Creating a Weathered, Old World Finish with Autentico Paint
Do you ever have those pieces or projects that just feel so good to create? The whole project, start to finish? That's how this piece was for me. This weathered, old world, grungy gal turned out just the way I had hoped. It's a super easy 3-Step process to create this finish, and I share all the details below.
1L Autentico Paint Vintage Morpeth Mustard
500mL Autentico Paint Vintage Dark Chocolate
Autentico Paint Clear Wax
Painters Rag or Paper Towel
1" Mop Artist Brush
Small Cup of Water
Prep Work: The work you put into preparing your furniture piece for painting/refinishing is hands down the most important step - your finish will only be as good as your foundation. For this piece, I used GreenEZ Degreaser and my Surfprep 3x4 Electric Ray Sander with the Maroon Non-woven abrasive to scrub the piece clean. Typically, I repeat this process until the rag I use to remove the cleaner is clean. Once thoroughly clean, I sanded the existing finish using an 100 grit followed by a 180 grit film abrasive and the 3x4 Surfprep sander.
Step 1 - The Base Coat:
I started by mixing about 500mL of the Morpeth Mustard with several heaping scoops on the Saltwash mixture in a bowl. If you are not familiar with Saltwash, it is a paint additive than can be added to any paint to create unique textured finishes. I tend to add more Saltwash than is recommended - the more Saltwash you add the thicker your paint will become and the more texture you will be able to create. The amount of paint and Saltwash needed for your project will vary depending on the size of the project at hand. If your mixture is too thin, add more Saltwash. If it is too thick, add more paint or a little water. The consistency I shoot for is a thick brownie batter. Once mixed, I used a cheap chip brush and applied the paint mixture in a stipple/dabbing motion covering the entire piece. There is no right or wrong way to do this - have fun! The idea is to create peaks and valleys on your piece. Sometimes the mixture can create stiff, sharp peaks so its a good idea to go back as the paint mixture is drying to level out any sharp points created by stippling the mixture onto your piece. Allow to dry for 12-24 hours. Here is a photo of my hutch cabinet after applying the base coat:
Step 2 - The Color Wash
For this step you will need your 1" Mop Artist Brush, Small Cup of Water, Painters Rag or Paper Towel, and paint color of choice. I will be using Autentico Vintage Dark Chocolate. This part may sound a bit more complicated than it actually is - again I remind you to just have fun with it. It's just paint! The idea behind this technique is to create a bit of age, and tone down the base coat color.
Start by dipping the tip of your 1" Mop Artist Brush into your Vintage Dark Chocolate (or your desired color), then dip the loaded brush into your cup of water, and finally brush the color over the base coat in sections. I like to start on the outer edge and work my way towards the center of each section. After you have brushed the paint/water mixture on the piece you can continue to work the paint down into the texture created by the Saltwash. Don't be afraid to reload your brush and dip it in water to add more color to your piece. Once your water cup in tinted, you can even dip the brush right into the water cup and brush the paint water onto the piece. The idea is for the color to be more saturated in some areas and only a slight tint of color in others. After your brush on the paint and water mixture onto a small section, take your painters rag or paper towel and blot the excess water and paint off the piece. I prefer to use rags because the texture of the rag can create another layer of texture as you blot the painted areas. Try not to apply too much pressure when removing the wash as you want the color to stay in the valleys of the texture. It may look like you have removed all of the paint in sections but it will dry darker. You can repeat this step as many time as you like until you reach your desired finish. Just be certain to allow each coat to dry in between. Too dark in some places? Don't worry - just go over the washed sections with your base coat color and repeat the color wash. Again - there is no right or wrong way to do this. This technique is all about having fun. In this next photo you can see the progression of applying the paint wash, blotting off the excess, moving on to the next section while working towards the center of the panel.
Step 3 - Protect the Finish
Once you are happy with how much (or little) age you have created and the paint is fully dry, you are ready to apply Autentico Paint Clear Wax to protect your painted finish.
I hope you will try out this finish on your next furniture project! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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