Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cooped And Crated

distressed painting, patina, crate, nesting box, primitives
Same project day as my last post - sorta obsessed with a specially mixed turquoise.

One of my favorite tools is this wire brush/scraper with the offset handle.

This primitive crate had a monster oil stain with some wood damage. 

Scraped and brushed until most had gone.

Washed with ammonia water and dish detergent with degreaser.

Look at the saw marks.

The other piece was a nesting box from a chicken coop.

Scraped and washed.

Now the paint.

First I mixed a turquoise craft paint with powdered blue tempera paint and water.

The left-over stain showed and the color was too bright.

Though I did love the way the saw marks were highlighted.

 First coat.

I went back to the mad painter's lab to throw in some black acrylic paint with more blue tempera and water. 

See the difference?

Much older looking.

The bottoms of the nesting box came out to clean.

Went with the same dark turquoise for it.

No, I did not mix enough, but I knew how much to mix each time I ran out.


Before waxing.

After waxing with Howard's Dark Oak Citrus Shield.

After a vigorous (or is it rigorous?) buffing.

I pick up old shoe shine brushes at estate sales for this job.


They both look quite ancient!

To be truthful, the crate is ancient.

Low luster on both pieces.

Gleaming in the late afternoon sun.

Both of these pieces will be available at The Gathering at Magnolia Ridge.

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  1. That nesting box looks pretty primitive and wearing the new color very well. Would be fun to decorate with that. Good job as usual. Way to go Donna.
    Audrey Z.

  2. Well, Donna, your question of "vigorous" or "rigorous" --- it could have been both! See here :
    I learned something new today !
    either way.... I love both these pieces ! Gorgeous!

  3. I love that you used a grill brush for some of your work, because I DO THE SAME THING! I pick them up for a quarter at garage sales and by golly they really do the trick, especially on rusty crusty stuff. :)

  4. Love the nesting box! Pretty color and just a cute way to display stuff!

  5. love love the crate and box and love love that awesome color xx

  6. They are very nice pieces and the color is great. I am wondering what you will be using them for.

  7. I know they took lots of elbow grease, but the results are great. Love the color!

  8. Wow Donna, those turned out so great! I love that color you came up with!


  9. Love the color and both pieces. I could really love that nesting box.

  10. I love the contrast between the bright turquoise colour and the aging you've done on the paint.

  11. omg I've always wanted a chicken coop crate.....sooo cool!!!!! the color looks great too Donna!

  12. That's a fabulous colour. Love that nesting box! I envy your warm and sunny weather. It's still quite wintry around here. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  13. Love the color, love the nesting box--love, love, love!

  14. A little grease never stopped me from finishing a project. Love the color and I love that nesting box. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

  15. Great color- love how they turned out!!!


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