Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kitty Bliss & Chalk-Painted Sconces

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! I was kitty-sitting and painting furniture for a client friend.

But playing with this impish cutie pie, it's easy to see why I was distracted.
She is appropriately named Charlie for that adorable Chaplin mustache....:)

So now let's look at my latest chalk paint makeover.
Look at what I found another pair of at Goodwill……

Last time, I painted them in 4 or 5 colors, in this post.

This time around, I was inspired to paint them in the same chalk paint colors as the dresser tilt mirror that I currently have listed in my Etsy shop. I thought they would make a lovely coordinated ensemble in the same room together.

Although I did use the same colors, along with clear and dark wax, overlapping them with each other definitely softens the Aqua.
No large areas of any one color will have that effect.

I covered each piece in the creamy Beige color, because I wasn’t fond of the original cold metallic gold. The creamy base gives a nice light background to brighten the topcoat, which, in this case, was the Aqua..

I then took the Beige color again, and using it sparingly, added fine highlights to the highest ridges. I added the most creamy beige to the petals on the candle cup, to show off their shape better.
Next, I added a custom-mixed metallic Bronze paint to all the curves I wanted to accentuate.

I also wanted to show you how I prep these pieces before I paint them. I always file down the mold seams first,  so they don't look like cheap plastic after I go to so much trouble painting them.

After finishing them off with the waxes, I touched up bits of Bronze here and there, keeping it imperfect and random.
So, believe it or not, I am sometimes actually satisfied with only 3 colors, rather than my typical M.O. of 5 or 6…….

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  1. Seriously, Charlie the cat can't be ANY cuter!!! :)

  2. I can see how Charlie would distract you!! Lovely job on the candle holders.

  3. LOVE the colors you used! I'm featuring this Friday over at Power of Paint!

  4. Dear Maria,
    thank you for the good tutorial. Looks so great - but Charly is for sure even more beautiful.
    All the best from Austria


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