Monday, October 14, 2013

Layering, Distressing = Reloving

Veneer damage, carved out key holes and a marred, stained top were some of the scars left on this petite sized desk.

 She was old and looks like no one loved her for quite some time.  I’m never sure how I’ll transform a piece until I start to work.  The key holes had been deeply gauged and the locking mechanism was gone. I built up the holes with wood filler, deciding this would be a good location for the knobs.  I proceeded with some veneer repair, sanding, and cleaning.  By now, I have my vision. 

I’ve decided to give her some layers starting with a light coat of ASCP Old Ochre. 

You can see it is a thin coat…not intended to be full coverage.  I want some of the wood to come through.
I made sure to dry brush the legs and carved areas so that paint wouldn’t fill in the crevices.  Look at the fluting of the legs…no paint.  

The second coat was a mixture of Duck Egg, Paris Gray and Old Ochre.  Again, I didn’t apply this coat with a heavy hand.  I then distressed with 100 grit and 220 grit, depending on how rough or worn I wanted the area to look.

I applied a coat of clear wax and then some dark wax to show off the details.  I gave her a pair of crystal knobs…just to show she still has some sparkle!

I think using a few colors to layer really gave her such a lovely depth.   What technique do you use when applying multiple colors?  I’m always interested in learning from others, so I’ll hope you share!

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  1. I like the layered and worn look on this piece! It really shows off all of the details.

    1. Yes...having some interesting details makes layering an effective way to accentuate the character of the piece! :)

  2. oh my lord, this is stunning!!!!! i came by to tell you i loved the french dresser, but this stole me away! love them both, but the details on this- you did a beautiful job!!!

  3. You are really good at layering! Very pretty!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the color and the distressing. No wonder you named it "reloving"!! Love it!! *hugs* ;)

  5. So pretty. I love all those layers.

  6. excelente trabajo me encanta...¡¡¡

  7. I love how this looks old and aged. Love the colors.
    t go wrong with ASCP.