So, I have all this wonderful ASCP and wax. It’s just sitting there. Waiting. And I haven’t used it. Yet! Why? Because I don’t want to waste it! It’s EXPENSIVE! I ordered 2 of Annie’s books, which will be here Thursday. Once I’ve had a chance to flip through them, I’ll be all over that ASCP! Like paint on wood! <----- That was bad.
In the meantime, I still have furniture to paint. And I wanted to experiment. So here’s what I did. I grabbed some Behr Ultra Premium Plus, in a blue, dumped it into a jar (about a cup or so) then I added some Non-Sanded Grout. How much? Ummm…a bit? Probably a couple table spoons full. I didn’t measure. Added some water and mixed it all up. The paint went on surprisingly well. Thick and smooth. I only applied a single coat. If I was going for a more refined look, I would have applied a second, light coat.
Almost forgot the before!
Once it was dry, the paint was pretty rough feeling. Remember, this is basically chalkboard paint. So I lightly sanded the whole piece with 220. Nice and smooth. Then I lightly distressed the entire thing. But that wasn’t the look I was going for? I wanted more age. Off to orange.
I found some Behr Faux Glaze and thought, sure - why not? I didn’t want the entire quart mixed one color though. So, I grabbed a small tester bottle of a dark green. I mixed about 1.5 cups of the glaze with most of the sample bottle color. I just dumped them into a glass jar. I applied it pretty heavily to the whole piece. But only one section at a time. I wiped off any extra with a wet rag. Voila! That’s the look I wanted!
I did run into a problem. I’m not sure what caused it? With my crazy recipes, it could be anything. Here’s the problem. While wiping the excess glaze off, several areas of paint peeled away where I had distressed. Really. It just wiped right off? And if I rubbed hard enough in any spot, it would wipe off. My answer (not the correct one) was to just add more glaze to darken the area. But in reality, it could cause a ton of problems on a piece. But my point is - crazy experiment = success! On the cheap!
And yet again, all iPhone pictures. I just can’t seem to remember to bring my camera. Or maybe, I’m just not expecting anything photo worthy? I’m just happy to have pictures to share.
Would you be willing to try one of these crazy recipes to save a few bucks vs. ASCP?