Amy answers all of your burning questions about Glazing on today's Finish Friday! What is glazing? When would I use glazing? Do I have to wax after glazing? Watch today's video to get all of those questions answered.
1. Begin by cutting your foam sheet into small strips the same length as your block.
2. Then use your hot glue gun to first glue two pieces of foam together and then glue them onto your block, leaving a gap between each strip.
3. Mix 1 part water to 2 parts paint of each color.
4. Using your Foam Dome Brush, dip in each color and begin to offload using an up down motion.
5. Then, using the same up down motion, apply the paint to your homemade stamp. Try to apply the darker color (Cherborg) on one side, the lighter color (Barefoot In The Park) on the other, and then a mix of the two in the middle. This will give you an ombre effect.
6. Next, place the stamp down starting on the corner of the napkin. Apply firm pressure.
7. Carefully lift the stamp up and then repeat the steps alternating the direction of the stripes.
Amy Howard At Home Contributor, Tamara Hudson, is here to show you how to take your drab Pine table and make it fab! She uses various techniques to give the table a new life with some of the original wood peeking through.
I dry brushed a coat ofOne Step Paint in Ballet Whiteto the tabletop a couple of days after the stain was good and dry. I chose to dry brush because my client wanted some of that darker wood showing through.
I probably could have left it alone here, but it just didn't have the depth and character my client was after. So I tried adding something else. I mixed up some Cracked Gessoand painted the whole tabletop.
On this episode of Finish Friday, DIY expert Amy Howard shows you a gilding trick. She takes some of our beautiful Amy Howard At Home Gold Leaf and shows you how to add an authentic look to your pieces. Remember, you don't always have to use Gold Leaf, you can use Silver or Copper Leaf too!
Begin by wiping the exterior of the cans using a lint-free cloth and Clean Slate.
Next, fill with water and freeze overnight. (note: if you don’t want to have to hammer the bottom then fill 1 inch at a time allowing it to freeze completely as you go)
While you wait, draw or print off your design. Then use your marker to make dots along the edges giving you a guide to follow when hammering.
Next, once the water is completely frozen, wrap the tin in with your guide and tape it to hold in place.
Begin making holes using a hammer and nail, careful not to hit your fingers. You may want to do this step outside on top of a towel to prevent dinting the can.
Once done and the can is all dry, firmly grasp the can and hammer the bottom back in if it has popped out from freezing. (Skip this step if you slowly froze the water to avoid this)
Next use your Wedge Specialty Brush and One Step Paint to paint the exterior of the can. Use nice long strokes and always paint into a wet edge. Don’t worry about clogging holes, you can go back later and poke through them using your nail.
Careful when placing tea light candles in as the interior of the can may have sharp edges.
Amy's Tip: You want to make sure your Milk Paint is not too thick. You want it to drip, this will make it easier to antique! You do not want your Milk Paint to be the same consistency as One Step Paint.
Gene joins us for #FinishFriday today to teach us how to use Lacquer! You can use lacquer on ceramic tile, furniture, glass, and more. Gene gives so many great tips in this video so be sure to watch below.
Step 1 If You Are Lacquering An Existing Finish: Clean Slate
Use our Clean Slate to clean your piece and avoid bubbles!
Step 2: Prime Your Piece
Use our Furniture Lacquer Primer to seal the wood and prep your piece. This is a key step and will save you from having to use too many coats of Lacquer. Make sure to shake for 30 seconds to a minute! As you spray the primer, make sure that you spray in passes to avoid overspray. Let the primer dry 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 3: Sand
After your primer dries (the longer the better!) sand your piece. Gene recommends 320 or 400 grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand with the grain.
Step 4: Time For Lacquer
Make sure to shake up your lacquer. Keep the can 6 to 8 inches from your piece. Start by spraying closest to you and overlap your passes. Remember this is not about speed, take your time! Let it dry, we recommend an hour to two hours of drying. We used Orchid Lacquer today!
Step 5: Lightly Sand
The longer you let your piece dry before sanding the better! Use 320 or 400 grit sandpaper and sand before your next coat of lacquer. After sanding, wipe your surface with a lint-free cloth.
Step 6: Apply Your Next Coat Of Lacquer
After sanding, go ahead and apply your second coat of lacquer. Repeat this process of a coating and sanding. You want to do as many coats as you need to get coverage. Two to three coats max. You do not want to sand your final coat. However, if you want a high gloss finish...