Here are a couple of pieces I am tinkering with to use in the new room we are building. The one in the back is a heavy, Victorian door, or at least a partial door (laying on its side here). About the bottom 3rd has been cut off. It has a big window in it that I want to put a picture in, then hang the door over the mantel. My contractor has promised to put a strong anchor in the stone to hold it for me- this is a hefty hunk of wood.
I was so impatient to get the project started that I didn't get "before" pics. Although, I did grab my camera to snag a "during" photo.
While I have often complained about the explosion of the the chalk paint trend (to me, it is right up there with the gluten free fads that have swept the country) I do believe there is a time and place when chalk paint is a good idea. It just isn't the only paint in the world you should use ALL THE TIME.
This door is a perfect example of when chalk paint comes in handy. I wanted to dry brush over the existing finish to allow all of the bumps and alligatoring that developed over time, to show through. If I'd had to sand or prime, I could have lost a lot of that wonderful texture.
Later on, when the picture I decide upon is ready and behind the glass, I'll show the finished door.
The other piece is also a door, this one is from a shelf/cabinet thing. The door was a bit awkward to open and close because it is so wide. To get to a book off of the shelf, you'd have to step back to swing this big door wi-i-i-i-i-i-de open.
It is much better off removed from its cabinet. I'm giving the doorless shelves to my son's family and I'm going to hang the stained glass door on the wooden wall of the new room.
At first, I was going to cut off the two blank, side panels. Then, it dawned on me to look through my treasure drawer to see if I could find anything to foof those side panels up.
Between the drawer and this apothecary jar of goodies, I had enough trims and doodads to arrange and rearrange til I came up with something I liked.
There were a couple of rose garlands leftover from my kitchen cabinets.
Along with metal corner brackets, and a simple, wooden top piece. It didn't matter that I was using wood, metal, and resin, all were going to be painted after gluing down with paintable silicone. This is the perfect glue for 3D trim pieces, it fills in the gap where the two pieces meet.
See, once painted, all of the bits and doodads looked great together. And I was glad that I had left the frame large instead of cutting the window out.
Once again, I used chalk paint. But not the full price, break the bank kind. I got this from the craft store with a 40% off coupon. I've never tried the aging wax before, but thought I'd give it a shot.
In my estimation, it is much, much, much harder to control than glaze. Glaze colors can be diluted for a softer look, and have a longer working period to wipe off some of the color.
Actually, I disliked using the wax. It went on too heavy and wouldn't wipe away like my beloved glaze tones do. I ended up dry brushing more white chalk paint over the wax to lighten it back up. Now I guess I need to seal the paint again, huh?
So, in this case, a bonding primer, a coat of paint, and some glaze would have been quicker and easier than messing with the chalk paint, wax, more paint, then a topcoat.
Either way, this was a small project and one more step didn't take that long, so I'm not complaining. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Now, I need to pick a paint color for the wall it will hang on. The room is progressing!