A couple of weeks ago I was browsing the home stores looking for some inspiration.
As someone who has recently moved from a very 'Shabby Chic' home into a Mid Century Inspired space, I have to admit I am struggling.
These pretty vases, in - of all places - my local Habitat for Humanity Restore caught my eye.
Having previously surrounded myself with chippy goodness and distressed curvy furniture, I find the clean straight lines of my new home baffling. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the MCM but it is a different mindset.
I have to look at things differently and I find I need to take a step back. I am finding decision making hard when it comes to these pieces - they are the exact opposite of my comfort zone!
These vases got me thinking - I have a few pieces around my home that I like, but are perhaps a little too on the 'Chic' side and less on the modern. But some carefully applied texture can fix all that in a heartbeat!
So here is what I did. Firstly I bought the vases - at $10 and $5 each I couldn't resist. It is such an excellent cause!
Then I got to work. Back home I reached for my Fusion Mineral Paint, The Vases looked to me like a good mix of Raw Silk and Putty.
I grabbed a bag of Fresco - an AWESOME texturizing powder that I simply need to add to my paint for some extra weight and thickness.
Finally, I figured a little pot of White Wax from Homestead House was called for. I could, I am sure, create that look with dry brushing, but there is something so pretty and enticing about the White Wax!
FInally my brush...of How I LOVE my Staalmeester! This one is the #22 Round Sash Brush. It just makes my heart sing!
Then I got to it. First of all, I wanted to have a little play with the texture. I have this great little Woodgraining kit that includes these fab little rockers. I thought they would be about perfect!
Next was to select a project. Being a little feint of heart I decided to go with a small prictice project initially. Somethinf that could match my lovely vases. So I grabbed one of thise IKEA flinig boxes - you know, the wooden ones?
And I got to work!
First I painted the Raw Silk directly onto the box - no prep needed this time as I am painting directly onto the raw wood.
I wanted my Fresco / Paint mix fairly thick and lumpy to simulate the texture of the pottery. You can add less fresco for a smoother finish if you wish. I mixed 1 teaspoon of Fresco with 3 teaspoons of paint.
I waited a few minutes so my Paint / Fresco Mixture was a little less loose and grabbed this tool.
Now I had to wait for the paint to dry!
Once dry I simply added white wax...
Then the final step...buffing!
And there you have it! I think I would like to add black wax too - but I dont have any to hand right now!
So go ahead and give it a go! So much fun and so easy!
Have fun out there!