Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Roses on my cabinet

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Its festivities in this part of the people are busy cleaning up their homes and get it ready for the coming festival season, I decided to give the OLD a NEW look!
Here is what entered my studio a couple of days back and I had a blast work with the Deco Art Chalky finish paints. 
Its a dream come true, I have always wanted to give my furniture a different look but not a NEW look, does that make sense??? I love it aged and distressed and YES, that look is possible in just a few steps with these paints!
Here is the process...
Step1- I removed the glass and the hardware items from the cabinet and gave it a good scrub and wash to remove all the dust and grime. Gave a coat of Americana decor “vintage”, waited for it to dry...just a few hours. 
I know what you are thinking...patience and me...yes I had to cos my reputation was at stake. This is house furniture and I will not get a second chance if doesn’t turn out well, lol!
A second coat too and this time I was smarter, I decided to work on the table top.
Step2- I had chosen this lovely decoupage paper from Deco Art Victorian Romance collection and since I had only one sheet, I decided to give it a background. 
I took a simple brown wrapping paper and stamped music notes with Archival black ink and edged the entire sheet with potting soil Archival ink. I then stuck the rose sheet in the center with decoupage glue and it was ready to hit the table. This was a tough part as it was BIG, I had to do it in sections to avoid creases. Once this was sealed, I gave it a coat of triple thick brush on glaze.
Step3- My second coat was way ready and now I distressed just here and there with sand paper...not too much this time! I wanted to bring those roses to the doors too and thought about stenciling. Luckily, I had a rose stencil and I worked my way all-around the front with chalky paints and some fluid acrylics from deco Art. 
I have to admit I had no patience to measure and stencil...all of this was done just by eye balling!
 I have use two tone colors too here and the flourish is a Sizzix die cut negative! For the sides I used the Americana Victorian baroque.
Step 4- Time for waxing! First came a coat of clear wax and this time too I dint waste the drying time. I cleaned up the glass and gave the handles too a coat of sponging and coloring. Once the clear wax was dry, I took a soft cloth and started rubbing the dark wax. I love how instantly the piece begins to age. Here is the difference...the left is with dark wax.
 That’s how much it ages...isn’t that beautiful???
Step5- a single coat of color inside the shelves and a coat of varnish and my piece was done. However, since this was going to be used quite often, I gave a second coat of varnish too. 
 Fixed the glass and the handle and Voila!my first big piece of hand painted, distressed, weathered and stenciled furniture was ready! A happy moment...I knew I am not going to stop at this....
Step6- Time to drag the piece inside from my studio...but I decided to give it a sun bath for an hour outside! This way, it cures a bit and there is no odor too.A little sunshine is always good.
Now, this is how it sits pretty in the dining room! 
The brick wall lends it a very country look and I have to admit, I did get a pat on the back from hubby!
 Yeah...that means it’s time to drag the next piece to my studio....
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Do let me know how you liked it.
Deco Art Products used-
America Decor chalky finish paints- Timeless and Vintage
Deco Art decoupage glue
Decoupage paper Victorian romance
Deco art stencil Victorian baroque
Deco Art Triple Thick brush on glaze
Americana decor creme wax clear and dark
Deco art media Ultra matte varnish

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. Pretty pretty...I must come visit you Rupa!

    Dr Sonia

  2. Oh Rupa, what a fantastic transformation. Can't wait to see what your next project is.
    Julie x

  3. can't tell you how much I love this project Rupa !! so brave of you to tackle a big project like this , love the stenciling and the aging !!

  4. A gorgeous project, it looks fantastic against the wall in your room.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Must it to bits Man...Awaiting to meet u in ur art studio :)

  6. I love every detail, and the soft colours, and the top! Such a beautiful transformation, Rupa!

  7. Gorgeous project!! just love every bit of it!

  8. What a beautiful makeover, Rupa - fabulous work with the chalk paints and I love the beautiful rose motif on the paper and the stencilling.
    Alison xx