I just refinished this yesterday and couldn't wait to post the pictures. I found this barrister bookcase at a flea market last summer. I had so many opinions on whether or not I should do anything other than clean it up and leave it as is. So, it has been sitting in my studio and holding all my opened cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint TM. After much consternation I decided I could not live with it so plain any longer. Here is the"Before"
Here I have already applied my "Frilly Leaf" silhouette stencils with craft adhesive. These stencils were designed exclusively for Wood Icing (TM) by Victoria Larsens. I am using my test stencils here, but we will have them available for sale very soon. These are free form stencils, so you can build your own designs.
Here I am applying Wood Icing™ Fissure Size over the stencils to create cracks in the
Chalk Paint® decorative paint. I apply this in a random/crosshatch with a brush. Then I allow it to dry completely. This may take about an hour. Depending on the humidity. A fan will help speed things along.
Once the Fissure Size is dry to touch, I start painting over the stencils with Chalk Paint® decorative paint color Antibes Green. The paint begins to crack as it dries.
My goal here was to create a vintage looking finish and allow the wood grain to show through the design. When people see this in the store they are confused and amazed with this design. It is so fun to see them struggle to figure it out.
Here is the finished piece. I skipped the clear wax and went straight to the Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax because I really wanted this to look vintage. It shows a much brighter green in this picture, but I love it now!
I am thinking I will use it in the showroom to hold the DIY, Faux Finish and of course the
Annie Sloan project books we sell at the Wood Icing™ Gallery.