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.
1. If you're starting with raw wood you will want to stain it. Amy used English Walnut Gel Stain, apply it with the grain and liberally everywhere. Then lightly wipe it off with a lint free rag, be sure you don't have any streaks. Gel Stain will take about 30 minutes to dry on raw wood.
2. Now it's time for Cracked Gesso! Cracked Gesso is the key and allows us to get this gorgeous finish. You will want to mix the Gesso with water, you are looking for a consistency similar to thin sour cream or pancake batter. Amy took 2 hearty spoonfuls and mixed it with tap water. Be sure to stir the granules very well. The more cracks you want, the more Gesso you want to put on.
3. Apply your Gesso with a chip brush, going with the grain. Be sure to get the Gesso all over the piece. Lighten up your touch as you are going over the piece, this way you will avoid brush strokes. Allow this to dry for 30-40 minutes. Now sand your Gesso with 220 grit sandpaper before your next coat, sand with the grain. There will be residue coming up, this is what we want! Apply your second coat of Cracked Gesso, let it dry, and sand.
4. Time to mix your Milk Paint. You want this to be much thinner than your Gesso, we will do a 1:1 ratio of Milk Paint and water. The Milk Paint will be runny, this is perfect! Take your Chip Brush and apply the Milk Paint over your Cracked Gesso, 100% coverage. Let your Milk Paint dry.
5. Take your Antiquing Glaze and get two cups, one that is water and one that is Antiquing Glaze. Amy cut her Antiquing Glaze with a little bit of water for this project. Take your sea sponge and dip it in your water, then dip it in your Antiquing Glaze. Start pouncing your sponge on your piece and work in sections, work in organic sections. Wet the entire section with your Glaze. Put your sponge in your water to clean it, dip in the Antiquing Glaze and do another pass. Pat with a lint-free rag so you can see how the paint is being pulled. Add more glaze to areas where you want the paint to be pulled more.
6. If too much product came off when you were Antiquing, easily fix it with your Milk Paint! Use the side of your chip brush to re-apply. Let this dry for 15 minutes.
7. Take your Light Wax and Chip Brush, load up your brush and offload. Lightly apply the wax here and there. You do not want heavy coverage. Take your Dark Wax on a different brush, load it up and offload. Come around the edges of your piece and dust the wax then fan it into the center.
8. Sprinkle some Dust of Ages onto your piece and work it into the finish with a Chip Brush. Then buff it with a lint-free rag, in the same direction as how you painted and antiqued the piece.
1. Begin by cleaning the vase using a lint free cloth and Clean Slate.
2. Then use your Nylon Brush to apply one coat of Toscana Sage One Step Paint.
3. Once dry, use a Chip Brush to apply a thin layer of Cracked Patina, making sure the entire surface is covered but that it is not too thick anywhere.
4. Let that dry and then use another Chip Brush to apply a layer of Parisian Gray. Be sure to go over the surface only once or twice and no more. You want to avoid holidays yet not go over an area too much or leave it too thick. If working with a larger vase, work in sections.
5. Once the paint begins to crack, use a clean Chip Brush on its side to begin moving and lifting off the paint.
6. Next, go back with your fingers to further manipulate the textured surface.
7. Allow to dry and then use a fine sandpaper to smooth any rough spots.
8. Now repeat steps 3-7 using the last paint color, Serengeti Gray.
9. Once dry, use a Chip Brush to apply the Light Antiquing Wax.
10. Then, once the wax has come to tack, apply the Dust of Ages allowing it to sit on the wax as the wax completely hardens. After that you can gently remove the excess dust.