Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday on Thursday

As promised I will explain how I get my bubbly paint look on my items. Sorry it took so long, but I have been working a lot lately.

Remember this... no not the spoon the towel rack lol

Ok so I'm not into Amish kids in my home for decoration so I base coated the whole thing black. EWWWWWW look at those chewed finger nails LOL.

Yep it's black alright... yep we can see that keep going Mary... I hear ya!!!

Next my secret ingredient... Wax yes an old candle I was not going to burn. Rub the candle all over the entire thing. Get a pretty thick layer on it. Mine kinda smells good too. LOL. Go to a dollar store and pick up cheap candles I'm sure they will work too. Or use what's left of a candle that is burned to the point where it is dangerous to burn anymore.

Next is your top layer paint that you will see the most of. I picked a grey. I love black and grey. Now this step is important... you can use your acrylic paints, but you will have to work fast because you don't want the paint to dry. I like to use latex for this step because it extends your working time. Paint a small area at a time right over the wax. I don't like to go straight back and forth I like the cross hatch look.

Next is the part I don't like. Yes I am a firefighter, but I don't like flame. Yea I know crazy. But this is where you have to use a flame to achieve the look. My Steve is a plumber so he has a torch we OK he uses to help me. PLEASE be very careful when using the flame I don't want anyone to get burned. Take the flame a get close to the paint until use see it bubble and raise.

I keep adding layers of grey paint until I get the look I want. This probably is like 3 layers. We paint and burn paint and burn. Little sections at a time.

Close up...

Now while the paint is still warm NOT HOT, you should be able to pick it up and not burn yourself, lightly sand the whole thing so that the paint moves slightly and you can see your base color. Don't forget your edges.

At this point it is cool and dry. You will need to put something over the top or the paint will continue to flake. I suggest either a furniture paste wax, stain, or polyurethane.

Of course you all know me I like stain so this is mine all finished and ready to hang.

Little update... I did finish my chair, but haven't decorated for fall. I have been running short on time recently. So I am hoping soon to get the decorating done for your viewing pleasure. LOL.

Edited... You can use a heat gun found at your local home improvement store.
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basketsnprims said...

Thanks so much for a great tutorial. I love the look of this bubbly?? finish. I use a torch all the time to burn the "hairs" off my baskets when I finish weaving them. Makes them more professional looking. Can't wait to see your fall decorating. I do a little each day between my chores & crafting.
thanks again~

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Awesome tutorial! Love the finish on the piece.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I love the finish Mary, wonder if you could use a hot hairdryer? I'll try and see I'm not sure I'd be to good with at torch:)

Karen/My Colonial Home said...



Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

WAY COOL Mary! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

Great tutorial!!! Instead of a torch, I use a heat gun and it works great!!!

Tina said...

Thanks for sharing your craftiness and knowledge with us. Great job!

UPON A HILL said...

Thank you so much for sharing! awesome& I am going to try this!

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing that great tecnique!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi husband just did a test with your technique and it turned out quite well...thanks so's he's intrigued...and I'm happy! lol

Karen said...

That is a great tutorial, thanks for showing how to do it. I'm wondering, you know those electric paint strippers? They get so hot, they bubble and melt the paint to strip off, I think that would work in place of a torch??? What do you think? Karen

Karen said...

Silly me, I just looked back at the comments, and someone just mentioned a heat gun. Well, that answers my question lol. Karen

simple~needs said...

thank you, thank you!!
we love ya mary! thats a great tutorial!!!

Cindy B said...

great tutorial! I lovehow the finish came out...thanks for visiting my blog.. wood porch quilts are fun to make ..go for it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mary!

So glad you're still blogging! It looks like your life is finally getting settled. I am soo happy for you!

I love how you decorate your home! Wish we could go "junking" together!

Tracey (from Primmart community)

Sherri/Here Goes My Life said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tecnique. I am def going to have to try this. BTW,I am now one of your followeres. I found you on Linda/BMRD blog. She had your link on her post. Have a great day!:)Sherri

Janene said...

What a great idea and a great look!
I will definately have to try this.
It looks so many years it has been around.
Thanks for this tutorial!

Elisha said...

THANKYOU!!! I have needed this for my redo projects! Am pinning it now!