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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Painting it to look Old



Ok, as usual I forgot to take a pic. I started with a white pitcher that was cracked and had turned brown in spots. I have several white pitchers, so I thought I would try something different and see if I could cover up the cracks. I had these colors of paint on hand, so I decided they would do. A bright sunshine yellow, grass green and clear.


First I painted the bottom half in the yellow and the top half in the green. We're going for an old hand done look, so deliberately leave some drips in places.


Next I took my MinWax Walnut stain and sponged some on and dabbed it off with a rag, leaving it heavy in some places and lighter in others, and kind of streaking the two.


Next, a second coat of the stain to make it really dark on the green in places.


Wait just until it is dry to the touch, but don't let it cure dry. Then start spraying several coats of the clear. You can see that it makes the heavy stain crackle. When it was totally dry, I took an old really soft scotch brite and lightly wiped it down to smooth it out a little. Next spray on a couple more coats of the clear for a really smooth and glossy finish.


I really like the way it turned out. Just the colors that I love.




So instead of throwing the pitcher away, I experimented and had fun, plus I wound up having a pitcher that I really like. So dig out your paints and transform something, it is just so much fun.

49 comments:

  1. Marty that is so cool!!! It looks like a really expensive piece of pottery or something. Awesome!! :)

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  2. I really love how this turned out! Love the effect you created!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  3. Looks beautiful, Marty! I love the technique you used.

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  4. It looks like you bought it that way. Good job.

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  5. Came out great...looks like it was made that way originally.

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  6. Marty, you are amazing! This turned out so gorgeous. It looks great in your shelf.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Really? I thought it was old when I first saw it on your shelf! What a fantastic transformation!

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  8. I love this idea for your pitcher and this would also work for lamps, bowls, and planting pots. I painted a ginger jar lamp with gold spray paint and then lightly sponged on a brown stain, when it was dry I lightly sprayed on a clear coat for a little shine. It turned out fabulous like the ones in the store. Tried it on hanging lamps and picture frams. I'm going to try your idea for some pots I have. Thanks

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  9. This is one of the most fab how-tos I've ever seen...Kudos my friend, this is great!!!

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  10. Turned out Pretty! You did a great job. I would have never thought to do that.

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  11. Wow, you did a fabulous job. It looks really old world. I love it! I'm so happy I stumbled across your blog. You have such great decorating ideas.

    Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

    Gigi

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  12. Oh gosh.. it looks beyond pretty.. Thats a fabulous job done!!

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  13. Marty, that is a beautiful paint job, and hand done by you. A truly unique work of art.

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  14. Oh, Marty, how gorgeous! You just amaze me with what you create.
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  15. I recently tried to do this on a blue cake plate I had. :( It did not turn out as lovely as your pitcher. Well done!

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  16. Marty this really turned out great! Lovin' the colors:@)

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  17. You had me scared at first with that green, but wow! The end result is amazing! I love it!

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  18. Great job! That turned out wonderful! Very pretty and looks great on your shelf too!

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  19. Wow that's gorgeous, Marty. You did a magnificent work of art. Talk about recycle and reuse. You took it to another level. The colors in the pitcher are great for Autumn.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  20. Marty, you are a genius! That looks like an old piece of pottery - wow! Beautiful! Linda

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  21. Now this really impresses me. I'm making a note of the products that you used, and I'm going to give this a try. I'll find some old piece at a garage sale and go to work. Super duper idea! Thank you for sharing it. Cherry Kay

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  22. Beautifuuul!!!
    Kisses nad nice weekend.

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  23. You are so incredibly talented! This is amazing, it looks like an antique piece of stoneware! Thank you for this idea and instructions...
    Hugs, Donna

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  24. Marty, you are so clever! What an awesome look, I love it!

    Nancy

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  25. Wow Marty! I am speechless!
    Your pitcher looks like a fine piece of very expensive pottery.
    It's beautiful. I can't wait to try your technique.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  26. That is so cool, Marty! Thanks for the instructions....Christine

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  27. I absolutely love the way your pitcher looks!! It's gorgeous!!

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  28. Fabulous! I really like the final outcome. La

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  29. Gorgeous! It looks like it came right off the pages of a Southern Living Magazine!

    ~Misti

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  30. Marty, this looks great! I would have never thought about that! Nice job, thanks for sharing!

    Katherine

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  31. Marty,
    Looks elegant and regal now!
    Awesome job! Thanks for sharing!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  32. Marty, This is awesome! I am saving this technique for a future project.
    xo, Sherry

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  33. Wow it turned out so nicely -I had no idea where you were going with this project when you first showed the spray paint colors -but you went your creativity and created a keepsake :-)

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  34. Sooooo cool! It looks great Marty. I get that crackling when I spray sometimes, but it's not on purpose, and it looks pretty gross :) Your pitcher is amazing....

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  35. You are really clever. What a terrific outcome.

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  36. Oh my gosh, that is so cool.....you are so brave and it looks terrific!!!! Gotta try that.....hugs, cleo

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  37. You are a genius!!! I have been wanting some old looking pottery pieces with this kind of look, but they are more than I want to pay. You did a fabulous job and I am so going to copy you!

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  38. Unreal Marty!
    That is gorgeous! Your such a bloggy trendsetter. Soon we will all be trying it!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  39. Beautiful posting!
    But I especially love the quote by your mother! What a very wise lady! A stroll thru life...yes, that is indeed what we do.
    Thanks!
    Ann
    www.stnicholasandchristmas.com

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  40. Your pitcher turned out beautifully. I never would have guessed that this was a DIY Project. It looks like handmade pottery!

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  41. You're so clever! Who would have thought it would look like hand-thrown pottery? What foresight you have. Have a great week. Sally

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  42. Marty that really turned out great, just like when you did the garden stool, you are one clever lady, Love ya,Kathysue

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  43. You did a great job! I love to experiment with paint techniques!

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  44. Holy Macaroni!! I love that and am saving this whole post to my file on decorating so that I can TRY... Try, mind you... to replicate that on something. I love it!

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  45. That is such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing, you are so creative!

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