Sunday 9 June 2013

Welcome back France Papillon #1 Distress Those Chest Of Drawers ....

 "Tonight's project is all about the step by step transformation of a plain wooden substrate into something not only practical, but something beautiful to look at".

Let me take you through step by step .... 

1. First, I carefully removed the knobs from the drawers.

2. I filled the holes with Grunge Paste, to flatten the surface again and left it to dry.

3. Once my first layer of Mud SplatFresco was dry (which I roughly applied with a brush), I applied a thin layer of Crackle Glaze with a palette knife. I left that aside to dry too.

4. Meanwhile, I prepared some Kraft Paper to cover the inside of the drawers.

5. I than applied a thin layer of Ice BlueFresco with a piece of Cut N Dry. (I can only refer to Leandra’s super duper Crackle Glaze video HERE for the how to!) Once the magic had worked and the cracking was done, I roughly worked the surface with a sanding grip.

6. Use a blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to accentuate the distressed look.

7. I placed my kraft paper inside the drawer for a finished look.
8. Using my sanding grip again, I cleaned the knobs from all glue residues.

9. I glued it to a pencil with a glue dot, so that I could colourize it with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint without having paint all over my fingers. Once dry, I added a generous layer of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

10. Using Tacky glue, I placed the knobs back on the drawers.

11. I stamped the text from Ink and The Dog Collcetion (Backgrounds Plate 2) on the top and the ledger from Backgrounds Plate 2 on the side, with Coffee Archival Ink.

Now for the little embellishment:

1. I started by mixing some Grunge Paste with Stone and Holly Fresco Paint.

2. I then used a palette knife to apply it to the wooden frame.

3. Once dried, I added some brown accents with Melted Chocolate Dylusions Ink.

4. I stamped the "text" from Backgrounds Plate 2 with Coffee Archival Ink along with the Wings 1 image using Black Archival Ink onto a piece of Smoothy White Stamping Card, I then added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to cut down the white.

5. The heart is made of cold china paste and colorized with Blood Orange and Claret Fresco Paint. I also added a thin layer of Crackle Glaze on top to make it a bit shinier.

{A close up of the Crackle Glaze effect}

I hope you have enjoyed my first project of the week. I would be delighted if you could join me this week in the GD challenge. To upload/share your inspired creativity, click HERE.

 See you all again tomorrow evening. France x

Leandra Says: Wonderful 1st project France, you have nailed the crackle/aged/distressed look perfectly. Those stamps are ideal for this project. Love the faux patina feel to the little wooden embellie frame.

Gillian Says: You have captured the distressed look amazingly well France, love the mix of paints/inks you used to achieve this look .... Ice Blue is the perfect colour for such a project. Love it muchly. x


Carol Q said...

That's so cool! Wonderful distressed effect on the drawers and the wooden frame as a picture is brilliant!

Lin said...

Beautiful just beautiful..I love browns and blues together and the crackle is perfect!! Gorgeous little set of drawers!

Helen said...

wow, what a lovely distressed look to that little chest... welcome back,France!!

Julie Lee said...

I love the blue and the distressed look to this piece! Loads of inspiration here, looking forward to playing along with France again! xx Julie Ann

Kathi said...

Wow. That's outstanding. Gorgeous piece!

Anonymous said...

I love it, the crackles look fantastic.

Craftyfield said...

Welcome back France ! A great start of this week's inspiration.

Rebecca said...

Lovely work as ever :)
Happy craftin

jojo79 said...

Lovely project


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous project France ! Love the little frame ! Sue C x

ionabunny said...

What a lovely little piece. Great tutorial.

craftimamma said...

Fabulous distressing and love the little picture frame.

Lesley Xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

Love these drawers, scrummy distress! Trace x

Minxy said...

Utterly lush, distressed to perfection xo

Kay Wallace said...

Absolutely love this project, France, and it came out beautifully! Love the blue/brown color palette, and the detail is perfect for a "vintage" piece! Well done!

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous antique crackle look - what a gorgeous start to the week!
Alison x

Alison said...

Gorgeous antiquing France, & I love the tiny frame!
Alison x

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow awesome creation, the crackle effect is amazing :-) Kezzy xxx