When I was little, Nonna’s garage was a mysterious and unknown place where I wasn’t allowed because it was too cluttered and not safe for little girls. I spent my entire life wondering what was in that garage. Really.
So, a couple of years ago when I went over there to help my parents clean out Nonna’s home, I asked to go in the garage. Dad had already started cleaning it out, but there was still so much to see.
Art, lampshades, vintage toys, memorabilia, dishes…lots and lots of dishes. That’s where I got the ironstone and Fiestaware.
And it’s where Mom found these little yellow stools.
She showed them to me and asked me if I would paint them for her. “Just do what you do,” she instructed.
I’m gonna make it do what it do, baby. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
I needed a little more guidance, so one day when Mom and I were shopping, I asked her to point out an inspiration piece. I decided a color wash with chalky finish paint would be the best way to get the look she wanted.
These stools were very dirty from years and years of being in the garage. So, first things first, I cleaned them with a little dish soap and water.
Now, it was time for the first coat.
It took two coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting to cover the yellow.
Next I painted on a coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Primitive. While it was still wet, I sprayed it with a water bottle, then wiped off the paint with a paper towel.
See the difference in the color washed (front) stool and the other stool (back)?
You can also create a wash just by mixing the paint with a little water, but the instructor of the workshop I took suggested that the water bottle method gives you a little more control.
Next, I brushed on a coat of clear wax with a small chip brush, then wiped off the excess and buffed it to a shine with a clean, white cloth.
Normally, I raid my husband’s t-shirt drawer and cut up one of his t-shirts (which he hasn’t seemed to notice.) I felt bad about taking yet another one of his t-shirts, so this time, I decided to try a flour sack cloth that I had on hand, and it worked well.
To create a little more depth, I used that same brush to apply dark wax on the edges and crevices of the stools. I used the cloth to wipe it off, creating a subtle, layered effect.
Once again, here are the stools before.
And now, after.
You can see the dark wax in the crevice on the stool legs.
And, I absolutely love the color variation created by color washing. It’s such an easy way to create depth.
Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, A.C. Moore and other stores. Or, you can order it through my Amazon affiliate link, Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.
See you in class,