LAST WEEK YOU REQUESTED A TUTORIAL ON MY VINTAGE DUCK EGG FINISH. TODAY I’M SHARING THE STEP BY STEP HOW TO! [VIDEO]
Thanks for all the wonderful comments on last week’s dresser makeover. We tallied up your votes and ReStyle #2 the Vintage Duck Egg Blue took the lead by a whopping 78%.
For those of you who asked for a tutorial and video, I have the PERFECT small project to replicate the EXACT finish in the EXACT colors I used. Learning a new finish on a smaller project always feels way less intimidating… at least it does for me. So whether you’re a novice, expert or anything in between, if you follow step by step, this project is doable!
Here’s what I started with. A Gerlach Flatware Box that was gifted to me from my Aunts’ in Poland. The flatware was the gift… not the box. 😉 But for sentimental reasons, I never thew it away.
What do you think!?! So much better, right!
Now it’s matchy-matchy with last weeks dresser!
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VINTAGE DUCK EGG PAINT FINISH
I started by removing the original hardware and stickers.
And then removed the inside lining so I could reline with this Zola Mulberry Tissue.
VINTAGE DUCK EGG PAINT FINISH VIDEO
Here’s a step by step video on how I create this vintage blue finish. If you’re having trouble with the video below, you can watch it here on my Youtube Channel.
After applying my decorative moulds, I painted two coats of Vintage Duck Egg.
Once dry, I mixed a whitewash by adding water to Cotton. I used about 3 parts paint to 1 part water but the ratio depends on what brand of paint you use. Thicker paints may require a little more water. Thin paints less water. You’re looking for a creamy consistency like melted ice cream that easily drips off your stir stick.
Working in sections, I brush on the whitewash. While the wash is wet, I dabbed and pounced off the wash using a scrunched up paper towel. I pounce the paper towel in different directions to get a variety of patterns. To reveal more of the Vintage Duck Egg, I give the surface a light spray with my water mister, and then dab and pounce the paper towel to remove more paint.
This wash technique leaves the paint looking mottled and blended. There’s no right or wrong. Just play with the wet paint until you see a result you really like. If you want more depth (or you feel you’ve messed up the finish like I have on a few occasions) you can always cover it up with a wash in your original color. In this case, Vintage Duck Egg and then reapply the whitewash. This creates a lot of depth using two colors!
Once I was happy with my whitewash effect, I took this wax/stencil brush and dabbed it into the Chocolate – then using a styrofoam plate, removed the majority of paint so I was left with a VERY dry brush. Using a small circular motion, I hit all the decorative moulding and lightly added antiquing around the edges and sides of the box. You can apply as much or as little as you like. Whatever looks good to you.
For the finishing touches, I highlighted the decorative mouldings with this Hammered Copper Gilding Wax. The orange undertones and metallic finish play off the blue beautifully.
I also painted some feet and the old hardware in Copper to tie everything in.
I’m really happy I restyled this box. It’s a wonderful reminder of how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to visit Poland with my Dad. x
And I’m grateful for YOU! I appreciate you giving me video ideas. If there’s ever a technique or finish you’re curious about feel free to email me or leave it in the comments. 🙂
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS VINTAGE DUCK EGG MAKEOVER AND IF YOU FOUND THE VIDEO HELPFUL. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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