Chidi has been playing again! As she created our new Autumnal window display for the East Village location, she decided to share her vision and steps for those of you who want a fun DIY project this long holiday weekend. Read Chidi’s tutorial below for more information and as always, come visit us for live complimentary Chalk Paint® demos. We have two locations to best serve our creative community: 182 Glenridge Ave in Montclair (NJ) and 122 E. 7th Street New York City (East Village). We are locally owned and operated – a true mom & pop shop – and we appreciate your support as we follow our dreams. <3, Azie
Faux Finishes Turned Crafty
Up until going official Chalk Paint® training class, I hadn’t fully read through every project in Annie’s Quick & Easy Paint Transformations book although I had curiously skimmed through the pictures for inspiration. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we spent the session doing–going through some of the cores of Annie’s techniques, and replicating them essentially just as Annie would instruct. My favorite finish hands down, just because of how the overall look seemed not only so stunning (and really hard to accomplish!), was the chapter on the Rustic Seaside Chairs (pg. 18-19). In terms of presentation, it was a surprising way to go about a two-tone distress.
As with any Two-Tone Distress, the main objective is to build contrast through the use of color. Annie uses Old White as her base color but in my example, I pushed it a little bit further with a layering of Barcelona Orange and Arles (separately applied). Regardless of your color choice, the layering of the paint in a thickly stippled (think: stabbing) motion will give the piece more interest. In this case, having peaks in your paint is totally okay! I essentially stippled on Barcelona, allowed it to dry and then where there wasn’t enough texture, I went in with Arles and did some stippling. If you want to achieve the same gradient, whatever your second color is, it doesn’t needed to be as thoroughly applied as your first coat.
The peaking of paint allows you to distress down on your top coat to reveal the speckled patterned beneath so don’t hesitate to build on a second coat of your base color in that stabbing motion, even if you don’t want a gradient.
Note: The paint will take a bit longer to dry since it is applied thicker. Instead of the awesome 15-minute dry time we are used to, consider giving at least half an hour’s buffer between coats. Also, it’s helpful to make sure you’re using a dry brush. Damp brushes give smoother outcomes.
When your base coats are completely bone dry, paint over it with your top color – aiming for liberal coverage, but not for texture. Allow to dry then apply a coat of wax as usual. After wiping off the wax, take a fine grit sand paper or sanding block, lightly to the surface of your project, and wear down the peaks where the paint had created texture and enjoy the reveal! Finish up with another light coat of wax.
When aiming to transition into fall with Chalk Paint®, I made the Rustic Seaside Chairs tutorial into a cool, rustic fall sign.
To do this, I hand-painted the word, Autumn on the center in Primer Red, and then stenciled Oak Leaves to frame it. Viola!
Whether for crafting or for redesigning home décor, Chalk Paint ® is absolutely perfect. And as an extra bonus, textured looks allow you probably more than most finishes, to get your frustrations out through stabbing at a piece with your brush. 😉