Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paint, Antique Glaze, and Stain (My Friends)

Last week when I showed the wooden bowl makeover from Goodwill, I had a couple of people ask about paint and antiquing glaze. I know I'm always curious when I see others paint and distress. I wonder what color they used, what type it is, the method they used to distress, I thought there might be more people out there interested. If not, at least these two people can see it! :)

I actually tend to use whatever I have on hand when it comes to paint. We have used plenty of the custom mixed barn red/burgundy paint that we used on our back door and stepback cupboard. I have also used the color we painted our dining room (because we had it on hand). But usually when I sit down to work on a crafting project, I pull out the little bottles of craft paint that you can purchase in Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even Walmart. Personally, I tend to find more colors I like in the Americana or Folk Art Brand, but I also use some of the Apple Barrel ones too. Most of these are about $1.00 a bottle (but this is a small bottle).

Someone asked about the color I used on this bowl. I used Americana brand called Heritage Brick.

I use a combination of two different brushes. I use a regular brush and then the sponge type brush. If I want to see brush strokes or go lightly over something, I use the bristle type brush. Most often, I use the sponge type. I find I can control how heavy or light I want with it fairly easily.

This bowl, after having about 3 coats of paint (because I was painting over that fruit, remember?), was distressed with antiquing glaze. I love this glaze. It tones down colors and makes them more muted, which I think makes them look even richer, yet prim.

We buy it at Lowes and if I remember correctly, it is only about $6 to $8 a bottle. And believe me, this stuff goes a long ways! We have done many projects that include many pieces of furniture, walls, and small crafts and this is only the second bottle (maybe third) that we've used. It is made by Valspar and called Antiquing Glaze:

To apply it, use the bristle type brush shown above. You may dilute it half and half water to glaze. If I'm working on a small craft project, I just get out a couple of Tbsp. and then add that same amount of water. However, if I am working with a dark color, I don't dilute it at all. I use it full strength, or if I want a really distressed look, I do the same.

The trick to this is to put it on the very tip of your brush and use light strokes of the wrist, back and forth.

This is a surprise project that I'll show you in a couple of days when I can bring it in. Jason was working on this one and I was photographing.

Here he even let Joy do it. See how simple it is? I hope this helps. If I didn't make something clear or you have more questions, email me or leave it on a comment and I'll try to make it clearer!


Another project I tackled yesterday was this old window frame that hangs above my couch. Here's what it looked like. You may remember seeing it from a previous post. (Remember you can click on the picture to view it up can see just how white it seems when you look closer).

It was really "bugging" me that it was so white, even though it had a little dark distressing here and there. So....again, I used what I had on hand. I didn't want to use the antiquing glaze here because I didn't want it to still look white distressed. I really wanted to alter the color a little. So, I pulled out all of our stains and ended up deciding on the Mini Wax Red Oak. I rubbed it on with a rag over the entire it two coats. This is how it looks now!

I just love it so much better! It doesn't look so stark against my walls. It seemed to instantly cozy up that spot behind the couch. It coordinates much better with my couch now, toning down the white and making the muted color that fits in much better! If I could just add some things that are in my mind's eye now and make some prim changes, it will look even better. But until then, this did help out. I love that stain!


Just to show you a sneak peek at something else I'm working's what I found at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. I forgot to take a picture then. It's a great pineapple cutting board. As I'm still working on it, I'll show you the outcome in another post real soon!


And one more thing.......Patty over at Blessed Beyond, posted this wonderful Creamy Cheesey Potatoes recipe on her blog and I made it last night for supper. I have to tell you that we loved it! We had enough left over to go with our meal tonight! It is a crockpot recipe! Thanks for sharing, Patty!

And that is it for today! We're off to a field trip (during our Spring Break)! Thanks to you all for honoring me with your visits and comments! I appreciate them all! Have a great Thursday! :)

~ Tammy ~


Juanita said...

Thank you so much for sharing this technique! It is sooo much appreciated! And I am going to have to try that recipe. have a blessed day!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Great post Tammy, I too use what I have on hand...seems to work out great and I always buy the paint that you do too!

I'll be checking back to see the projects you are up to,great find with the pineapple cutting board too!

Shellmo said...

This was neat to see how you do this! I love that bowl and that frame - it looks so wonderful in your home!!

Betsy said...

Thanks for sharing what you used on your bowls. I love that red and I'm adding the antique glaze to my shopping list. Have a great day.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Hey Tammy,
I think the frame looks so much better now! It was nice before, but it did seem to be a little too stark of contraast against your wall. It looks perfect now!
And that project that your hubby is working on looks like it will be another awesome goodie! Can't wait to see it finished.
The recipe looks so good! I will have to pop over there and get a copy so we can try it. I love crock pot cooking! We had stuffed peppers last night made in the crockpot! YUM!
Have a happy day!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Thanks for sharing, it is alway good to learn new techniques. I also like your window better now, it looks like it fits the decor better.

Julie said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It was great!! Also the frame looks so good--it's amazing what a little color can do to warm things. Have a super day. Julie

The Whites said...

Thanks, Tammy. I'll have to pick up some of that glaze - I happen to be going to Lowe's today!

Your frame looks wonderful!


wrcdgc said...

Thanks for showing the picture of the glaze. I would have never thought to look for a bottle. I will be buying me some of that soon!!!! I love the window it looks great.

I'm going to check out that soup recipe. It looks yummy!

Have a great field trip.


Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing and I also like the window frame better now.
I love recipes for the crockpot.
Have a nice day.
God bless

Sara said...

I will have to look for the glaze next time I am out shopping! (Thanks for sharing!). I absolutely love the pineapple cutting board!!! I can not wait to see how it turns out!!! =)

~Judy~ said...

Tammy, the window looks so much better haging there. More your style. Thanks for sharing how you distress your bowls.

Denise said...

Thanks so much for the info! I have wanting to give the waxing a try!

Have a great day, Denise

theolde stone house said...

Thanks for all the painting and distressing tips. I too just use what's on hand. It's sometimes more fun that way.
I love how the window pane turned out.

Jamie Stroupe said...

I have recently been stopping by your blog what a wonderful job you do!!! I have been enjoying it very much!!


Kindra said...

That soup looks yummy! I love trying new recipes, and my hubby loves potato soup! Thanks for sharing your paint and grubbying up tips! It's fun to see what people use. I might have to try that red shade you use! Can't wait to see the pineapple!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

thanks for the antiquing glaze tutorial..I have it on my list..have a wonderful also going to try those potatoes..maybe for easter with our ham...yum..:)

Julie Sanchez said...

Yummy! That soup looks amazing!

miss mary said...

hi hun, can I ask you a question? Will you come to my house
= 0)
You can do all this for me, I'm craft challanged!
Love the bowl you did. wonderful.
have a great day...hugs

Down Willow Lane said...

Hi Tammy,
The frame looks lovely and I too am looking forward to seeing the cutting board finished.
Thanks again for being the first to stop by my blog.

Wendy said...

Hi Tammy I think I need to look for some of that antquing. I can't wait to see your roject it looks like a good one!!:0) Havea great day!~Wendy

UPON A HILL said...

Thank you for sharing the application. Everything turned out great. I am also headed over to get that recipe. Thanks for sharing

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love what you did with the bowl! Looks perfect. And can't wait to see the other project! The potatoes look good too, may try them!!

CozyCoops Corner said...

HI Tammy,
Your window frame looks great ~ much warmer and prim looking.
I love the cutting board you got at GW. I can't wait to see what you do with it! That recipe looks so yummy! I think I will try that one soon. Thanks for sharing your painting technique with us. Have a nice night!

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