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.
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To get this paint finish, I used DB Vintage Duck Egg, Cotton, and Chocolate. I also used this Mini Brush to get into all the nooks and crannies and this Wax/Stenciling Brush for the antiquing.
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.
As an added bonus, I lined the inside of this box with Redesign With Prima Decoupage Paper. I used a waterbased Poly as I did in this video here.
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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Robin Greenwell says
Thank you so much for sharing your technique – I’m planning on repurposing an old dresser into a bath vanity. You do amazing work – hope mine looks half as good as your dresser and this box!! 🥰
Thanks so much! And good luck with your bath vanity. Have fun! xo
Rose KRAUSE says
So beautiful! This is the perfect color/technique that I’ve been searching for to do on a project that I’ve been struggling with to find what to do. Can’t wait to order what I need to get started,
Thanks so much and have fun Rose! x
Jackie P. says
I’m just learning how to paint, and want to try this technique on a wooden cutlery box I found at Goodwill today. Wish me luck, ha ha! I’m curious how you would price this piece? Thanks for all of your beautiful inspiration!!
I’m so envious Jackie! All our Thrift Stores and Goodwills are closed. 🙁 I really miss salvaging around for furniture and nicknacks. Have fun with your cutlery box and I’d love to hear how it turns out for you. As for pricing, I don’t know where you are located but here are some pricing tips you might find helpful. 🙂
Jackie P. says
Thank you! About half of our Goodwill stores have remained open here in the Phoenix area. Not sure what criteria they used to make those decisions—it seemed random, but I’m thankful some are open! One more question if you don’t mind…what material did you use to make your moulds? The Re-design by Prima modeling material? Thanks again!
ohhh, so lucky! I’m hoping things start opening up here and life gets back to normal. This has been challenging… for everyone! For this flatware box I used resin like I did for this project here but I have used modeling material also. I find the Amazing Casting Resin easier, faster and more durable though. 🙂
When I saw Chocolate on your supply list, I thought “Yay! What a great idea to have chocolates as a handy snack to fortify your energy level as you work!””
Seriously, thank you for sharing- I am so going to try this! With chocolates, of course.
lol, that’s too cute Lisa! I hope you enjoy your makeover with your yummy chocolates! XO
Erin P says
I love this! I have my grandmother’s silverware box, stored away. This looks like the perfect makeover idea! Where can I get feet to add to the bottom? Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks Erin! I’ve seen these types of jewelry box feet sold at Michaels and Hobby Lobby or you can also buy them online here.
It’s stunning Denise! Love the pretty surprise waiting inside too. Pinned 🙂
Thanks so much Marie! Very spring-eee, right! 😀
Roseann D'Elia says
I’m always late to the party..LOL. I absolutely love following and learning from you. keep them coming! have a very old bed tray I will be trying this look on. Best always Roseann.
stay safe stay healthy and try to stay home
The party never ends Roseann… at least that’s the way I like to look at it! 😉 Have fun with your bed tray. Great project btw. And ya, no galavanting for me these days as I’m just staying in and working. I have to admit I feel super blessed that I work from home. Stay safe and healthy as well Roseann. XOXO
Gosh, your work is always stunning! I can’t wait to see what you do next.
Thank you Jeannie! XOXO
Beautiful! But where did you buy those corner feet?
I just read the other comments, thanks!
Suzy B says
Love love love! Were your molded embellishments purchased or did you make them yourself? Thanks, lovely ^.^
Thanks Suzy! 🙂 I made them myself using these Redesign Moulds.
Where did you purchase the antique looking legs for yourbox? Thanks
I bought a few packs of them from Hobby Lobby when they had a 40% off sale but you can also buy similar ones online here.
Lovely Denise! And you make the process look so effortless! ~ Nicki
Jane Tucker says
Thank you so much for sharing this video with us. I have just painted my piece with duck egg and ready to try this finish. Love all your pieces and please share more videos. Stay safe and healthy during this time.
Thanks Jane! And so happy you find the video helpful. Have fun with your Duck Egg piece! 🙂
Hi would you recommend putting a wax over the top to seal? Thanks, Caroline, UK
Hi Caroline! You sure can. 🙂 I didn’t seal this box as it’s not a high traffic item and DB paints are pretty durable as-is, but sealing your work is always a good idea.
Wow you have created a lovely keepsake. Beautiful
Thanks Julie! XO
Hi Denise. Thank you for sharing how to create this beautiful paint finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the video. You explain the process so well in an easy to follow manner. Such a gorgeous small project, and adding those little feet to the box was pure genius. Adorable! As always, I love your work and always (especially during these times) look forward to your blog:)
Hi Monique! Thanks so much… and I like those little feet too! I bought a few packs of them from Hobby Lobby when they had 40% off! 🙂
Cathee L. says
This was a great tutorial! Very easy to follow. Looking forward to working on a small piece to get a similar effect! Thanks!
I’m so glad and have fun with your project Cathee! 🙂
Really, really love this project. Exquisite!
Thanks Elizabeth! 🙂
This is really beautifully amazing both the work and the final …what I would call a true piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Aw, thanks Susan! Very sweet and thank YOU for reading/watching. 🙂
It is beautiful! I never would have thought of doing what you did with the addition of embellishments! Off to my stash of stuff to see what I can do! Thanks for the inspiration as usual!
Thanks Patricia and have fun! XOXO
Thanks for the great video. It’s so much better to see it done than just reading! Beautiful finish!
Thanks, Susan! I’m glad the visual helps! 🙂
Carole Atkins says
What a lovely difference. I love that decoupage paper you used
Isn’t it beautiful! I couldn’t resist because it was so cheerful and spring-eee! 😉