In Distress; Fireplace Mantel

April at The Painted Cupboard has a very great looking shabby chic/distressed technique that I loved when I saw it.  Check it out!

Yes, it is finally finished…I can hardly believe it myself!!! And I must be CRAZY for showing these awful pictures but, here is a sneak peak anyway…These pictures were taken in my garage with terrible lighting so it is really hard to see the true paint color ( more of a taupe/khaki) and finish. As soon as it is moved into the master bedroom, I will take and re post new ones.
As far as the finish goes…I love it! As I stated in an earlier post, I was trying a new technique and was a little worried about it and although, it isn’t exactly like the Caromal Colours finish, I am very pleased.
So, how did I do it??
I sanded, cleaned and prepped it.
  1. I cut to size Luan (very thin wood) and wood glued it to cover the more ornate details along the front sides – it was a little too fancy for me.
  2. I then wiped Minwax Paste Wax over the areas where I wanted the wood to show through after the final sanding ( it helps to make the paint look like it is “chipping” off).
  3. I “smooshed”, “glopped” on or whatever you want to call it, the first coat or base coat of paint. I used Linen milk paint by General Finishes. You can find it on the Internet or Four Chairs in Lindon, Utah. *It actually looked like I had let my kids paint it!
  4. I then brushed 2 more coats of the same Linen paint to make sure I had even coverage.
  5. I applied another round of paste wax to the areas where I wanted the base coat to peak through from under the topcoat.
  6. I then put 2 coats of the topcoat Rittenhouse Ivory by Old Village Paints, again from Four Chairs.
  7. After it had dried and “cured” for a day or 2, I sanded and distressed it using a hammer and nail to make “worm holes” and “nicks and dings” paying particular attention to where normal wear would occur. I really wanted this to look like it had been around for a long time and had several layers of paint underneath.
  8. I applied Old Dad’s Old World Stain like a glaze…leaving it in all the “nooks and crannies” to make it look old and aged.
  9. Finally, I put 3 coats of General Finishes polyurethane on for added protection.


After the distressed fireplace mantel makeover :

What do you think?


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