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Sunday, July 15, 2012

I Definitely Need More Practice

I have drooled over all the ASCP makeovers all over blogland, but I havn't had anything to paint for a while.  I had this little sample pot of Graphite by ASCP so when I found this cute little pic at GW, I thought the frame could use a little makeover and the Graphite would be just the ticket.

Love the cow and the sheep and the letters painted on glass.  I hung it over the stove and definitely think it needs something.


 See the frame is just a yellow paint color and not really pretty.


 Out came my ASCP paint and I got to work and then distressed it a little.  Next I used clear past wax and buffed away.  Well, I can't say this is my favorite look.


 I hung it back up over the stove and still thought it was actually kind of ugly.


 I don't know a lot about distressing, but this looked so flat and blah, so I grabbed my favorite remedy for everything, Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and went over the entire piece.  I also grabbed a red marker and highlighted a few areas.  Seems like it had a lot more depth now and a lot more character.


 See some of the red.


 Back up on the wall.  Well it is still under consideration.  Better but not my favorite by far.  Thank goodness it is only paint so I can start over with something else.


 I will live with it for a while and see what I think.  One thing for sure, when it comes to these kind of finishes, I definitely need a ton more practice.



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26 comments:

  1. Oh I think it looks marvellous! But I know what you mean and if it isn't really your taste, you need to change it. I can't tell you how many projects I've done over (and over) because I didn't like the look of them! lol

    What if you painted white over the top and distressed it heavily so that the black shows through? Just a thought.

    Have a lovely week! xox

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  2. I think you did a great job Marty - the red marker was a clever idea! But, I am amazed at what people can do with paint - they make it look so easy, don't they?! I know you will eventually find the right "Marty" touch for your sweet picture! Jane

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  3. Sometimes you just need to keep looking at something and then the light bulb will go off and you will make it perfect for YOU! I kinda liked it the way it was originally, but I'm easy to please :)

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  4. I love the distressed look. I am getting ready to paint our porch furniture, but this extreme heat we are having is stopping me for now. It will get done though.

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  5. Not bad, Marty. I think that you usually have a more refined look. I always think of you as having a kind of pristine, clean-cut sort of look, if that makes sense. I like it- but maybe it is just not you? I am not 100% sold on the chalk paint look yet myself- xo Diana

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  6. Hi Marty! I think your little frame looks great! I've still never used the ASCP.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  7. Hmmmm....I think it is too dark....just a thought here...lightly go over it with white and then let the dark show thru...see if you like that better. Another reason why I don't paint things!

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  8. I love what you did with the frame. If you don't like the look, I don't think there is anything wrong with your print. Maybe you might like something bigger in that space? Any way, it looks great to me. And I know what you mean, about trying one thing, then tweaking it, and tweaking some more.

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  9. I rather like the black on the frame. Do you not care for it because it is flat looking? Spray it with a satin finish like Deft. That will give it a more polished look.

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  10. You are a brave lady and always up for a challenge, I like that about you!!! This is not my favorite look on the dark wall, maybe go over it with white and sand it down so the black peeks through, or use your other favorite....Rub n Buff....just a tad......all this advice from someone who NEVER paints anything!!! hugs....cleo

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  11. I kinda like it! I think the print needed the darker frame.....I would probably not use it on the dark wall though.
    And that's my 2 cents. :)

    ~Liz

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  12. hi nice post thanks for sharing...just found your blog thrue others blog comments looking for to visit more...blessings

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  13. I haven't tried chalkpaint but I sure have painted a lot of frames. I agree with Liz. Maybe the wall's too dark. The dark frame looks good with the picture!

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  14. I think it looks great with the print, Marty! Maybe the color is not sitting right with you more so than the distressing. Neat idea to add the touches of red.

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  15. I think you did a fabulous job, Marty !! And, I'm sure this is only the beginning of many painted pieces you'll be having fun with. :)

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  16. Marty, I think you did a great job with this frame. I am also trying to learn how to do these paint techniques that people are doing nowadays and I am sure having a hard time with it. I just can not figure it out. I am in the process of redoing my daughter's armoire and I just can not get it right. Still looking for some kind of tutorial! :)

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  17. I think this came out great. You did a good job.

    Cynthia

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  18. I am considering painting a frame using a crackle medium and I am also painting some concrete blocks. I like how you added some red accents to your frame.

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  19. I agree with Liz...I like the dark frame much better than the yellow but I'm not sure it looks good on the dark wall...I love your blog...usually look at it everyday to see what new thing you have posted...take care.

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  20. I like the print, but I agree maybe the frame is too dark for the wall. I haven't used ASCP. I know it is all the rage in bloggyland, but I stay to my time tested ways of painting. I like the distressed look. Keep trying you will have the look you want. Hugs, Karie

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  21. Marty,
    I've not done any distressing yet either, I do like how you did yours by adding the stain and also the addition of the red marker. I think it gives it a neat effect. I have a mirror in my kitchen that I've been contemplating distressing, it will probably be my first project to try this method out on.

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  22. I really like the makeover... it's exactly what I would have done. I've never thought of using a red marker to highlight, but it worked beautifully. Now I have another trick up my sleeve...Thank You!

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  23. I have never used Chalk paint. Weird am I. I did paint an enormous tray turquoise and it sold rapidly on consignment.

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  24. I rather like the distressed look of the frame and the different layering of paint. I'm loving how you used the red marker to highlight and add character...and it compliments the picture beautifully:) But paint is so forgiving, if you are not happy you can always change it.Have a wonderful week, Marty!Hugs,Poppy

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