I am always practicing my painting skills and trying to learn new ones in order to take my painted furniture to the next level. I want to try using more glazes and layering so when a piece needs a less-clean look, I can make it look authentic. I have been experimenting with different paints, glazes and waxes in order to achieve this effect.
This beautiful French cupboard was already painted when I bought it but it was very rough and there were drips everywhere. I gave it a very good sand and then got started painting. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. How beautiful are the carved details.
I think these colours together are just delicious and will be definitely using them again. I am already using this mix on a gorgeous tall cocktail cabinet that I'm hoping to finish later today.
Just after I had finished it a friend dropped in to pick up his boys who I mind on Tuesdays after school and he kept saying to me "but you didn't paint this did you? it's from 300 years ago?" so I think I must have got the aging and antiquing right :)
Even though I'd like to be able to make furniture look a lot more antiqued and "grungier" maybe I can feel a bit less dissatisfied with my skill level :)
If you want more information on glazes and antiquing I have a few blog posts here that might help: