I purchased this lovely vintage corner cabinet from my local Oxfam (Cobham High Street - fabulous place to find amazing items to upcycle, and you feel good buying from them too!). I'd been doing a number of British themed corner cabinets lately and decided to do something different. I'd not used Autentico Terrapino in a while and wanted to use it again. Terrapino is a 3D embossing paste. It can be used as is, you can mix paint into it or you can paint is once it is applied (and dried - but it dries really fast). The best way to describe it is something akin to whipped plaster, really like and fluffy, easy to use (spread) and dries rock hard very quickly.
For this project, I'd already painted to corner cabinet in colour Vanille, then mixed colour Summer Sky into some Terrapino. Not much Terrapino or paint is needed. I added and mixed a spoonful at a time until incorporated and smooth.
I attached my stencil to the painted corner cabinet. Please note, do not use masking tape for stenciling on furniture - you run the risk of residue being left behind. I only use Frog Tape. Also note, you need to remove the stencil when the terrapino is wet (same for when stenciling with paint) so ONLY use enough tape to secure your stencil. Do NOT tape all around the stencil, you will have a hard time to remove and run the risk of smearing your fine work. This stencil is from Autentico - it is much thicker material than your average stencil so it makes it perfect for the raised 3D Terrapino embossing paste. Thin "regular" stencils just don't work well enough.
Use your spatula to apply the Terrapino. If you'd like a more rustic look, apply it unevenly (as I was slightly distressing this piece, I went for the more rustic look). For more sleek look, apply it evenly. Do one section at a time. Use of Terrapino is covered in our Advanced Chalk Paint Workshop.
We're planning a trip to north Hampshire on Friday 12 February visiting three antiques centres, helping ladies identify great finds for upcycling and revamping. If you're interested to come along, please do contact us to let us know. If you can't make it but want to know where to go, we can highly recommend Eversley Barn Antiques, White Lion Antiques and Hartleys Antiques We'll be planning another outing in the coming months so please do let us know if you'd like to join our group outings.