Friday, April 4, 2008

~ How-To, Painting Furniture & Cabinets, Antique White Glazed Finish

You can see a another post showing an antiqued white finish

The pictures in this post are from a few years ago.
I'll update the post, pictures and tutorial soon.
The technique is simple, and mostly the same
but I don't use burnt sienna in my glaze
very often and more.

I love paint. One of my earliest memories is being 4 years old in kindergarten and painting at an easel. Paint and fairy tales, the perfect combo for a very young artist-to-be. Although I began art with paper, canvas, paints, etc., the usual things, furniture and wood soon followed.
(The final tips and how-to is at the end of the post. )

One thing I've been asked over the years is tips on painting things white for that aged, cottage, shabby chic look. It's actually very easy even though you see it done poorly sometimes. That is only because it takes a little bit of practice to control it so that it looks like it happened over time, on its own. Just don't give up if it isn't what you think is perfect right away. We all start out learning how to make it work.

Sometimes you want the glazing/antiquing to be very light, and then sometimes heavier. You might even want some parts the same piece to have more glaze than other parts.

This picture is of the canopy over the kitchen sink. Sweet Hubby built it for me. Like our other projects, I drew out what I wanted, shopped for the wood, plaster elements and moldings, and he did the carpentry work for me. Then I painted it.

The close-up lets you see that the canopy was painted with a few different techniques. I used a cotton t-shirt, brushes, my fingers, very small artists' brushes, sponge brushes, and most likely the kitchen sink for water.
This part is all wood, except for the grapes. I used a stencil to make an embossed/raised grapes pattern, then after it was dry, I used air dry clay to make each of the grapes so they could be more rounded and dimensional.

I love the look of antiqued rope molding. It's a lot of work to get it just right, but worth it. You go back and forth with the glaze and white paint, dry brushing until you like it.

At first you paint it all white, then take a small brush and paint around each of the rope sections. Sometimes I glaze go over the whole thing, letting the glaze settle in the cracks. You then wipe it off the top areas, before it dries, with a damp cotton cloth. When it is totally dry go back over just the highest areas with this dry brush technique. Load your brush or sponge brush lightly with white, brush it on a paper towel or piece of cloth to remove most of the paint, then go over the top sections of the molding or painted piece you want to highlight.

Sometimes you might find something that is already white that like the shape or price. Not old at all, but quite new. These usually look kind of cheap and often aren't real wood. This wall unit was built by starting with 2 storage pieces from Target. They had glass doors and drawers, and it was just so much easier to use them than to find something old.

This time I used a "lighter hand" with the antique glazing to give just a touch of age. This is excellent for doing a glaze on white cabinets in kitchens or bathrooms, and of course furniture like end tables, etc. You probably don't want a heavy glaze on those. Just a light touch, like you would see on good cabinets that you would purchase already glazed.

I used only a small artist brush with a combination of raw umber and a touch of burnt sienna for the glaze. Lowe's has some nice glazes that are already mixed. You can also find small bottles at the craft store if you don't want to try to mix your own. Glaze is usually 3 parts glaze (or you can try just water) to 1 part paint if you are mixing your own. Glaze dries more slowly, but water will also work.
Here you can see that the furniture pieces were left the white, and then I took a small artist's brush and painted my glaze along the lines and crevices that would have accumulated dust and wear over the years if it had been old. You can't draw a straight line??? Neither can I. Keep a damp cloth with you, after you paint the glaze on, take the cloth around you index finger, keep it at an angle towards you (in this picture you would be pointing your finger towards the right with you on the left side) and wipe off the excess. It gives you a pretty even line.
The top areas, rope molding and corbels have a slightly heavier glaze application.

It really is so easy after you tackle a couple of projects, you'll be an expert!
  1. Sand lightly and use a tack cloth to remove any dust. Don't strip it if you are going to paint anyway and you want it to look old.
  2. Prime. I love Kilz spray paint. It comes in a can as well. If your piece is already white you might be able to skip the priming. Patch any holes or places that you need to now, and sand smooth.
  3. Again I love to spray. My favorite spray paint is Krylon, Dries in 12 mins. (maybe 10..something like that) Let it dry longer! Let it sit and really dry because you are going to be doing a wet technique on it. You can also brush on your paint. I like the foam rollers for any area I can paint with them. They give a nice finish.
  4. Brush on your glaze. (Glaze sold as tinted or clear, and you add your own umbers, taupes or siennas to it. I like the gallon can of clear at Lowe's, or the Mocha one by Decorative Effects, Valspar, also at Lowe's. Home Depot has the Behr brand.) The glaze is mixed 1 part glaze to 3 parts paint if you mix your own. Just adjust the amount of color you want by adding more glaze (less saturation of color) or more paint (more color and saturation.) Keep that damp cloth nearby and fresh clean water. As you brush the glaze on the piece, you will be taking it off as well with the damp cloth. This is how you control the amount of antiquing you do. I actually only paint on the areas that are recessed, leaving the white, cream color as is.
  5. You might want to do a little sanding, just be sure you let it sit and dry very well. Otherwise the paint will peel rather than just look sanded.
Have Fun!

See Y'all Soon~
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  1. Absolutely fabulous!!! I cannot believe that unit started from Target pieces!! I love the canopy over your window! My husband would love to build on my specs for things but unless we get our garage cleaned he can't get to his tools. sad I know!
    You are such an inspiration!!
    Hey, maybe you can walk around your home with a video camera - yea, a tour! heehee

  2. Love the work. I really love your kitchen area. That's the style I'm going for in my kitchen. You have inspired me to continue on:-).

    Thanks for sharing your techniques.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Love the canopy!! It's so great!
    I thought I was the only crazy painter doing all that stuff. It's nice to know I have company.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Wow, I adore your kitchen canopy over the sink. So beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing your tips.



  5. I love the canopy, so pretty. It really looks aged & beautiful. Hugs***Renea

  6. Grrrrr.... easy for you to say !!! My talent for painting is all in my heart, I feel it... just can't quite get it down on

    Such a lovely job Donna, I love seeing your nooks & crannies. You're so talented.

    Kathy :)

  7. I always love it when you post pictures of your home - it always inspires me! Thanks for sharing your how to antique technique!


  8. I don't even know what to say, I am so amazed at what you (and your husband) have done! You are so talented. You are inspirational and very generous with your tips. :-) Rosie

  9. =^..^= Donna your timing is perfect!

    I just was given an ugly old bookcase ::ewwww:: that truely needs help. I took one look and knew what I wanted but had no idea how to do it.

    . ::POOF::MAGIC:: .

    Your post appears. Wow.
    And I must say I am right there with, Lisa on the video house tour ::grin:: Now that would be really ::magical:: like a fairytale come true!

    =^..^= love, zU

  10. you always have the bestest ideas..i have missed you...r

  11. I really enjoyed your photos of your kitchen. Thanks for posting about all the how to's. I'm planning on painting my kitchen cabinets soon. I just finished putting up some beadboard and priming the kitchen. I asked a Lowe's employee about the whole glaze thing and got no where. I'll be tackling my laundry area next. Thank you again!! Blessings, Heidi

  12. What vision and talent you and your hubby have! Incredible!

  13. What great instructions. Thanks for sharing the technique. xoRAchel

  14. I love teh canopy idea! I am going to have to bug my hubby to do the same thing!
    Jen R

  15. Your home is a treasure trove of inspiration, wonderful ideas and
    flat out gorgeous-ness. I am not sure if gorgeous-ness is a real word but if not, it should be just to describe your home!
    And your husband is fantastic! The two of you together make the perfect design team!

    Thank you for all of these ideas. You are a wonder!


  16. What great ideas and tips! You are so lucky to have a hubby who can make what your envision! It would make life so much easier!

    Thanks for sharing all your secrets, you do beautiful work!


  17. what wonderful ideas! I can't wait to try them. thank you for the tips.

  18. I am adding you to my blog list, I love your blog! Wonderful of you to share with us all, thank you so much! Blessings on your daughters house hunt, my son bought his first house at 21 after a ton of looking and inspections! He has a wonderful 1966 ranch home with hardwood floors, very nice! I will say a prayer for you to find the "right" fit...
    Donna Lynn

  19. I am speechless, this is so Awesome. I love the canopy, just love it. I showed my hubby and i think he got nervous. (lol) Don't think i could do it anyways. and the book cases are fab too... mishelle

  20. I want to know who did the painting between the Target bookcases? Beautiful...

  21. could you tell me exactly what i need to purchase list style to paint my kitchen cabinets in shabby white? I'm a list maker so i don't leave out anything. please include brushes,paint color ,glaze color, ect. thanks!

  22. Because of your inspiration I tackled our very boring-worlds cheapest kitchen cabinets this past summer. Sharing pics with you would be wonderful except I'm uncertain how. I have a google account but not the blog part. One tip: If you apply glaze covering an entire piece of wood, the glaze sinks into the natural wood grain and will have a western appearance. That style didn't suit my tastes and I ended up starting over. Painting, applying glaze on top of wet paint, then smearing had a nice effect. It was fun. One day I'll attempt something similar to your kitchen canopy.

  23. I love the canopy, so pretty. It really looks aged & beautiful. Hugs***Renea

  24. Thanks for all the great tips! I've linked this over at my blog!

  25. Wow, this is amazing. I love the canopy over the sink. I will definitely have to give this a try! Great post.

  26. Gorgeousness to the millionith degree! that a word? But goodness gracious! Your home is just beauty beyond words. Thank you for the wonderful tips. I have never attempted to spray paint because I fear the running of the paint. However, it sure sounds a lot faster and easier than painting with a brush.



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