Chip it up!

by postroad on April 30, 2012

Top of the day to you! How are things? Sorry I’m not quite ready to share the rhubarb pie recipe.. we ate it up before I got a chance to snap a few photos so time to roll up the sleeves and make another…. oh DARN! I hate when that happens! ;)

(picture frames available in the shop)

So I thought I’d share a different “Post Road Recipe” instead. How ’bout the painting variety? I’ve been having loads of fun experimenting with getting more of a chipped look on some of my painted pieces. I originally tried this idea after reading about it in my favorite magazine, Jeanne d’ Arc living (April Issue).

(coat rack available in the shop)

So naturally I got busy and this is what I found….

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the BEST for this technique! I buy mine HERE or HERE. But latex paint would work good too. Just make sure it is a nice thick paint and you’ll get better results.

You need to start with a “finished” piece. Something that is waxed, sealed, or varnished works best. If not your top coat will adhere too good to the piece and won’t give you the chipped look you desire.

(HUGE coat rack for sale in the shop)

For this coat rack I started with a soft blue underneath, waxed it, and then painted dark olive on top. Put a good thick coat on while taking care not to brush over the same area too much. You only want to paint a part of it at a time because while the paint is still sticky to the touch you use a heat gun to bubble it up. BE CAREFUL with the heat gun. Yup, I did find out the hard way that heat guns are (well, DUH!) hot! After the whole piece is bubbled and painted let it dry for a day and go back with a sharp edge (I used an old butter knife) and peel and scratch the bubbles off.

After you can seal it… again! Quite a process I know but I am in love with the results.

Are you?


p.s. The green coat racks and frames are available in the shop. There is only one of each size coat rack available, (1) 8×10 frame left, and (2) 5 x 7 frames left.

Get ‘em while the gettins’ good or just paint some yourself!! :)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather April 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Ooh, I just love all of these!! So pretty and fresh!! xo Heather


Teresa Johnson May 1, 2012 at 1:00 am

Sure enough not only the kids are running off with the butter knives but so are the Moms!


Becky May 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

I look forward to trying this–thanks for sharing :) !


Kate May 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Love it all!


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