After I completed my last piece, I took several pictures and after I viewed them it suddenly occurred to me how much this piece looks like the wardrobe in Disney’s, “Beauty and The Beast”.
I did not notice this before I painted it, and I also failed to take before pictures, something I have a habit of doing. It was just another stained piece like many other pieces of furniture with nothing interesting about it other than it’s shape. It had “good bones”, which lent itself well to being painted to bring out the character of it’s “good bones”.
This bachelor’s chest has been in my vintage shop for about three months, and I finally got around to painting it. During the three months that it was waiting, I contemplated many times what I would do with it, the color or colors that I would paint it, the details I would add. I like to let a piece tell me what it wants. I know, sounds weird, but it’s only weird if it doesn’t work. I enjoy creating faux details and this piece was telling me to use Glacage Embossing Creme. It comes in 5 wood toned colors. I chose walnut as it matched the piece perfectly.
After the first coat of paint has been applied and allowed to dry, apply Glacage by spreading it through a stencil. I like to use a temporary spray adhesive to avoid any bleed through behind the stencil design and painters tape to secure in place. To spread the product, I prefer using a gift card because it is more flexible than a credit card and it works well for this purpose, but you can use a putty knife or whatever instrument for spreading that works for you.
I don’t worry too much about imperfections as it does not have to be completely smooth. After it dries thoroughly, in approximately 5 or 6 hours, sand lightly to knock the edges off and apply your final coat of paint. Once the paint dries, distress lightly by sanding to reveal the detail of the applied motif, which now looks as if it were part of the original wood detail on the piece. Presenting a piece with all the charm and beauty of Disney’s, “Beauty and the Beast”…
Inspiring your vintage lifestyle,