVY using a pouncing motion. You will want the whole piece to be covered. After it is completely covered, take a new, clean brush and start brushing over the wax. Brush back and forth barely touching so you create the RH look.
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Follow along today as Amy teaches you how to achieve this cracked and grody furniture finish. It's perfect for consoles, nightstands, and all textured pieces. You'll have so much fun Getting This Look!
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English Walnut Gel Stain
One Step Paint (Bauhaus Buff, Atelier, Good Man Is Hard To Find)
Dust of Ages
Start With Stain
If you already have a stained piece, just clean it with Clean Slate. Amy used English Walnut Gel Stain and applied it with a rag. Allow to dry one hour.
Apply Cracked Patina
If you apply this on thick - your cracks will be thicker. If you apply it thinly then you will have thin cracks. Add a little water to your Cracked Patina to thin it up for this finish. Apply with a sponge or chip brush. Be sure to fully cover the carvings of your piece and you don't have any holidays. It's going to be shiny - this is how you know you have it everywhere. Let it dry for one hour.
Time To Paint
We are using Bauhaus Buff today and applying it with a Chip Brush. You want to work fairly quickly here because when you start painting the Cracked Patina will start to activate. Always start in the top left corner and down as quickly as you can. The first color will take off the most. You will see the paint start to crack.
Using Your Hands
Time to use your hands for this finish! Start with pressing your fingers into the paint and removing some of the paint. You want to be very strategic with your placement and that you are taking off the most this first time. Be careful to not make your hands a positive tool, you will want to occasionally wipe them. Lightly sand once dried with 220 grit.
Second Coat Of Cracked Patina
Apply a second coat of Cracked Patina.
Apply Your Second Paint Color & Lift
We used Atelier for our second color. Apply it starting at the top and working your way across fairly quickly. Let the paint dry and come to tack. You will see the sheen go away and know it's time to lift! Make sure your hands are completely dry and then start lifting the paint. Lightly sand once dried.
One Last Layer!
Add another layer of Cracked Patina and let it dry about 45 mins to an hour. Apply a coat of Good Man Is Hard To Find One Step quickly to your piece. Let it come to tack. Let this dry completely and then sand! You want your finish to feel as good as it looks.
Time To Seal
You want to seal with Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of Ages. Load up your Chip Brush with Light Wax, offload, and apply all over the piece making sure you get in the crevices too. Apply some Dark Wax around the edges and a little on the piece. Allow this to come to tack and it's time for Dust of Ages. Your wax will be cool to the touch when it's ready and not greasy. Pounce your Dust of Ages on to the piece. Then take a lint free rag and buff your piece with the dust.
Milk Paint is so diverse! Watch this and learn all the different finishes you can create with Milk Paint. Watch as Amy takes you through how to use Antiquing Glaze, Milk Paint Binder, Furniture Tonic, Matte Sealer and more!
You only want to make enough for your project. It is one part Gesso and one part water. We suggest straining this with cheese cloth.
Apply Your Gesso
Apply with an Artist Brush or Sponge Brush. Keep moving the brush around and load it up over the whole piece. Let it dry for 30 minutes. After it has dried, lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper. Be sure to dust it after you sand. You want to do another coat if you want it that much more chippy.
Mix Your Milk Paints
Amy mixed 2 parts Amalfi Coast and 1 part Noir Milk Paint. Add your water - 1 part water and 1 part Milk Paint. Do not make this too thick! Continue agitating the paint and mixing as you are painting.
Paint With Your Milk Paint
Cover the entire piece with your Milk Paint mixture.
Apply your Antiquing Glaze with a sea sponge to your piece. Let it dry completely!
Time To Gild
Use Frankly Scarlet One Step Paint and roll it on to your piece with an artist brush to add detail. Then take your Gilding Size and dip your brush in, offload, and roll it on to your piece. Let your size come to tack. Lay your gold leaf down and burnish it. The more you burnish it the prettier your leaf will be! Burnish it by rubbing it with your hands. Take a chip brush and rub off the gold leaf. Take some steel wool to your piece to blend everything together.
Let your piece dry completely. Apply your Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of Ages.
What is glazing and how can I use it on my furniture? Watch Amy's video and follow the steps below to learn about this technique. Glazing is so great because you get a beautiful finish and you don't need to seal it with wax!
Start By Painting Your Board With The One Step Paint Of Your Choice
Mix Your Glaze
One part Glazed Over, One part Paint, One part Water
Use a sponge brush to apply your glaze to a small section of your furniture
Bunch up a lint-free rag and pat your glaze
To Add Something Extra - Apply A Mesh Stencil To Your Finish
We used the A Makers' Studio Motif Stencil
We used Gold ChalkArt to take it to the next level
Amy showed you a number of color options in this video - check them out below!
Italian Silver With Palace Gray Glaze
Vintage Affliction With Kensington Black Gel Stain
Shaw Red With Kensington Black Gel Stain
Bauhaus Buff With Ambala Blue Glaze
English Boxwood With A Glaze Made Of More English Boxwood, Glazed Over, and a Tablespoon of Kensington Black Gel Stain