Wow, the weather has been sooo nice that I was able to throw some cardboard on the ground and spray prime a few frames. ‘Cuz you know I swore I’d prime from now on…. Anyway, I had the opportunity to try out a couple more new milk paint colors from General Finishes.
I was especially eager to try the Patina Green– sounds like something vintage-y and wonderful, doesn’t it?
I only needed one coat over a gray primer. The paint is still wet in that first picture- it darkened a bit after drying. I brushed on General Finishes Pitch Black glaze, then wiped off the excess. I probably could have done the same thing by watering down their lamp black milk paint, but I already had the glaze and thought I may as well use it. Amazing how much the color changed after glazing, isn’t it?
I had an identical frame that I primed, then painted with GF Halcyon Blue. It’s a gray blue, not quite the country blue of the 80’s.
For this one, I whitewashed with watered down Snow White milk paint.
Glazing and whitewashing are much the same technique, using different colors.
I added a couple of coats of clear spray topcoat to protect the finishes.
After struggling to get the chicken wire stapled in place, I finally realized that I needed to cut it at least three inches larger than the opening in each direction. Stretching and pulling it in one direction to keep the wires tight and straight draws it up shorter in the other direction. My life may have flashed before my eyes a couple of times as I pulled and stretched and realized I needed to have cut them larger. Of course, I had already cut the wire for both frames….
Sooo, a couple of cramped hands and puncture wounds later, I was finished. Whew!
Have you ever worked with chicken wire? I have a couple of other projects I’d like to do, but not sure how to finish the edges. Any suggestions?
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