I started out with a very weathered cabinet door that had flaking varnish. I love my projects to look aged so I didn't even sand it. I painted it with my Valspar "So Cool" paint. I purchased my paint at Do-It Center, but I am sure Lowe's probably has it too because they carry Valspar. If you cannot get that color, just use a pretty aqua colored paint. I purchased my appliques from The Bella Cottage click here for their website. FYI, during the month of May, all of their appliques are 25% off. Notice I'm using a different set of appliques than I usually do and I absolutely love them.
Next I took my French script stencils (3 inch) that I purchased on EBay from Stencils by Joanie and stenciled in my text with the warm white paint. I filled in the gaps with my liner brush to make it look like real handwriting. Then I did a little shading on the right side of each letter with Delta Cremacoat Stonewedge Green. I still haven't sanded the project yet because it is naturally flaking and is really getting a patina'd look. My last step was taking some glazing medium (I used Americana which can be found at your local craft store with the craft acrylic paints) that I mixed with Folk Art Metallic Solid Bronze. I didn't use copper because I didn't have any on hand. I mixed it up and went over the whole piece. There is one spot that it didn't stick and I'm not sure why, but I am still happy with the outcome. At this point I could have gone over it with some dark stain, but I think I'll leave well enough alone on this project and experiment again with a new board (and maybe a new applique too).
Now be sure to put a clear coat of some sort to seal in all your hard work if you decide to try this.
Thanks for visiting and I hope I have inspired you to try this technique. I LOVE the look. Thank you, A Bit O' Whimsy for your inspiration!!
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