How to paint this easy DIY wall decor
Creative home decor doesn't have to be hard to do nor does it have to break the bank. There are so many ways to turn cheap thrift store or flea market finds into chippy goodness. Today I am going to show you a really easy creative home decor DIY.
May I introduce you to my dirty towel and my $.050 old wooden deco piece that I found at the thrift store yesterday. I know, neither are pretty, but, we're going to fix one of them because the towel is honestly beyond repair. This piece was painted before and yet drab enough to end up in the 50c bin at the thrift store. So let's turn this baby into some fabulous wall decor!
Note: I am, what we call a "messy painter". That means I don't necessarily like perfectly painted pieces. I like things that are messy, crackled, chipped and show their age, hence the name Chippie Vintage. It's just my style and the way I express myself. I understand it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is mine! Judith is my name and grunge is my game. Having that said, let's get this project done!
Supplies needed for this wall decor project
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- Dixie Belle Cotton
- Dixie Belle Putty
- Dixie Belle Vintage Duck Egg
- Dixie Belle Savannah Mist
- Dixie Belle Colonel Mustard
- Dixie Belle Warm Gold Gilding Wax
- Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax Grunge Gray
- Chip Brush
The base coat
Since this piece has lots of curves and creases that water can get under, I decided to simply clean it with a duster instead of cleaning it with white lightning which I normally do.
I dabbed on the first coat of Cotton to have a nice and light background on this piece. I didn't cover every nook and cranny because there are more layers coming that will do that. One coat of Cotton was enough for this piece.
The second layer
You don't want to do any brush strokes with a 3D piece like this. You want to stipple the paint wherever you want it so it adds texture to the piece.
The 3rd layer
Vintage Duck Egg and Savannah Mist are very similar colors, one being a bit lighter than the other. I blended the two together by stippling first Vintage Duck Egg and after that (with the same brush, no rinsing) the Savannah Mist, so the colors are blending together. Once it's dry you can see the difference better.
A pop of color
When you work with neutral colors, a piece like this can look very bland quickly. In order to make it interesting, add a little pop of color and some wax to create depth and detail. In this case, I added some Colonel Mustard and you can see how it immediately changes the look of the piece. I misted it with water and let the colors run together for a good blend.
Adding the finishing touches
With a very small brush, I applied the Grunge Gray Best Dang Wax in the nooks and crannies of this piece and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I grabbed a clean and dry chip brush and faded it out in the corners to create depth.
After that, I applied the Warm Gold Gilding Wax with my finger on the very top of the piece. It's like dry brushing with your finger. You only need a little bit and you very sparsely add it to the top. These little details will make your piece stand out.
After applying the waxes to create detail and depth, I let the piece dry completely. I often go back in to add a little more here and there until I am completely happy with it. If you take a good look at the picture, you can see all the layers. You still see a little bit of the Cotton and the Putty, with Vintage Duck Egg, Savannah Mist layered over it, a pop of Colonel Mustard along with the waxed details.
Voila! Your creative home decor wall hanging is done! I don't add a finish over it because it doesn't need it. But if you would want to put a finish over it I would choose Clear Coat Matte, so it doesn't get too shiny. Isn't it amazing how you can give a 50c find a simple makeover and take it from drab to fab? Let me know if you are going to try this and email me a picture so I can feature you on my social media!
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