Blue and Pale Gold Painted Cabinet

I had my eye on this cabinet for quite some time.  When I purchased it I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle, that is such a beautiful red!  I used the Bonding Agent and finished the cabinet with 2 coats of Hemp Oil.  I think her line of milk paints are beautiful!  We received many complements on this piece.

Cabinet Before Painting
Cabinet Before Painting
Cabinet Painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle
Cabinet Painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle

This was so beautiful I loved how the Tricycle Milk Paint looked with the Hemp oil on top, very rich!  This piece was on display in our shop for two years and received many compliments.

Since we are the home of The Couture Collection! and Paint Couture I began painting everything I could.  I wanted to show our customers our paint colors and glazes.  This piece was just perfect for a makeover.

Lake Norman Blue Cabinet under painted with Pale Gold and glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet under painted with Pale Gold and glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture

Step 1 – Prep your furniture.  I use Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green.  I put the solution into a spray bottle, spray it on and use a Scotch Brite scrub sponge and clean the surface well.  There is not need to rinse. Let it dry, the you are ready to paint.  Most of the time, this is all you need to do, however if the surface is super shiny, rough it up prior to cleaning with 220 grit sandpaper.

Prep your furniture first, we love Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green
Prep your furniture first with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green

Step 2 – Apply Pale Gold Metallic Paint to the doors and drawer using a good quality synthetic brush.  I used the Zibra triangle brush.

Pale Gold Metallic Paint applied to doors and drawers
Pale Gold Metallic Paint applied to doors and drawers
Pale Gold Metallic Paint brushed on with the Zibra Triangle Brush
Pale Gold Metallic Paint brushed on with the Zibra Triangle Brush
Pale Gold Metallic Paint on the drawer
Pale Gold Metallic Paint on the drawer

I also added the Pale Gold to the front legs.  Let the Pale Gold dry.  My plan:  painting over top of the Pale Gold with the Lake Norman Blue and let the gold shine through in the recessed areas and carvings!

Step 3 – Apply the first coat of paint to the back, sides and legs.  I used Lake Norman Blue.

Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture
Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture
Lake Norman Blue on the back of the cabinet
Lake Norman Blue on the back of the cabinet

I used a 1/4′ nap roller to apply the blue paint to the back, it is fast and easy.  It is great to use rollers to cover large surfaces fast.  These rollers are available from your Paint Couture Retailer.

Lake Norman Blue in the roller pan ready to apply with the 1/4
Lake Norman Blue in the roller pan ready to apply with the 1/4″ nap roller
Applying Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture to the sides and legs
Applying Lake Norman Blue Paint Couture with a brush

Step 4 – Dry Brush Lake Norman Blue over the Pale Gold Metallic Paint. To achieve a dry brush, dip the tip of the brush into the paint, then remove excess paint onto a piece of cardboard until the brush is almost “dry”.  Since the brush is drier you can paint over the surface of the gold without the paint settling into the crevices; we want the gold to show through.  Let the paint dry about 4 hours.

Close up of dry brushed Lake Norman Blue
Close up of dry brushed Lake Norman Blue over the Pale Gold

Step 5 – Working in on section at a time, apply Black Chiffon Glaze Couture with a brush and remove the glaze with a foam brush.

Applying Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Applying Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Have 2 sizes of Foam Brushes ready to remove the glaze
Have 2 sizes of Foam Brushes ready to remove the glaze
Remove the glaze with the Foam brush by dragging it vertically down the surface
Remove the glaze with the Foam brush by dragging it vertically down the surface
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture on the drawer
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture on the drawer
Removing the Black Chiffon Glaze with the Foam Brush
Removing the Black Chiffon Glaze with the Foam Brush
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture reomved on the cabinet side
Black Chiffon Glaze Couture removed on the cabinet side

Here see the difference between the side that is glazed and the other that is not glazed!

Right Door Glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Right Door Glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze Couture

Once the glaze is removed, let it dry 24 hours.

The finished cabinet:

Lake Norman Blue Cabinet with Pale Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet with Pale Gold and Black Chiffon Glaze Couture
Lake Norman Blue Drawer Detail
Lake Norman Blue Drawer Detail
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet Close Up
Lake Norman Blue Cabinet Close Up

The piece may be topcoat with one of our Couture Topcoats or Lacquer.  Since this piece will not receive a lot of use I chose to just glaze it.  Glaze Couture has a protective quality and is durable; however I always add a topcoat to table tops, coffee tables (to any piece that will receive a lot of use) and 2 coats of topcoat to kitchen cabinets for extra durability.

All of the paints, metallic paints, glazes, brushes and rollers used here are available from your The Couture Collection! Paint Couture Retailer.

http://www.paintcouture.com

Advertisements

Textured Couture Crust Pumpkins

Textured Couture Crust Pumpkins will fit in with both Halloween and Thanksgiving Decor.  I love to make pumpkins this time of year.  I made these pumpkins with Arctic White & Angel Eyes Paint Couture, Brilliant White Metallic, Weathered Wood Glaze and German Glass Glitter.

Couture Pumpkins
Couture Pumpkins

After making these, I was inspired from some mini pumpkins I saw at Michaels

Mini Pumpkins from Michaels
Mini Pumpkins from Michaels

I love the texture and the colors!  So, I thought of a way to create some.

Next I looked for a pumpkin around the studio.  I found a dollar store pumpkin I had painted in a bright purple metallic paint, that would work.

Metallic Painted Purple Pumpkin
Metallic Painted Purple Pumpkin

I dipped into Couture Crust, an acrylic texturing plaster, an rubbed it all over my gloved hands.

Couture Crust on my hands
Couture Crust on my hands

Here comes the fun, better than finger painting, and the kids can do this too, because Couture Crust is water based and cleans up easily with soap and water!

Applying Couture Crust to Pumpkin
Applying Couture Crust to Pumpkin

Wrap your hands around the pumpkin and apply the Couture Crust, easy!  It does not matter what color the pumpkin is, you can cover it with Couture Crust!

Pumpkin Covered with Couture Crust
Pumpkin Covered with Couture Crust

All covered up, now I let it dry.

Next, the paint colors. I chose Abundance, Spanish Sunrise and Vintage Flair Paint Couture to paint my pumpkin.

Abundance, Spanish Sunrise & Vintage Fair Paint Couture Colors
Abundance, Spanish Sunrise & Vintage Fair Paint Couture Colors
Painting with Vintage Flair Paint Couture
Painting with Vintage Flair Paint Couture
Adding some Abundance Paint Couture
Adding some Abundance Paint Couture
Dry Brushed Spanish Sunrise Paint Couture
Dry Brushed Spanish Sunrise Paint Couture

When you dry brush dip the tip of your brush into the paint.  Then rub some paint off of the brush onto cardboard, this makes it a “dry brush”, now lightly apply to the raised crusty areas of the pumpkin, just a little highlight is all you need!

One more step, the stem.  First I used Madagascar Mocha Paint Couture, but it was not dark enough, you can skip that step.  I  thought that Van Dyke Brown Glaze Couture would work better, so I brushed it on the stem.

The Couture Crust painted Pumpkin
The Couture Crust painted Pumpkin

I hope I inspired you!  What will you make?

You can find Retailers who carry these products from The Couture Collection! at http://www.paintcouture.com

Happy painting!

Making a Rose Gold Metallic Furniture Paint

Did you know that you can mix Metallic Paints from The Couture Collection to create a new color?

Today I mixed our Couture Copper with our Brilliant White Metallic Paints to create a “Rose Gold”  This color is being seen this year in Home Decor, accessories and even the new iPhone!

Brilliant White and Couture Copper
Brilliant White and Couture Copper

Here is how to mix it:

two 4 oz. containers of Couture Copper from The Couture Collection!

one 16 oz.container of Brilliant White from The Couture Collection!

Stir metallic paints well, the mica separates from the acrylic base and needs to be stirred well.

I made a sample first of this Rose Gold and I loved it.  You can see it on the molding.

Rose Gold
Rose Gold

I decided to paint a beautiful small table.

The Table Before
The Table Before

First, paint one coat of Peace Paint Couture!  Allow it to dry. The new Zero VOC Paint Couture formula now only takes 4 hours to fully dry.

Painted Table with Peace Paint Couture
Painted Table with Peace Paint Couture

There is our Bali Boo supervising as usual!  Notice that lovely inlay on the table.  I wanted to preserve it so I painted around it.

Next, turn the table upside down and paint the underside first with the new Rose Gold mix.  I find this the best way to paint tables.

Painting Rose Gold over Peace Paint Couture
Painting Rose Gold over Peace Paint Couture

Paint the legs and the sides, then turn the table over to finish painting.

Rose Gold Metallic Paint on the table
Rose Gold Metallic Paint on the table

I wanted to preserve the top but it needed a little something, that is when Champagne Glaze Couture comes in!  This glaze is a very soft metallic glaze and it does the trick!

Champagne Glaze Couture!
Champagne Glaze Couture!

After the glazed dried, I applied one coat of Satin Lacquer Couture on top to give it more shine and durability.  Our Lacquer is a water based, non-yellowing topcoat.  There is no need to wax, and lacquer is more durable than wax and dries very hard!

I used the Lambs Wool Applicator to apply the Satin Lacquer.

Lambs Wool Applicator
Lambs Wool Applicator
Applying Satin Lacquer Couture with the Lambs Wool Applicator
Applying Satin Lacquer Couture with the Lambs Wool Applicator

Pour a little Satin Lacquer into a foam plate and let the applicator soak it up, not too much just enough to wet the applicator.   Keep a brush handy in case there are any drips to wipe off.

Glide the Lambs Wool Applicator flat across the surface
Glide the Lambs Wool Applicator flat across the surface

Glide the Lambs Wool Applicator flat across the surface, from end to end.  Do this twice to make sure to get even coverage, then that is it!  The lacquer should not be overworked, meaning only go across the surface a couple of times, if you keep going over and over it will dry, get stiff and you might have some streaks.  I love the Lambs Wool Applicator because it allows a uniform application and it is easy!

Here she is, full of Rose Gold glamour!

Rose Gold The Couture Collection! Table
Rose Gold The Couture Collection! Table
Satin Lacquer over Champagne Glaze Couture
Satin Lacquer over Champagne Glaze Couture

Thanks for visiting.  You can find Retailers who carry our products at http://www.paintcouture.com

Stay tuned I might add some Gilding Wax to those carvings on the legs…

Abundance Paint Couture! Armoire

Finished Painted Armoire

My armoire is complete!  Paint, a sponged on texture and glaze gives this piece of furniture a beautiful new look!

Remember the before

Armoire before painting

And after…

Paint Couture! Abundance with Embossing Medium and Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
Paint Couture! Abundance with Embossing Medium and Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!

Here is a review of how I redesigned this piece

Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!
Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!
Applying Embossing Medium with a trowel
Applying Embossing Medium with a trowel
Embossing Medium before using Sea Dponge
Embossing Medium before using Sea Sponge
Sea Sponge with tinted Embossing Medium
Sea Sponge with tinted Embossing Medium
Embossing Medium before using Sea Dponge
Embossing Medium before using Sea Sponge
Embossing Medium on right after using the Sea Sponge
Embossing Medium on right after using the Sea Sponge
Applying Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
Applying Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
Using a cotton lint free rag to remove the Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
Using a cotton lint free rag to remove the Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
All natural Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax applied
All natural Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax applied
Hardware is first painted with Abundance Paint Couture! Then Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax applied
Hardware is first painted with Abundance Paint Couture! Then Silver Taffeta Gilding Wax applied
Paint Couture! Abundance with Embossing Medium and Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!
Paint Couture! Abundance with Embossing Medium and Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!

 

A Lady Can Change Her Mind

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and decided to make a change and go in a different direction?  Well, I have on this armoire.  As I was painting the remainder of this piece I kept liking the original colors and not so much the black glaze that was put on the drawers.

  

You can see the glazed drawers as compared to the rest of the piece.  As I was painting another alternative came to me.  Why not let the beauty of this two-toned colored armoire shine through?  I let it sit a couple of days and looked at it every time I walked into the room.  The answer would be to use Weathered Wood Glaze Couture!

  

The entire armoire is painted with Abundance Paint Couture!  The drawers have the layers of tinted Embossing Medium and a color wash of Dream and Angelic Paint Couture! then painted with a coat of Lacquer Couture! and glazed with Black Chiffon Glaze!  Oh my, what was I thinking, that was a lot of steps!  It will be simplified with beautiful results and will be lighter in color when she is finished.  

  

The next step in the new look is to trowel on some tinted Embossing Medium.  It is a plaster specially designed to add texture to furniture.  Embossing Medium is white out of the jar, I tinted it using the Abundance paint at a ratio of 16oz. Embossing Medium to 3 Tablespoons Abundance.  I use a Behr Trowel to apply it, followed by a Sea Sponge.

  

Applying Embossing Medium

  

  

How the first layer of Embossing Medium looks.  Now apply more to create depth and make it pretty with a Sea Sponge.

  

Sea Sponge loaded with Embossing Medium

  

Apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a pouncing motion.  Move it around and soften the plaster.  You do not want high peaks, just layers of soft texture.

  

On the left is the first coat of Embossing Medium applied with a trowel, you can see it is spotty looking.  On the right is the second coat of Embossing Medium applied with the Sea Sponge, much better!

  

On the trim I dragged the Sea Sponge to create a subtle white washed look.  At this point the Sea Sponge had very little material on it, so I pounced and dragged it across the surface.  I loved how this turned out!

  

In a few places I decided to just have paint only, no texture.  Here I am applying Abundance Paint Couture! using the Zibra Square Brush, which is just perfect for this recessed area.

  

Just a little bit more texture on top, then I let it dry before glazing.  I am happy I shortened the process and really like the look, too!

Next, clean and give the hardware a light coat of paint.

  

Hardware before painting

More to come…

Thanks for following along.  Happy Painting! – Micki

A Painting Journey

It began long ago when I was a child, with my parents encouragement I began expressing myself through art by painting, drawing and even sculpting with clay.  My love of art grew with the help of teachers along the way.  I now teach and have my own company with my husband, Mike.  Through teaching at Great Walls Supply and The Couture Collection! I have found my passion for creative expression.

At a Great Walls we have been teaching decorative artists designer wall finishes.  At The Couture Collection! we teach painted furniture and cabinet techniques.  I want to share my love of painting with you!

I had this armoire for about 15 years and she needs an update.  I will use these Paint Couture! Colors: Abundance, Angelic & Dream.  I want to add a little texture to make this piece looked European and aged.  For this I will use Couture Embossing Medium and Glaze Couture!  Let’s get started!

  Remove the hardware.  Put the screws and washers back on the pulls and label which drawer they call home.

   Clean the piece using diluted Simple Green and scrub with terry towel.  No sanding or priming is necessary with Paint Couture! but cleaning is very important for good paint adhesion!  You will be amazed at how dirty your towel will be.  Let it dry and you are ready to paint.

 I plan out my colors.  In my studio all our colors are painted on cabinet doors and displayed on our wall for all to see.  I use small pieces of molding and wood to play with other color combinations, here I mixed Angelic and Dream together to make a soft blue grey, very European looking.  I will use Abundance Paint Couture! as my base paint.  I plan to layer colors.

 Apply Abundance with a good quality brush, I like Zibra brushes.  I am using a Zibra 2″ Sash Brush, great for acrylic paints!  Paint Couture! is a 100% acrylic paint and very durable.  It goes on smooth and dries flat with no brush marks.  It is more durable than a chalk type paint and easy to use!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

Wet Abundance Paint Couture!

  Dry to the touch in about an hour.  Because I will be distressing this piece I can now go on to the next step.  If I am just painting and glazing I wait 24 hours between coats.

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Mix 16 oz Embossing Medium with 3 tablespoons Abundance Paint Couture!

Use a Behr Trowel or a plastic Bondo applicator to apply the tinted Embossing Medium
Use a Behr Trowel to apply the tinted Embossing Medium

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

Now apply the colored Embossing Medium with the Behr Trowel.

To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge.  This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
To add more depth now apply the tinted Embossing Medium with a Sea Sponge. This will create more texture build up that will look very natural!
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface.  Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Apply tinted Embossing Medium with Sea Sponge by pouncing on the surface. Do not get thick, move the product around so you have some light texture.
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
Drawer shown with texture from Embossing Medium
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
When the Embossing Medium has dried, mix Angelic and Dream Paint Couture! in a 1 to 1 ratio.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer.  I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I dipped my paint brush in water, then into the paint and spread the mixture across the drawer. I added more water to make this a Color Wash.  A Color Wash is thin and you can see through it to the base color.
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!
I put the drawer back to see if I liked the progress!

Continued…

Next post will be about Distressing Painted Furniture and Glazing.

Thanks for stopping by…Happy Painting – Micki

Distressing Painted Furniture

 I will continue today taking you through the steps for my painted armoire, and do a little sideline about distressing furniture.  Here I am doing Wet Distressing.  Instead of sand paper I use a dampened Scotch Brite sponge.   Wet Distressing allows you more control over removing paint, and there is no dust from sanding!

You will need a container of water and Scotch Brite scrub sponges, I like the yellow version.  Buy the good brand, not imitations, because those less expensive brands fall apart quickly and can shed on your work.

 Taking a little side trip to show you Wet Distressing on a cabinet door I painted.  This door is base painted in Lake Norman Signature Blue Paint Couture!, which I let dry overnight, then painted with Spanish Sunrise.

 Let the blue base coat dry about 24 hours, otherwise it will remove too easily with the damp sponge.  You can let it dry longer if desired.

I painted the second coat with Spanish Sunrise.  You can see it is not perfect, and that is fine because I am going to distress it!

After The Spanish Sunrise has dried about 1 hour, use the damp yellow sponge side and begin dragging it across the surface.  Gentle pressure at first, until you get the feel for it and see the results you want.  Do you see the blue coming through?  This is an easy and fun technique!

 To remove more paint turn the sponge over and use the green scrub side!

Now back to my armoire drawers…  Distressing just around the edges.  I am not going for the heavily distressed shabby look here, but a time worn European look.

 Be careful not to dip the sponge in your coffee!

 I placed the drawer pulls back on just to check the look (just lay them down no need to screw them back in yet).

See how the paint looks worn away a bit behind the handles, this is where hands have gripped those pulls over the years.

 I am happy with the look and so is my little cutie, Bali Boo.

 Next I apply 1 coat of Lacquer Couture! Dead Flat.  This is a water based top coat and I sometimes use it as a “barrier coat” in between paint and glaze.  Why?  I want to use Black Chiffon Glaze Couture!, but I want it to appear lighter.  The coat of lacquer will prevent the glaze from grabbing the paint and will keep the glaze  color lighter.

 Apply the lacquer with a good quality soft brush.  I am using the Zibra Sash Brush.  Let the lacquer dry 4 hours.

Next apply Black Chiffon Glaze Couture! With a chip brush.  Put on a good medium thick layer.  You want the glaze to be wet.

 Use a lint free cotton rag to remove the glaze, you will need several.  I have found the best lint free rags sold from Porter Paints.  I wash them and use them over and over.  Scrunch up the rag and blot the glaze off.  This is called “ragging off”.  You can also use a cheesecloth to remove the glaze for this technique.  You will have a few minutes to remove the glaze.  Do not over work it, you will feel it start to dry and become sticky, then you know it is time to stop.

Allow the glaze to dry 24 hours.

This is an inspiration piece I found on Pinterest from http://laurelberninteriors.com.  It is a style called Gustavian Swedish Style.  If you like it follow my Board called Swedish Decor

Painted and glazed armoire drawers using Paint Couture! and Glaze Couture!
Painted and glazed armoire drawers using Paint Couture! and Glaze Couture!

 

Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!
Abundance Paint Couture! first coat being painted on armoire. No priming, no sanding!

More to come, thanks for visiting!  Happy Painting! – Micki