The Perfect Paint Finish for all Styles of Decor

 

Learn to create a professional touch! 

Learn to create a professional touch! 

After getting overwhelmed with emails and messages from Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook from people wanting to know the secret behind my biggest selling paint finish... I am so stinkin excited to finally be able to now ofer the online furniture and home Decor painting workshop! Woohoo!!!

Here I teach you step-by-step,  my most popular paint finish I offer in house to date. But before I show you how to get the link I just want to go into a little more detail about WHY this is "THE" perfect paint finish for anyone out there no matter if you are a professional painter that is flipping furniture for profit or even the DIYer looking for a fresh new finish to incorporate into your very own home.

This my friends is "the go to paint finish" that I myself use anytime I have a piece that has a good amount of damage to it or that boring piece that needs a little something extra to give it a special custom touch-you will be shocked to see the "before" of one of the tables!

Paint like a pro

Paint like a pro

This paint finish may take just a few extra steps but as you can see it is every bit worth it. Rich layers of color mixed with a specially applied application that gives it its unique depth and rich luster!

I hope you enjoy this special online workshop and have as much success and fun with it as I've had! And be sure to watch the sneak-peek trailer of this fun exciting video below too!

 

Find the direct worshop link here! 

http://www.girlupcycledstudio.com/painting-classes/paint-texturize-like-a-pro

 

Amazing Grace

Introducing "

Grace

", I don't know how much you know about this lovely girl but the word out on the street is that she is just simply "Amazing!".

This old tattered and scuffed up piece took inspiration from the classic favorite hymn "amazing grace". 

I had found some very old hymn books at a local garage sale where a lovely family of Mennonites lived, their children gathered and eagerly helped me with all my items out to the car and curiously asked what I would do with the items-as I told them of my plans on how I would use the sheet music from the hymn books, all of their eyes just lit up with excitement! I knew I had to make this piece extra special in the spirit of those children-and so begins this journey.

I always like to do any sanding thats needed first, so out came my my handy dandy rotary sander for this job and i must say it finished up pretty quickly.

Next I chose my colors, in this case I'm using General Finishes "Halcyon Blue" along with "Millstone". The colors turned out absolutely beautiful and the application was just smooth, silky and leveled out wonderfully! 

(No, I do not sell paint, I like to try out various brands and use them accordingly, I also like to mix my own colors and styles so ... that was purely an unbiased opinion and is "just my own opinion", you should always use what you personally like and are comfortable with).

I love the contrast of crisp clean paint along with richly stained wood so next 

I made sure the counter was free of any dust and then chose General Finishes "Java Gel Stain" to use as the finish.

I applied it in a nice even coat with just a simple foam brush in a open and ventilated area.

Next, use a clean rag or T-shirt to wipe off any excess stain making sure you are working in the same direction of the grain.

What an absolutely lovely rich finish that Java Gel gave! I couldn't be happier!

Now for the "artsy fartsy" part! I Decoupaged the sheet music to the top drawer and the cabinet panels with Mod Podge. I like to kinda lay out my random design first as shown above.

Next, brush on a thin even layer of Mod Podge working in small areas. Use a soft cloth to wipe and smooth out any bumps or air holes you may see until the pages are glued flat.

After it dries, I like to take a small piece of fine sand paper -sanding off or away from the edges for a crisp clean line finish.

Edges are now smooth and have a finished look, I am ready to do a little artwork as the hymn pages serve as the perfect canvas for this!

I chose to use some of the words from the classic favorite hymn "Amazing Grace" (also I made sure I decoupage the Amazing Grace sheet music front and center). 

In keeping the thought and the spirit if those sweet children in mind I decided to keep the artwork light, cheerful and whimsical. You can get soo many ideas for your furniture work by learning about artistic techniques and taking art classes, this will always help give you fresh ideas that you can incorporate or translate into your home decor or furniture pieces.

When the artwork was finished, I applied a couple of layers of the Mod Podge over the painted artwork, make sure you sand between each coat to smooth over any page edges that are rough.

And the en end result is a sweet fresh updated "One-Of-A-King" finish that is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face!

"How Sweet The Sound"

"Once Lost"

"Now Found"

I hope you had fun with me on this project, I love to interact with all of you and would love to hear about your one of a kind projects that you have done, or maybe even some products you have used to get a specific look or texture, I'm always looking to learn about great new techniques -so don't be shy, stop by my blog or any of my socials and say hi!

-Until next time, keep those creative ideas flowin' and those brushes wet!