What I love about this design is that you don’t have to bend over every time you need to move the stool. And being 5’2″, I need to use a stool pretty often. The tall handle with a hole also makes it possible to hang the stool from a shaker peg.
For this faux finish I am painting three colors of paint: an ochre base color, a light gray, and a white.
I am trying a new technique that I discovered from Miss Mustard Seed that uses vaseline as a paint resist. Dab on the vaseline where you don’t want the paint to stick, and then paint over it with your topcoat and let it completely dry.
At this point you can take a sponge or cloth and wipe over these areas. As you can see, the paint peels off, revealing the under paint color. The effect is much like a real chipped off finish. Whereas I like the look, I think that I over did the vaseline. I didn’t want this much paint to come off. So I went back and repainted some areas, and added another technique, crackle medium.
I add the dark brown antique wax on top of the crackle, so that it seeps into the crevices, accentuating the crackling. Much more what I was looking for.
The last step is wiping on and buffing a soft furniture wax, which gives the top coat of paint a uniform look and protects all the effects. I am using the Miss Mustard Seed brand of furniture waxes which do not have a chemical smell. They are so soft and easy to apply. I love the semi-matte sheen of the finished piece.
I really love playing with paint, and creating my own antiques. I love having actual antiques, but it is rare for me to find a piece that works just right in size and color and price tag. So being a thrifty crafter, I make my own. And besides, for a working stool, it really is important that it is sturdy and not rickety.
What is wonderful about painting furniture is that I can repaint anytime I want a change. For instance, this stool would also be exciting in an old red. What do you think?
Have a creative day ~ Karen