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Thursday, June 14, 2012

French Family Crest

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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srpprcrftr said...

I am so loving that door. That's all just one stencil on the whole door? I thought maybe you'd combined stencils. Love the finish, it's outstanding. I always really like everything you do. How do you know how to distress and make things look old? I'd really love to try something like that but don't know if I could afford all those materials you've used. I'll have to think on it and see what I have and could use for a substitute.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, you're right, Maggie, that was one ugly door! You'd never know it looked like that, though, after your transformation. I love that stencil! The crown is really an eye-catcher.

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Maggie,

Beautiful! I would have never known it was once a cabinet door. I love the stencil you used and how you did the painting to get it to look aged.

Congratulations to Sally!


farmhouse-story said...

this has such a great look! love that stencil site:)

Tammy said...

Wow! You did it again! Another beautiful sign!

Nothing But Blue Skies... said...

That is gorgeous, Maggie! You are so talented!!


Linda Leyble said...

That is really lovely! I have used their stencils before and I love them too. I didn't know about this one...is it fairly new?

When you figure out how to do the blue enameled signs...let me know. I want to do that as well. I know that Benjamin Moore has a fairly new paint line that mimics a high shine lacquer (but it's water based). I have a tester of it in red that I have yet to try out. If the red looks good, perhaps I'll try the blue - will let you know!

Lovely project!


Okio B Designs said...

Ooh la la! This is gorgeous! =) Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and so glad I did. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to read through some of your older posts.


Pamela said...

Maggie your sign is perfection! I just love it. Thanx for sharing how you made it!

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! Love the graphic you used! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

I'm loving this sign!! You did a great job, you'd never know it's a replica!! Love your sight, I'm joining your followers.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Fabulous! The finish and the stencil are wonderful. Thanks for linking to the Open House party this week.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love the sign! You are so amazing, I can't believe all the great things you create.We'd love to have you link it with us, too!