I think this finish mimics old slate stone. What do you think? Of course, it's not. It's one of my old cabinet doors from the salvage yard. This finish was super easy so I'll just get right to the point and tell you how I did it, but seriously, do you think my name is bold enough in the picture? What's up with that?
I sanded the door because it had a gloss finish that was super yucky. Then I painted it with two coats of Americana Ultra Blue Deep acrylic paint. You see, I wanted to make a look-alike blue enamel French address plaque. Just wasn't in the cards. To see the blue, look below. It's bright! I wanted to age it a bit so I took my Gold Rub n' Buff and went all around the edges to give it a border. Again, very bright. Then I took white gesso and went over the whole door working in sections and wiping it back with a paper towel. This sort of streaked it and grayed it and made it look more like slate which does have a lot of blue.
Then I took some craft glaze medium and mixed it with my black acrylic paint. I washed it around the edges and on the gold edges which were already dulled way down by the gesso wash. Then I used my new grain sack stencil by Maison de Stencils. This is one stencil, not several. I just laid it on my door and used ivory white acrylic paint but just a really light treatment. This is supposed to look like an old French plaque that's been calcified over time. Now I sprayed it with a clear flat sealer and voila it's done.
Here is the bright blue I started with. I may do some enamel copycat signs another time. I do love this blue.
Isn't this door ugly? No wonder it was ripped out and replaced. For the link to Maison de Stencils click here. They have a wonderful variety and also the best looking stencils around.
The winner of the give away for my French wreaths is Sally Puckett. Congratulations, Sally. I'll be contacting you to get your address. Thanks for leaving a comment and thanks to all of you who left comments as well.
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