The secret to finding a hidden treasure is not being shy about experimenting with an old unfurnished piece of furniture. Shown here is the delightful result of mixing techniques and colors to come up with a totally fresh look that turns an ordinary piece into an unexpected pleasure. It’s quick and easy to do, yet it captures the imagination with its charm and touch of whimsy.
- McCloskey Special Effects Base Coat tinted Ivory and Yellowstone
- McCloskey Special Effects Mocha Translucent Color Glaze
- McCloskey Special Effects Porcelain Crackle Glaze
- McCloskey Water Base Polyurethane finish
- 2" wide Painter’s Tape
- Foam Brush
- Clean Rag
- Drop Cloth
- Tape Measure
- Apply primer to the properly prepared surface. When dry, apply McCloskey Special Effects Base Coat in Ivory Hue. Allow to dry completely.
- With a pencil and a level, measure the surface of your piece and then mark strips at appropriate intervals. 2" wide stripes were used on this piece. Next, apply painter’s tape to mask off the stripes you do not wish to paint. These will remain stripes of Ivory Hue. Paint the untaped area with McCloskey Special Effects Yellowstone Base Coat. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
- With a foam paintbrush, apply an even coat of McCloskey Special Effects Porcelain Crackle glaze to the entire surface. A thicker layer of glaze will produce more pronounced cracks. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
- Using a clean, dry cloth, rub the surface with Mocha Translucent Color Glaze. This will fill and darken the cracks, creating an antiqued look.
- After the finish has dried completely, approximately 72 hours, protect the finish with a top coat of McCloskey Water Base Polyurethane finish.