As a recap, this is how the jelly cupboard started…
It looks like wood grain, but it was actually painted brown.
I painted it in MMS Milk Paint Artissimo without the bonding agent added. The previous coat of brown paint wasn’t glossy, so I expected the milk paint to adhere pretty well. It chipped in just a few places, which was perfect.
The jelly cupboard had amazing texture on the finish and I wanted to bring that out by using two different blues and distressing. To make the distressing process easier, I rubbed the surface with our natural beeswax puck. You can use any kind of beeswax or candle wax you have on hand for this technique.
I also rubbed the edges of the piece, where the paint would naturally wear away. When using the wax puck between layers of paint, it acts as a resist. It makes it easier to control where the distressing happens as opposed to using sand paper alone. It’s sort of like the crayon & water color trick we all learned in elementary school.
I then painted it in a coat of Flow Blue. I forgot how much I love that color, since I haven’t used it in a while.
(See the start of one of our rolling walls in the background?)
I used a heavy grit sand paper (80 grit) along the edges to really pull off the paint where the wax was applied. It comes off with very little pressure. I then lightly sanded all over with a fine grit sand paper (180) to bring out the texture on the flat surfaces. I do most of my distressing by hand to avoid the swirly orbital sander marks and to have more control over the look.
I was so excited when I stepped back and took in the effect. It looks so authentic.
I then applied Antiquing Wax directly onto the paint. I wanted to mute the colors and add an instant patina. If you want a little patina, apply Furniture Wax, which is clear, first and then add Antiquing Wax on top of that. That layer of Furniture Wax will prevent the paint from being stained by the pigment in the Antiquing Wax. In this case, I wanted the color to be richer and deeper.
I spread it out with the brush and then wiped the excess away with a cotton cloth, buffing it in the process.
Do you see how layering a lighter color over the darker color creates great dimension and depth to the color? I put a light second coat of Antiquing Wax on areas that would be discolored from the oil of human hands…like around the handles and latches. It’s subtle, but contributes to the authenticity of the look.
The jelly cupboard reveal will be coming up soon, but here’s a sneak peek…
This piece sends my hear a-flutter, I tell you what.
Since the Chapel Market and look book two’s shared theme is French Blue Farmhouse White, we are painting a lot of things blue! Kriste refreshed an old wooden wagon with French Enamel…
…as well as an old wooden box that is chipping to perfection…
More blue & white goodness and makeovers to come…