Hi everyone! It’s Connie from Faff Designs! Some pieces have beautiful bones and I love finishing them in a more simplistic style. This is one of them…Let’s get started!
First, thoroughly clean with White Lightning. The water damage and stains on the top did sand out which I was super pleased about as the tone of the pine is beautiful.
Next, I wanted to create a custom mix of green. I wanted a deep colour but still with some vibrancy and clout! Therefore, I chose Tree Frog Green and Midnight Sky for a two colour mix. Then, I kept adding Midnight Sky into Tree Frog Green until I had the dark green I was looking for. I couldn’t tell you the exact measurements as I usually mix colours by eye. However, I can tell you that the initial colour I mixed wasn’t dark enough once I had applied it onto the piece. Therefore, I added some more Midnight Sky for the second coat!
Anyway, I am getting ahead of myself! Once I’d mixed the custom green, I decanted some paint into a container and added some water. I wanted to apply my paint in thinner washes and layer the paint up. The main reason for this is because I knew I was going to distress this piece for a rustic vibe but also because building up washes of colour can really add depth to the finish.
Next, I applied the watered down paint or wash with a premium chip brush as it adds to the rustic, aged vibe I was looking for. I built the layers up and used 4 coats for pretty much full coverage. I left some areas thinner – like around the drawer edges so that these would distress back differently to the rest of the piece.
To read the rest of this rustic tutorial, head on over to Faff Designs here!