Might the thought of “Why on earth would you put makeup on Furniture?” be running through your head as you read the title of this post? The van Gogh chalk paint collection has this super fun line of finishing products for your pieces that are insanely easy to use. I know there are plenty of people who read this blog and aren’t near a van Gogh Paintologist (what we call our retailers) so I’ll be doing a series of posts as I finish pieces to highlight the products in the collection and hopefully give you some inspiration to give them a shot.
Today is all about Furniture Facelift. It’s an embossing plaster designed to give you a 3-dimension design on pieces using a stencil. You can make a relief design that looks like it’s part of your piece for ages, or you can use it as a filler or skim coat on cabinet doors to cut down on the appearance of the wood grain.
A few weeks ago I had this secretary dropped off on my front porch… really.
As you can see it needed some help… I filled in the cracks with wood filler (yes, these are not the TRUE before pictures, I forgot to take them with the large crack) and then sanded them back. Then I taped the stencil to the front and smeared on the Furniture Facelift with a spatula.
when I carefully lifted it off, it looked like this:
You may recognize this stencil from a coffee table I did a while ago. I like it and it’s big… Then you wait for it to dry… it takes a while…2 or 3 hours. Once it’s all dry though, you can paint over it and distress it just like wood.
When you’re a Paintologist with van Gogh, you can choose up to four custom colors that you get to name and are exclusive to you. Fun, right? I am trying one out and trying to decide if I want to keep it. That’s the color I used a base on the door of this secretary. Then I painted Starry Night on top. When it was all dry, I wet distressed it back to only the first color.
It had mismatched knobs on it and they looked odd. I went ahead and kept one set of the antique glass knobs on the top drawers and painted some wooden ones I had to match the color scheme of the piece for the bottom drawers.
Inside I painted the piece with the new color and heavily distressed it. I tried some French Caffeine wax and didn’t like the look in this case so I used the natural wax to take it off. I love that you don’t have to Natural Wax before you use the French Caffeine wax and it still comes right off.
I Natural waxed the whole thing and now it’s ready to go…
The temptation to paint the nails on those feet was SO strong…
What do you think of the new color… I’m leaning towards going a bit deeper I think. It’s a little lighter than I thought it would be even when you add the depth of the Wax.