In the middle of getting all the primitives around here cleaned, painted, and ready for the shop.
I do not paint all of them.
Just the ones I think might benefit with a little paint wash of color.
I mixed some blue craft paint with water (2 to 1).
Dug out the hard-scrubbed washboard and the tool caddy.
The front of the washboard shows how hard someone used it to wash clothes - It is rubbed almost flat.
The backside was just plain - all painted labels if there ever were any are long gone.
I had to dig out soap-crusted lint from around the edges.
This woman actually wore a hole right through her washboard.
Can you imagine what her hands looked like?
After cleaning it, I stood it up on a chair and put different bottles of paint next to it until I decided two things.
One, the details would show better with a paint wash.
Two, I wanted blue.
I did consider turquoise - my usual paint choice - but settled on a blue.
Okay, I know it is barely out of the turquoise range of colors, but it is a softer shade than here.
Next up on the paint bin was the tool caddy.
It was not really old so I aged it with some hammer dings and scrubbed it with a wire brush.
I love how it has three compartments.
Same color wash, but I went over some parts with two coats.
Used tung oil over each piece and may decide to add some wax later.
I did remember to style the two pieces for the grand finale.
I know why I do not do this with projects very often.
I want to keep them.
Look how perfect for my farm animals.
Think Easter chicks.
Can't you see a little ...
No, wait a minute. I think I will keep these for my Easter mantel.
I need to paint something in a color I do not like.
Do you do that?
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