Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - "Secret" Tutorial - French Drawer Pulls - DIY Tutorial

DIY How to Create a Beautiful Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated House 
How to create this beautiful patina for 
French Drawer Pulls 
or any other thing you might want to paint!
The "secret" is how  darn easy this is! I certainly hope it didn't sound like the painting of the drawer pulls was some difficult or complicated secret. It certainly isn't. It's quite simple. Like most "secrets" this one is pretty easy to figure out, and you probably already have! Don't worry about changing it to suit your needs, go right ahead, it is very adaptable. Over the years, this has been one of the most asked questions, how to create this look. So here are the directions!

The drawers pulls only appeared to be more complicated to paint than they actually were. When I looked at the ones I had painted previously, I wanted to replicate the look but I wasn't sure how I had done it.  No notes left behind as usual. After figuring it all out again, I happy to share the "secret" with you.

DIY Aged Turquoise Patina Tutorial - The Decorated House
This is what the handles - drawer pulls look like in their unpainted state.
The pulls you see here are brass, and vintage. They were not primed, but you may wish to do so with yours. They will not get a huge amount of wear and tear in a spare bedroom or studio area compared to a kitchen or bathroom.
1. START CLEAN: Clean them very well! The drawer pulls should be very clean, and totally free of oil, grime and dirt Use a scrub brush to get into all the areas.

2. PRIMER: Judge if you need to use a primer by the condition of the metal, and by how much use you think they will get. The heavier the use, or the worse the condition, decides if you need primer.  I usually do use primer. This time I didn't need to because this old brass takes the paint very well, and was in good condition.

3. BASE COAT:  Using Spray Paint, spray the hardware with a   dull gold paint made for metal.
Dull is better, and you should use a spray paint that says it is for metal.

4. GET OUT THE BLUE:  You have the metal primed, one coat of dull gold so you can now use craft paint or acrylic paint on the pieces.
How to Create Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated House
Paint them all over with the Turquoise paint, getting into all the crevices. I used one of the craft paints that I used to custom mix to match a Tiffany blue bag. 
5.  WIPE OFF THE EXCESS: Using a soft cloth, wipe off the excess on the higher areas of the pull before the paint dries.  And it will look like the picture below. If you find that you are having a tough time because the paint is drying quickly, simply dampen your rag. Old t-shirts are great for these projects.
Step by Step Instructions Created an Aged Turquoise Patina - The Decorated HouseEven at this stage, the hardware is beautiful.
You could leave them just like this if you wish.
They already look wonderfully aged.

6.  Let the paint dry completely.

7.  ADD GOLD ACCENTS:  As you can see, this step takes your gold accents to a deeper and prettier look that the base coat the you exposed. But it is an added layer to the duller gold.

After the paint is totally dry, using  either Treasure Gold OR Rub-n-Buff  metallic finish, put a small amount of the gold "wax" from the little pot (Treasure Gold) or the tube (Rub-n-Buff) on a soft cloth wrapped around your index finger and rub just the top surfaces of the pulls. I always wear cheap latex gloves while doing this because it is metal and some can stay on your hands or fingers.

This gold is a bit shinier and brighter than the dull gold you started with.  So now you have different layers of golds that add to the aged look. 

8.  SILVER AND GOLD!: This is an old trick that I think is worth it although the look is subtle. If you would like another layer of interest, as in mine above, I alternated a silver metallic with the gold,  over the turquoise painted hardware.

9.  PROTECTIVE SEALER:  If this hardware will get a great deal of use, you can use a spray (or brushed on) polyurethane or acrylic topcoat. I usually use the spray kind.

The rub and buff wax product does a good job of sealing, but kitchens and bathrooms might get excessive use where the finish could be deteriorate over time.

Let it dry thoroughly before using it.

The Decorated House - Step by Step Tutorial Aged Turquoise Patina French Pulls


What is Rub-n-Buff or Treasure Gold  ?
I'm sure most of you know by now, but in case this is a new product to you,  it is a wax that has metallic powder pigments added to it. After you apply it, you buff it just like any other wax. You can use it over metal, plastic, paper, ceramic, plaster.... lots of things! It seals like a wax and looks like metal.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

~ How-to Create an Antiqued Silver Paint Finish. Diy. Tutorial

The Decorated House - DIY an Antiqued Sliver Paint Finish

It's funny how you really never know how some little gift you give will be something the person will treasure for a long time. Nor do we ever know how quick something that was more costly to purchase ends up at the GoodWill or a charity like it.  But it's the thought behind the gift that counts, right? After that you just have to let it go even if you worked hard or spent generously, if it just wasn't something the receiver wanted, you did give from your heart.

In this case a simple gift from some old thrifty place is a gift that remains a part of our home.

The Decorated House - DIY an Antiqued Sliver Paint Finish

About 30 years ago Sweet Hubby's sister gave us an old door knob. To some it might have been an odd gift, but we kind of liked it. We brought the door knob with us when we moved to our home now. The color was the typical brassy gold from the time period when it was made. It stayed that way for a while until we found the perfect spot for it. The Decorated House : How to . DIY . Antique Silver FinishYou can still find these lovely treasures at antique markets, and if you get lucky, at a junk or thrift store. The picture above is from a dealer at the large antique (and junk) fair. When I look at the picture now, I'm wondering why I didn't buy one, or two.... I think I found other goodies though and maybe I had spent my limit for the day. That was a really good year to go shopping there.

The Decorated House - How to Create an Antiqued Silver Paint Finish
Here are the directions to Create this Antiqued Silver Finish:

Clean it very well. Use a small brush or tooth brush to get into the carvings. A good cleaning needs to remove grease and grime as well as dirt.

Prime it.
    I always use spray on a metal primer. Some have an etching effect which I also like very much.  The metal paint primers are superior to the regular primers when you working with metals. In the picture above, I can tell that I used one of the hammered finishes paint primers for metal, which are very good to work with.

Rub n Buff!
    Oh the wonders of Rub n Buff, a staple around here for over a decade. It's a metallic wax, so it is perfect for this project. Here I used a combination of pewter and silver.

Black glaze.
    I used an acrylic paint. Black is so pigmented, it will still adhere over the Rub n Buff. Paint the black on your piece, then wipe off the top areas to keep them lighter and  highlighted. Let it settled into the crevices.  If you get too much black on the areas you want highlighted, take a soft damp cloth and wipe it off right away, or if needed,  touch up the silver with Rub n Buff.

 *  Spray Protective Coat.
     If your door knob will get a lot of use you can spray it with a spray on polyurethane to keep it  looking good longer.

Our door knob  graces the French doors that lead from the dining room area. It took years for it to show a little wear. But it does not get a lot of use though. The doors are left open most of the time. I would spray it with at least 3 protective coats if it was used more.

See Y'all Soon~
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

~ Is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Worth The Price? And A Few More Tips

The Decorated House ~ Is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Worth the Price?

So as you check out blogs and see some fabulous makeovers using chalk paint you could be thinking that you might give this ol' chalk paint stuff a whirl. Then you see the price, especially if you have to pay shipping! It's expensive enough if you can find a local source, but by the time you add shipping it is really expensive. I've been using it for a few years now, and my thoughts on it haven't changed.

** Please note if you are not familiar with these paints, it is NOT "chalkboard" paint that you buy at the craft store. Although they now sell a folkart version of chalk paint which you might like to try if you use a 40% off coupon. But it is not the same "recipe" for chalk paint as the ASCP.

The Decorated House - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Worth the Price?Here are some of your questions you have asked me:

Why did you start using chalk?

I really wanted a very flat, matte finish so that I could easily manipulate it for an aged look. At first I thought I might try milk paint again. It had been several years since I used it, but remembered the dull, chalky old look of it. Looking for chalky looking paint,  I wound up finding Annie Sloan Chalk paint. And the hype was pretty darn good. I doubted it was that much different than regular flat latex paint. But it is ....  and it isn't. Click on Continue Reading Link Below for more Information.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

~ How to Create a Beautiful Antique Look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ~ Blues - Wet Distressed & Waxed

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
There's a lot more to these chalk paints then just painting a quick coat of paint and doing a little sanding! Sometime ago I read Annie Sloan discussing working with her chalk paints and waxes to get different looks. So this was an experiment to see how to make a beautiful more aged look.  The finished look is really worth the work. (Click on Continue Reading Link Below for more Information.)

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Above is the old mirror in its original, dull, gold finish and it just didn't work, so it was the perfect candidate for playing with the paints and wax since it had a great shape and nice details.

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
The first color was the bright ASCP Provence for layer one. For layer 2, I mixed the Provence with  Paris Grey.  But  areas of the Provence were left to show a bit more. This needed to dry just a little while so that I do a light amount of dry brushing with white, either Pure White or Old White will do. In the picture above, you can see small amounts of the white showing; it may look like reflected light.

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk PaintThe next step was to do a bit of distressing with a "wet distressed" method. How much water you used depends on the look you are after. In this case, my cotton rag (t-shirts work great!) was just a little damp. And the picture above shows what it  looked like with just using a damp cotton rag to rub off some of the paint. It was a good look even at this point. I did not sanding at this point, just the wet distressing.

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk PaintUsually you want to let chalk paint rest and cure for your finished project. It can take up to 30 days for it to really be fully cured. That is exactly the reason that all these steps work so well. The paint is dry to the touch, but it is not really fully cured yet. Also the paint is very matte flat. If the paint itself had a shine to it or a plastic feel like latex, it is harder to accomplish.

For the next step,  I went back and forth with dry brushing the white paint, letting it almost dry and then waxing over it until the paint began to come off, then painting again, and wiping that off in some places. Why?? As you can see, you are exposing some bits and pieces of the various layers controlling all the time how much you want of each to show and exactly where it shows.

Dark wax was applied next, it was buffed, some places got another dry brushing, then the clear wax was applied and buffed last. You just play with it and see how your piece looks with each step until you get what you want for yourself.

The Decorated House ~ Create a Beautiful Blue Distressed Antiqued Finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
In the end, it looked like a very old, time worn finish. A really beautiful look!

**The paints used in the post are "Annie Sloan Chalk Paints" not to
be confused with chalkboard paint.

See Y'All Soon~

Thursday, June 25, 2015

~ French Chair Makeover : Distressed French Blue : Wet Distressing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The Decorated House - Tutorial Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on French Chair
Oh no! I am longing for a nice, not too rustic, distressed chair. Oh well,
sometimes we just have a need for a little change. And since it is only paint, we can
certainlyrepaint a chair  ... once or twice or maybe 20 times!
Not this chair, but maybe a couple others are about to get a simple, new look.

Looking for a really rustic, distressed French Blue look? Try this method.

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

~ How To Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish ~ Urn & Succulents Gardening

Readers' Favorites : How to Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish

using an inexpensive plastic urn. 

Update: May 2015
The urn was painted 3 years ago. For a while it sat on a cover stoop/porch area
so it was out of the direct elements of sun, wind, etc. It has also so outside with my other pots for  a months now. It looks exactly like it did when it was first done. The only changes have been keeping the plants to a nice size. Even succulents can get quite large. The aloe grew a lot and was cut back and some put in the ground or in other pots. The other succulents have been
clipped as need, but all did very well. It is now about time to replant the whole thing, but it lasted
for a few years with very little attention. The urn itself is doing a bit more aging with the rain and humidity, but the paint has held up very nicely.

After going without rain for some time and spending so much time watering to keep all the pretties alive, we had a few days of non-stop rain. Another downpour early this morning, before the plants could dry out even a little from the last few days. Mother Nature teaches us patience or why it's good to buy plants where there is a one year guarantee.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

~ Decorating with Succulents & Silver and How To Create a Succulent Dish Garden

Decorating with Succulents & Sliver at The Decorated House

It's a great time of the year to bring in a little touch of the garden. After cold weather or too much rain (or too little) in some parts of the country, wouldn't a little touch of living green add some warmth?!

You can grow succulents in any number of containers, and silver is a
really pretty choice. Complemented with white, the silver
adds a bit of reflective light and show offs the rich green. 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

~ How To Make a 5 Minute Pillow ... Maybe 10 Mins.

The Decorated House - How to Make a 5 min. Pillow Cover

You can make a pillow like this in 5 minutes!
(Or maybe 10 if you are like me with sewing.)
Tutorial and Step by Step Directions:
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

~ How to Print on Fabric Using an Inkjet Printer - Image Transfer - DIY - Tutorial

The Decorated House: ~ How to Print on Fabric - DIY - Tutorial - Inkjet Printer Image Transfer

There are many ways to create an image transfer on fabric. This is one of my favorites!
And it has become one of my reader's favorite tutorials as well.

Forget the spay glue adhesive and freezer paper. This is much better.
It is very easy to do and requires no messy chemicals to transfer your image to fabric. 
This tutorial will show you how to use your inkjet printer at home.
(I have read that others used their laser printers for fabric,
but I have not tried it, so I cannot say how it works from my
own experience.)

** All art in this tutorial is the original, copyrighted
art of Donna, The Decorated House. **

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:

Friday, April 3, 2015

~ Happy Easter!

The Decorated House. 2014 Decorated Easter Mantel

Wishing You
a Very, Happy Easter!

See Y'All Soon~