Drawn randomly from a bowl (no hat handy) from the names of people who supplied their comment to the posting below and are the WINNERS of one tester pot of one of these new exciting Autentico Chalk Paint colours are (drum roll please)... Maja, Megan, Lisa Ainscough and Esther Parry. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details so your pot of paint can be posted to you. We'd also love to see your before and after photos of your masterpieces.
Would you like to see how you can turn this bland vintage chest of drawers into your own little bit of Americana (below)?
After thoroughly cleaning and dealing with any dents that I didn't want showing (a little really adds to the character of a piece I think). I tested to ensure the chest did not require primer (test during cleaning) and painted all over with the base colour, here it was Scandinavian Blue by Autentico and distressed a little bit. I then addressed the top by using painters tape (not masking tape, that leave a residue) for the red stripes, as well as taping off the section for the stars section. Red used was Ruby by Autentico.
After drying the red stripes thoroughly with the hair dryer and moving the tape, I painted the white stripes. My favourite white was used, Ice Cream by Autentico.
Next I painted in a darker blue where the stars would be, using Byzantine (of course, by Autentico)
The stars were painted by hand, if you have a stencil, this would look neater but I was going for a rustic look.
For the text, I printed out the words using by computer/printer is the font I liked, ensuring it was a mirror image for the transfer. I had to have the print out copied as you need laserjet print out for this method and my home printer is inkjet.
I used a heat tool for the transfer method. This tool is actually for woodworking or leatherworking. The flat, button like attachment is perfect for heating up the ink from the print out, when then is absorbed into the chalk paint. Note that I did not wax before doing this method, it would otherwise run due to melted wax, wax last.
Remove the paper once the transfer is done, let cool before waxing (otherwise the text will smear). I've done similar for the Union Jack too, but decided to add a bit of red to the text too..
COMPETITION TIME - We have one tester pot to give away in our February Competition. You can win one pot of either of these colours, Smoke is a new colour of a lovely light grey colour, Gustavian Blue is a delicious light powdery blue, bright and sizzling new colour Green Tea and fuscia pink colour of Heliotrope Heliotrope was introduced in 2014 but is new into the Crafty Nest. To enter, please leave a comment below of what you like best about Autentico Paint. There will be four winners (one pot of one colour to be posted to the each winner). Winners to be announced on the blog on Saturday 14 February 2015. Please use the CONTACT US on 14 February if you are one of the Winners so we can post out to you. Posting to mainland UK only.