And she said… “Duck Egg Blue & Old White! Please! With a little gilding wax to add some flare.” LOL
Step 3: Painting
So that’s what I decided to do to this piece, paint the majority of the piece Duck Egg Blue with the detail work, Old White. Add some clear/dark wax, distress just a little, then just a touch of gilding wax to the handles for some finishing touches.
When painting on the Duck Egg Blue, I used quick strokes to allow some of the underlying dark wood to show through. I used my Annie Sloan medium sized paint brush to paint on the Duck Egg Blue. Next, I applied the Old White to the beautiful detail work with a small Artisan Enhancements detail brush.
I wanted to make the piece look as though it had aged naturally over time, not as if I had just painted it that way. I believe there is a definite distinction between having a piece that “looks painted” and one that looks like it has “always been that way”. I think that this technique and skill comes with practice over time. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t achieve this look on your first few attempts.
A good tip is to periodically take a step back and look at your piece to see if your achieving the look your going for. You will begin to become more familiar with your style and look as you practice, practice, practice.
Step 4: Waxing
Many people are scared of waxing. Some because they have heard horror stories from their friends, others because they weren’t instructed on how to wax properly or didn’t do their homework and had a bad personal experience. Waxing is not really difficult; like anything else, just takes practice.
I typically mix my clear and dark wax to the consistency/color that I need for the look that I am trying to achieve. This eliminates a step allowing me to save time. “SCORE!!” My time is very valuable, so anytime that I can shorten the process or eliminate steps without sacrificing the integrity of the piece, I’m in!!!
I used the small Annie Sloan wax brush to apply my mix of Annie Sloan clear and dark wax to the piece working it in to the paint all over. Some prefer to use a cloth to apply the wax, but again, I find using a cloth tedious and very time consuming… The wax brush (and I ONLY use the Annie Sloan wax brush) is the way to go!!! Did I say that I ONLY use the Annie Sloan Wax Brush?!?!?!?! LOL I typically work in small sections working side to side, up and down, then gently wipe excess away with an old t-shirt or lint free rag. Do this process all over the piece, periodically stepping back to take a look to ensure that I am consistently applying the wax in an even manner. (Sometimes I get “wax happy” and my piece gets darker as I work :())
This blog is getting rather lengthy so I’m going to break here and continue on Monday to finish up our piece. I apologize for taking so long to complete this piece, but life calls. See you soon!