Thursday, August 3, 2017

Paint Project Easy Distressing

Here's a paint project I should have done years ago.
This sign was from a garage sale ages ago. I never knew what to do with it, so I left it as it was. The frame was dark brown wood and not very attractive with the dark lettering. 

I always planned to make a chalkboard with it, but honestly, I have about 33 frames, hidden in various closets and stashes, that I always planned to make into chalkboards too, so I needed a little more imagination here. 

I'm trying to follow my grandma's saying: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" Because of that, I decided one could (possibly) have too many chalkboards!
As you can see, the sign stayed in the frame and the frame got a couple coats of Amy Howard's One-Step Paint in Ballet White. It was leftover paint, in a mason jar from another project, so that was actually TWO "use it up's" in one project.

I didn't want to muddy up the white frame by using dark wax to age it -- like I did on my recent "over do" disaster on the poor Reindeer sign Here -- so I simply waited for the paint to dry a little...maybe 30 minutes.

Next I took this sanding block with rough edges, a spray bottle of water, and a rag and scraped on the edges to take off some of the paint. Spraying the fresh chalk paint with a little water before sanding it really helps remove the paint.

There are two reasons why this just might be my new favorite way of aging a white-painted project; 

1. It was so easy to do and didn't look like I'd left mud all over it.

2. Wild Bill had just aggravated me before I started with the sanding block so I was able to take my aggression out on the frame.

For my final step, I waxed the frame all over with Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax. Then I took a little teeny bit of dark wax and went over the edges that were scraped down. 

The frame turned out to be so smooth and soft. I plan to use that combo again on some furniture that turned out a little rough a while back.

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  1. Looks really good. I am with you, I have so many projects that I have never finished. Now I don't feel like doing them. It's just to darn HOT here. Will it ever end.

    Have a great weekend.


  2. I am always trying to use things up! It is good when you do isn't it.

  3. I love what you do and the way it looks, but I have to grin because I'd be the one painting it so it didn't look old! Ha.

    1. Hey, you'd be right there with Wild Bill. My aggressive sanding came from a nasty comment he made about maybe I might not want to make everything look like it came from a trash heap.

  4. "Neat!" as we used to say back in the day...

  5. That looks great! I bet it was very dark with the dark wood framing. Now the sign itself pops!

    Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

  6. Looks pretty! Love your grandmother's saying!

  7. I love it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! x K

  8. did a great job. Grandmother's always know best.

  9. wow you are very smart to do all this my friend!

    this painting is lovely and words written on it are pray of each heart.
    best wishes for you and your projects my friend

  10. You did a wonderful job and the framed sign looks wonderful! My grandmother and aunts used to use the same saying!

  11. LOVE! It looks great :). Would also love if you'd share this at Reader Tip Tuesday:
    It's open all week & growing. Hope to see your creativity at the party...xo