Now that's what I'm talking about!! I layered paint colors as I love to do and also used an accent color on some detail. I dry brushed on Mocha instead of using a colored wax to "age" and give character, then it was all clear waxed!
Why not use it for a flat screen TV stand...and there's a TON of storage - out of sight out of mind!! I am loving this now perfectly shabby piece!!
Painstakingly, I removed the brown paper backing so I could reinsert a photograph. Finally, I ripped out the print and got to work! There were some dents and chips that needed to be filled on the frame, but my sister knew that was not going to stop me!! After the filling was complete and dry, I got out my beloved HTP chalk paint.
I simply used two colors...one around the outer and inner frame areas and another color in the center of the two, using a paint brush. I wanted to create depth. Then I white washed for detail and rubbed with a dry rag for a textured effect!! After some clear wax to protect it - I had to insert a photograph pronto!!
This is a photograph I took of graffiti in Italy - in a tunnel in Cinque Terre I took on my hike!! GORGE, isn't it?
I first spray painted them with a paint/primer since I knew this OLD porous wood would soak up my precious HTP paint! After a quick spray paint that I did in my backyard (love the blue grass!), I then brushed on my HTP chalk paint to give a nice texture. I then distressed to bring back the OLD!!!
Well, the picture of the other ladder is most likely in files in my other computer..so the second picture gives you just a peek of it behind the side table. But, you get the idea!
I also have a small ladder in my hallway (red and black) and another small ( gray and white) one on my front porch!! I warn you, ladders are addicting!!
I got out my amazing HTP paints and got to work after a quick cleaning!!
I painted the top with a mixture of blues and the shelves were painted with a brown and gray mix!! I stenciled the No 4 with a yellow, then I dry brushed A la mode to give it depth!! A quick top coat and there you have it!! Wish I had better pics but you can see the basics!!
But I can't - so here is second best - improvise an ugly chandelier to whatever your aesthetic is. As you know, mine is organic! I love birds and nests, so I used that, as well as some burlap, to cover the chain!! It was a QUICK fix...I plan to take my time to improve it, but the HOLIDAYS are coming - so you know I'll change everything around for the season!! Here is a quick peek...(my granddaughter Chloe painted the one large bird - it's FAB - just like her!!!)