One of my very favorite things to do is to peruse vintage furniture shops and restoration stores. How I love to find pieces for my home like chippy, architectural elements and old furniture. It dawned on me, as I was looking online for a more updated clock to go over my mantel, that I was going to discard a perfectly good clock because its frame was too heavy for the decor in my room. If I would have found this clock in a second hand or vintage store I would have immediately thought of painting it and brought it home! Why do we get rid of great home goods that just need a little upscaling? Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is about keeping, rescuing and upscaling things we love with PAINT!
If you are like me, I bet you have lots of castaway home furnishings in your garage, basement and other areas of your home that could be fixed up and used in our homes!
Upscaling and recycling what we already have is not only smart… it is also creative and economical. I love when I can take a piece and breathe new life into it. It really becomes a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
I decided to save the $250.00 plus shipping and invest in a little paint and supplies that cost a whole lot less (and gave me leftover paints to use on other pieces)!
HERE’S THE BEFORE…
AND THE AFTER…
In just a few hours (mostly drying time) the mantel clock went from one I wanted to replace to one that I love love love and works with my family room! And it was easy! Once I learned the Cracked Patina painting technique it was a breeze! I’d love to show you how I transformed my clock…
- degreaser (I use Simple Green)
- Amy Howard One Step Paints in Luxe Gray and Bauhaus Buff (This paint can be found at your local Ace Hardware store.)
- Clear Wax
- small piece of cardboard (to off load wax)
- Chip brushes
- Paper Plate (to pour Cracked Patina in)
Before you do anything wash your piece to be painted with a degreaser like Simple Green and go over it with a cloth that has been dipped in water and wrung out.
Turn the paint cans upside down for about 30 minutes to mix. When you open the paint stir it until totally mixed.
Here’s how I painted my clock…
At this point a clear wax can be applies or not. Clear wax is not necessary but I think it gives the piece a nice finish. Here is the clock with the Luxe Gray Base and the Bauhaus Buff over that and the Cracked Patina.
I thought the clock needed a little “warmth” because of the warm tones in brick surround and the face of the clock so I added another layer of Linen One Step over a layer of Cracked Patina.
Here’s how I did it…. I repeated steps 2, 3 and 4 over the paint already on the clock. I used Linen One Step Paint to paint over the dried Cracked Patina.
This painting technique is a little addictive because it is so easy to do and the results are amazing!
Here’s a fabulous step-by-step tutorial on HOW TO CREATE A CRACKED PATINA done by Amy Howard… You will love this! It’s so worth watching!
I hope you will look at the wonderful things you have in your home that may look a little tired, a tad dated or worn around the edges and instead of getting rid of them think about painting them. There are so many beautiful finishes and colors and techniques you can use.
Upscaling is good for the earth and good for our pocketbooks! Painting furniture is easy to learn and keeps our creative juices flowing! Remember it’s very important to always be learning!
Let’s upscale the things we love and rescue them from the landfill! You will end up with a beautiful piece for your home that you have done yourself. And as Amy says, “ENJOY THE BRAGGING RIGHTS”!