I'm just sitting around freezing.
I'm fighting off that bitterness I develop every late February for all those people who start talking about spring.
How close it is.
How much they love it.
They start decorating with bright lime green stuff.
And they are all cheery.
I hate them.
Doesn't sound like I'm fighting very hard does it?
I must try harder.
Because it won't be spring here until April 22.
We don't get to start gardening until Mother's Day!
That's in MAY!
In the meantime,
I'll be painting furniture.
I wanted to show you this piece we, at Vera's Daughter, collaborated on for a client.
It has glass shelves and lighting, but we didn't have those.
You'll just have to enjoy it like it is.
This piece, I'll call it the CoCo Curio, is painted with Chalk Paint® in CoCo. It was one of those pieces from the 60's(?) that was finished in that slightly putrid, slightly yellow French Provincial finish, and had been sitting in a garage for a LONG time.
It took a lot of cleaning. With mineral spirits and then Simple Green.
Then it got painted with CoCo. Two layers. Inside and out.
Yes I did tape off all the glass.
It was a great day when I got to pull that tape off.
Then it was dark waxed.
Here is my great tip for using dark wax on a piece with this much detail.
First, apply a VERY LIGHT coat of clear wax with a chip brush just to the area you are working on. It's easier to get a very light coat of clear wax with a chip brush. Wipe area with a paper towel or clean lint free rag.
Take a small stiff bristled brush. I used a small stenciling brush. I mean really tiny - mine was about half the size of a pencil.
Load up your small brush with dark wax and "paint" into all the crevices of the area you just clear waxed. Reload the brush when you fill like you aren't getting a dramatic lines of application. Keep going until the area you clear waxed is accented.
Take a small dense wax brush - I used one that looked like this:
It was maybe 2 inches across. You could probably use a larger one, but I can't attest to it.
With a fairly firm touch start "dry brushing" the dark wax in the crevices over the entire area.
What you are doing is pulling part of the dark wax from the crevices over the rest of the detail area.
When you have finished the area, wipe the high areas with whatever rag or towel you are using. Continue removing dark wax until the color is to your liking. It shouldn't take too much wiping, because this technique doesn't darken the highlights too much.
On the flatter areas run a line of dark wax next to every edge and corner, then pull the dark wax out with the dry wax brush just as you did on the detail area.
I really wanted the dark wax to be in each and every crevice of the piece so I made up this technique to avoid having to spend a bunch of time removing dark wax from the highlights - which happens when you just apply directly with a larger brush, even when you try to target only the crevices.
After each section is completed, wipe the dry wax brush with your rag to remove as much of the dark wax as possible. It doesn't need to be removed completely - just do it a bit.
It may seem like a lot of work to you, but when you have wonderful details to work with like this, it's fun and just slightly exciting!
We let the dark wax dry completely for several days.
Then it got buffed all over with a shoe polishing brush. Just a little. Not a lot. I like to use these brushes over detail areas. It's just easier.
Then we applied a bronzy/gold gilding wax to most of the highlights.
It was a little glowy for our tastes so then we took a chip brush that was SLIGHTLY damp with mineral spirits and dark wax and just barely wiped it over the gilded areas.
Then we brought it out into the store so all the customers could see it, too.
Then it got picked up by the owner...
And I cried because it wasn't mine.
And that's the story of the CoCo Curio.
Do you wish it was yours?
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