Saturday, August 11, 2012

~ how to paint slick surfaces with Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan ~

Hello my friends!
I am slowly getting back into the routine of blogging.
I must share with you how well my little shop is being received.
I LOVE meeting so many interesting people everyday.
I can't wait to get there in the morning and I hate to leave at night.
I know this is a job...but does not feel like work!!!
so today I want to share a little painting project I worked on over the weekend.
Last week I bought two full size porcelain rabbits at a local thrift shop.
Cute...but really needed some love.

I mean really...look at this little guy.....way too shiny and a little scary looking.
Who's idea was it to dress this guy up with a funky blue ribbon???
He is just screaming out for some magical Chalk Paint™ decorative paint from Annie Sloan.
Did you know Chalk Paint™ would adhere to glassy porcelain?
It absolutely does!
There is a technique though and I am happy to share it with you.

Here are my bunnies..yup, there were two ugly black mottled bunnies, after two coats of Old White. I have found that the secret to painting on super slick surfaces like glassy porcelain is to not try too hard.
By that I mean don't try to get full coverage all in one coat. I painted one coat of Old White, not worrying about complete coverage. Don't overwork your brushstrokes. You need to apply a light coat quickly and leave it alone!!! Like overnight leave it alone. The more you try to brush  paint over bare spots, the  more you simply keep picking up the previous coat. 
Let the first coat fully dry..THEN apply a second coat and the same technique applies.
Lay on the second coat and leave it alone to dry..don't mess with it!
The above rabbits have two full coats of Old White, over the span of two days.

Here are two lovely rabbits  with two coats of Old White and a coat of Step 1 of
 Annie Sloan's wonderful 
Craqueleur  Varnish Crackle.
Have I told you how much I LOVE this product??
Yeah..I pretty much LOVE IT!!!

Step two is now applied and depending how thickly I apply it, will determine how bigs the cracks are.
Step 2 is a heat activated step and at this point I hit the rabbit with a blow dryer to get the crackling process going.
Your won't really see the cracks..they are very small and hidden, but once step 2 is dry..
the magic will happen.
Liberally apply dark wax all over the piece and rub it into the cracks.
Your beautiful cracks all come to life.
Pick up some clear wax and wipe all over your piece 
to clean off all the residue dark wax on your piece

This is what the final effect will be.
Beautiful crackly, crazed and antiqued gorgeousness.
Can you say 

The lovely thing about Annie's crackle medium is that it doen't touch the paint, but crackles the varnish.
So cool!
You are able to achieve an antiqued old world varnish crackle.

Hands down my favorite product!
You can get lovely looks with this product and try to attend a local workshop for some real fun.
Remember...go to to find a stockist and workshop near you!
I think my after rabbit is much more spectacular than the before version.
What do you think?????

Until next kind and stay creative.


Samantha said...

Amazing transformation! I really enjoy checking on your blog and FB page to see what you are up to next!
So happy for you that "work" doesn't really feel like it!

The Mindful Spirit said...

Spectacular buddy, MUST get my hands on some cracklin' magic!!!!!!!!!

NanaDiana said...

Janet- That is really great stuff. I haven't used it but I love the way it looks. I painted with ASCP tonight, too. I redid a small table. xo Diana

Atelier Conti said...

So cute Janet! Yes, they are wonderful have the eye. I never would have noticed them in their original state, nor imagined their possibilities. Bravo!

Claire said...

Hey Janet, that's amazing stuff......those bunnies look so adorable after their makeover.

I do hope that feeling of 'it doesn't feel like work' never wears off. I'm sure you know how blessed you are to be doing something you love so much...

Claire x

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The rabbits came out fantastic!! Love the crazed look, its a high end makeover~nice job!

Hartwood Roses said...

Another wonderful transformation!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post!

Linda said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous. I liked the all white bunnies until I saw the final version. Nw, they look like family heirlooms, lovingly handed down from generation to generation. Very interesting about the crackle not cracking the paint.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Pretty sweet! How's your new home-away-from-home? I'm moving into my own space in October! Any words of wisdom?

Norma said...

Those bunnies "crack" me up! ;)

Just kidding, they turned out amazing!

Thanks so much for telling the process of painting them. Great info.

Lynda said...

Janet! You have turned me into an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint addict!

I have told everybody in my house.........if you sit still too long you will most likely be painted and waxed!

Now, I will be on the hunt for some bunnies to paint! Slavation Army, here I come! My new favorite place to shop on Wednesday mornings! Hehehehe!

Thanks for inspiring me to finish soooo many projects!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Those bunnies are so much more adorable with their new ASCP coats. Love the effect of the crackle medium.

Jennifer Juniper said...

So it won't scratch off?? Amazing!

Sue said...

I'm anxious to try a crackled finish. I'm having a workshop this weekend at my house for some friends. Your bunnies were well worth the wait, Janet! ~ Sue

tattered elegance said...

oh my im sold! Im gonna have to get some of that crackle! I wouldve never looked twice at those "before" bunnies ~ the transformation is amazing! thanks for sharing!!

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