Yes…that wild paint job above was definitely on purpose!
A few years ago I saw this piece in a show home in the Utah Parade of Homes. I have meant to re-create a similar piece ever since (the photo is crappy – it’s old).
With that as my inspiration – I came up with this technique to accomplish that dramatic weathered look.
Starting with a wood dresser that was already stained dark brown I just sanded it down to take away the glossy finish. On just the drawers I randomly gooped on Vaseline in large chunks leaving just enough wood to take the white spray paint that went on next. I covered the whole fronts of each drawer in white spray even on top of the Vaseline.
I mixed an “oops” turquoise paint color with lots of Plaster of Paris in a cup and painted a thick, but not even, layer of turquoise color over the white sprayed areas where I could see the wood was drinking in paint. Avoid the goopy petroleum jelly areas at this point if possible.
I even used “flipping” sort of motions with my saturated brush to get splattered paint spots.
Once the paint dried completely (which was fast due to the plaster in the paint and the dry sunny day) I used my five in one tool to scrape the Vaseline off. This is very messy so grab a roll of towels.
You get the idea?
Then sand so the surface is pretty smooth.
Next came some dark walnut stain. I brushed it on over the wood and paint then quickly, before it gets a chance to dry, wipe it of with a t-shirt. Immediately follow with polycryilic and continue to wipe it down and reapply polycrylic until you have the antiqued look you desire. The polycrylic is clear so it helps to dilute the stain.
The stain and polycrylic sealed the paint and toned down the brightness. They dried well together on top of the gritty, dry plaster mixer.
My husband was asking me why I wanted to scrape away so much blue paint. 🙂 Sometimes I just don’t have words or reason why I do what I do. I just have to go with the inspiration without any real explanation.
And in this case – it worked out just as I was hoping it would.