Monday, October 24, 2011

Weathered and Worn

I love weathered and worn paint finishes, and I love to experiment with techniques to duplicate that look.  Can you tell which of these finishes occurred naturally over time, and which were my handiwork?









Have you guessed yet?




OK, if you read THIS POST, you know that's another one of my swag panels. So, yes I gave it that weathered finish. The only items here that have aged over time is the carrier, and the old window underneath.  Everything else, although vintage, were grunged up even more by me.




I painted the frames and candle holders a while ago. The candle holder above had been painted multiple times. Yesterday, I decided to do an intentionally bad stripping job to get a certain look for a few vignettes I'm working on.

I wanted some, but not all of the paint to be removed. Afterwards, I gave everything a good scrubbing with mineral spirits to clean up the residue.  Then, I washed, rinsed, let them dry, and went over the finish with a sanding pad.

Here's one of the frames and the panel during the bad stripping process.  I didn't apply the stripper correctly, cover the entire area, or let it set long enough.






It's okay to do a bad job, if you do it on purpose.



I think I like what happened with this candle holder the best.  I love the multiple layers peeking through.

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57 comments:

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

"It's OK to do a bad job, if you do it on purpose!" Funny...and true!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Love the aged look of old crusty layers~very authentic looking Rosemary.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Nope, I could not tell, great job. Where are you selling all of this? Do you have a booth? Could we see it? I know you mentioned once that you did an antique fair...inquiring minds want to know LOL!

Carol

Katie said...

Beautiful patina!

Geneva said...

Beautiful as always! You have a magic touch with paint. I haven't visited your blog in a while and boy did I have some catching up to do. I never want to miss anything you do Rosemary!

Margaret said...

Like your tiny cherub, I, too, disappeared, and forgot to read your blog for a couple of months-Mon Dieu! You do not disappoint, and have sparked my creativity. You are one talented lady, Rosemary! XO

Myric said...

I seriously couldn't guess. That's some technique! Amazing!

xoxo
Myric

Myric said...

lol! The "lazy Tie". I just don't know how to call it.

xoxo
Myric

Veronica said...

Hi Rosemary. Catching up with all your treasures as I have not been here for a while and have missed my visits. AS usual what a load of treasure you have...yes the multiple layers peeking through are wonderful, I agree.

Hugs

VEronica

Gail said...

Looks great Rosemary! Love the worn look you created. I'll have to remember your technique.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Whatever you do Rosemary it always turns out awesome. I love the look!

cityfarmer said...

your b.a.d. job is your best g.o.o.d. job!!


we're due for a visit aren't we?

Poppy said...

Wow! these turned out so beautiful! I love how you grouped them all together. You are so talented and make things look so pretty with beautiful finishes. I don't think I can make them appear so gorgeous even if follow your wonderful instructions. Thanks for letting us take a peek and enjoy these inspirations and for your endearing comment. Have a great week!Hugs~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

I just love all the age you gave these pieces. It's not always easy to make something look old on purpose!

Lesley said...

I wanna do this to a couple of shutters. What type of paint do you recommend?? I guess I will layer them, let them cure then come back with the stripper and a sanding block?? What do you recommend?

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Awesome Rosemary as usual. Here in the South it's hard to find the chippy old stuff because it's so humid and mush of the old homes just rotted away. I love to re-create it when I find the right objects and your pictures are an inspiration! love, love love....

Kellie Collis said...

These pieces are lovely! The rustic touches makes it so much more beautiful! Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

Kris said...

Patinas of any kind are an inspiration to me. I love the look and it really doesn't matter what you put next to it it looks like it belongs.

All of your projects turn out lovely Rosemary.

Kris

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Rosemary! I just saw your post on House of Grace. I knew it was yours before I even clicked on it!! LOL!! You always turn out such beautiful pieces! Love this!

Decorating with Cents said...

No, I couldn't tell the difference, your aging process is amazing.

eclecticrevisited said...

you are such an inspiration!! I would love to do some of these finishes eventually...I love the look of weathered and worn...it's so timeless...
best,
maureen

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

You make it very hard to tell, when they all look so wonderful...
The candle holder is amazing love all of that texture...!
Love the dried roses too!

All the Best,
Christine

Icy BC said...

Oh you did a fantastic job! I like this kind of weather worn things too.

Sue said...

Whatever you are doing sure makes your things look great! I love all the old chippy stuff, whether it came that way or you helped it along, it still looks great!

Take care, Sue

Honey at 2805 said...

You are a genius at grunging things up!

Myric said...

Thanks! Doesn't she look like one of your cherubs :)

xoxo
Myric

Ozma of Odds said...

...i think what you meant to say was,
it is ok to do a bad stripping job if YOU were the one doing it, as i don't think to many of us could make those things look that pretty on purpose ~ lol!!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

I love them all. You certainly have the magic touch for creating the perfect chippy piece :)

Kathy said...

You make it look and sound so simple but I know there is a talent to distressing. It is like all beauty you have to know when to stop. Great look, Kathy

Cindy said...

You do a lovely job of "grunging" up your beautiful old items. I love seeing what you are working on.
Hugs, Cindy

Mandy said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Project Queen today. I love how you distress all of your items. Beautiful!

Lili said...

I really couldn't tell, but I did note that everything looked beautifully aged! ~Lili

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You are the master at creating a natural worn patina.

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Great job on the bad job! Love it!
Debbie

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Rosemary, I always Love your Layer upon Layer of Creative Fun.... Weathered, Worn, Grunged, all the Perfect Patina!
Cheryl

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Well done Rosemary!

Hugs,
Judy

lynn said...

i just loving coming here to see what you are working on, and this post is full of awesome goodies with fab finishes, rosemary!

Amish Stories said...

I was just passing by and thought id stop to say hello. I'm checking new blogs today, and i hope you folks are enjoying the fall weather like we are having here in Pennsylvania. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon county.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Hi Rosemary! I saw your blog on Betsy's blog list (My Salvaged Treasures) and I think I remember you from Barn House Boys??? Were you there? I may be off my rocker, but I thought I remembered the name. Anyway, love your chippy goodness. Gorgeous.

Daniella said...

YOU are just so awesome!!
I tried to guess, but couldn't tell at all!!
Your work is amazing, I love it!
xxDaniella

chateau de fleurs said...

Rosemary you are amazing! XO Christie

D.E. said...

Really pretty- your distressed look. I love it.

www.whiteserenade.blogspot.com
Blessings,
DE

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

oh bestill my heart!!!! i am in love with this ...absolutely amazing! caught you on the shabby creek and now i am your newest follower! thank you so much for sharing : )

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You've done a fabulous job on EACH of those pieces, Rosemary! I've seen plenty of "bad" faux finish techniques over the years. And I know it's a lot of work getting it right. You have definitely perfected the technique. Beautiful...just beautiful!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday each week. I love your projects. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy said...

I love the worn distressed look! You did a great job! Just saw on the french country cottage :)

Betsy said...

You had me fooled. You're a genius for making a bad job look good!

stefanie said...

i love all the chippy pieces...new and old!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

I don't know how you do it, you have "the touch" my dear. It all looks fabulous!! Thanks for always coming to the party!! xoxo

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how the finish turned out on these. They lok like the real thing all chippy and wonderful.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful motivation. Thanks for sharing!!!

Ann said...

As always, I learned something wonderful from your fabulous blog--it's okay to do a bad job. I usually to that because I'm simply in a hurry, though. You always have a method to your madness and it always turns out stupendously. Another winner, Rosemary.

Blue Creek Home said...

Seriously talented you are!
Rhonda

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Rosemary...what kind of stripper do you like to use? There are so many different types out there, and I'd love your suggestion. Thanks!

xoxo laurie

Heather said...

love this!

lvroftiques said...

Yes I can tell...But it wasn't easy lol! Love love love the crusty finishes! You marvel you! Vanna

Candy said...

I love this look.......gotta try the technique. Thanks for the idea and directions.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love the candleholder too Rosemary!
Just when I think you have done it absolutely dead on, you go and recreate perfection!

How is that even possible? ??
xox
A