We have moved so many times in the last 30+ years and it seems that our “stuff” never works the same from house to house. This print was originally framed in gold, to match the gold and brass fixtures that were already in our home in North Carolina. When we changed out the fixtures to better match our taste, the frame no longer worked. I
took it to a professional to have it reframed repainted the frame in silver and used a black glaze over it.
Now, a couple (or four) moves later, the silver/pewter/black glaze just isn’t doing it. What to do? This time, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and try Annie Sloan chalk paint (not to be confused with chalkboard paint) in Pure White.
Other painting supplies: Valspar’s Tintable Glaze and Minwax Polycrylic protective finish in satin.
After one coat of Chalk Paint:
I love the chalky white, but it washed out the detail in the frame. Time to add tinted glaze. Working on small sections at a time, I just swirled my brush around in all the crevices, then immediately wiped the excess off, especially on the raised areas of the design.
Better, but the glaze muddied up the white chalk paint. It’s recommended to use waxes to detail and finish projects with chalk paint, but I wanted to use what I had. After the glaze had dried, I went back over the frame with the chalk paint, using a dry brush technique, brushing across the raised areas of the design. After that dried, I brushed on Minwax Polycrylic finish.
The color is much better, but the satin finish is bugging me, shinier than I expected- looks plastic-y (if I make up words, I can make up how they’re spelled, right?). I’ll probably get some flat finish polycrylic- if there is such a thing- and go over it again. Show you tomorrow?