Happy Monday! Some people do not like Mondays but I do. I like to think of Mondays the same way that I think of the new year. The start of the year is so full of excitement and hope and so is my Monday. This Monday, I am kicking the week off with this darling little horse. This horse did not always look like this. I bought it at a goodwill for $3.00 a year ago and loved it but the finish just kept disintegrating on me and so, it was time that I fixed it. I needed to do a tutorial on my faux unfinished wood look and this was the perfect opportunity.
I love a nice antique wood carved horse. They scream elegance! I have one that I found at Ross for a few dollars a few months ago. My dream is to one day own a real giant antique horse. In the meantime, I shall make do with what I have. My goodwill horse got a makeover with paint and stain. This is the exact same method that you would use to make a fake unfinished wood. This is the method that I used on the dining room chairs and the Large hymns sheet music. On this little horse, the finish looks slightly different than it does on the chairs but I think that is because of the substance underneath and not because of the method. In other words, because the horse is ceramic, the finish doesn’t look as much like wood but like a gorgeous antique statue.
For this project, you will need your own version of the following:
- Something that you want to give the unfinished wood look
- spray paint (only use if your item is not already wood and/or have a really slick finish. Spray paint sticks to anything)
- White paint
- gray paint
- stain (color of your choice)
My little horse started out like this:
It seemed that it could not keep it’s finish and so I helped it along by scraping it down to force all of the semi-loose finish off.
After that, I spray painted it. The logic behind starting out with spray paint is this: Spray paint sticks to anything and other paints stick to spray paint. If I Followed this method, I could ensure that my new finish is much more sturdy. I used textured spray paint to give it some texture.
I did a light coat of spray paint. Once that was dry, I did a coat of white paint.
Followed by a coat of gray paint.
I dried brushed each of those coats of paint. This means that I used as little paint as possible on the brush which leaves a thin layer of paint. This allows you to layer the paint. layering means that you are able to see some of the bottoms colors in spots of your piece. Once this process was done, I did the same thing with a coat of stain. I used a little brush to get in the cracks. This time, though, I used a cotton cloth and a tiny amount of stain. The coat of stain should be so thin that once you are done, if you wipe your finger over the stained piece, you should not feel stain on your finger.
I repeated the staining process until it was my desired shade.
This is exactly how I achieved the wood look in my Restoration Hardware inspired sheet music. As always, experiment to see what works best for you using this basic idea. I think you’ll find that this is very simple after you’ve given it a go.
I hope you found this to be helpful. I do love to hear from you. So, comment away!
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