A Quick and Simple Paint Tutorial...
Recently I shared our entryway reveal and I wanted to share one of the projects I did for the room! At a thrift store, I found this pair of reproduction prints of antique French botanicals. Love the prints, but the frames...not so much...they don't fit my decor. I used a simple paint technique which I have used on light and dark stained wood pieces in the past. Using a little standard acrylic craft paint
(a dollar or less a bottle at the craft store), I use a small amount in a container with a little added water to thin it down, so it won't dry as quickly. You can't mess this up...you are painting on a wash. I do the treatment on one side at a time to avoid the paint drying too quickly while I work.
Then using a plastic bag or balled up plastic wrap, just start dabbing and removing paint to get a look you like.
Once you've finished with the whole piece, it takes just minutes to dry. It will feel very chalky. Then I take a slightly dampened paper towel and go over the paint surface to distress it even further in spots, if I want. I let it dry again and then top coat it with acrylic sealer or decoupage medium (which is a sealer, too). I actually used a matte decoupage medium on these and they turned out beautifully. The sealer brings out the color really well...
You can see you can get many different looks with this process and it is a quick and very inexpensive technique! I have used it on furniture and other accessories in the past, as well!
These prints made a nice addition to the entryway!
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Until next time...
Posted by Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces at Wednesday, February 15, 2012