I am in the process of switching from a PC to my MacBook. In that process, somehow all my before and during pictures disappeared. SIGH. Cest la vis. Use your imagination. Plain brown table, good bones, needs some love. I wanted to make a fun statement on a little piece. And, I wanted control the chip factor!
To achieve the perfect chippy look, go no further than the canning section of your grocery store. That’s right. You need canning wax, which is about as cheap of a tool you will ever get. It is sold in big blocks, and for a chippy project, you will use only a small amount. (This is often sold under “Gulf Wax”)
Before painting your piece, rub the wax wherever you want some “chipping” to occur. I rubbed the edges, and then in random patterns. To get big chunks of chipping, use a knife or an object to scrape the wax into a pile, then “smoosh” (this is a technique) the wax onto your piece. When you have sufficiently waxed your piece. Time to paint.
I have almost every color in their color palette, but just like that favorite pair of jeans you reach for time and again, I reach for many of the same colors. You could mix one part Summer Crush with one part Petticoat Pink to get this look:
Paint your piece entirely and let dry completely. (DO NOT PUT IT IN THE SUN TO DRY. I DID THIS ONCE WHILE USING THE WAX CHIPPY METHOD AND THE WAX MELTED UNDER THE PAINT. NO BUENO).
When your paint is dry, use a scraper and start scraping wherever there are bumps in the paint, or just run it along your piece with a little force. The paint will come up where the wax was. Continue to do this until you have achieved the look you desire.
I sanded my piece with a 320 grit to smooth the paint and achieve a really soft touch. I used 220 grit to further distress in areas where I thought needed more wearing. I waxed the entire piece with DIY Paint’s 100% Natural Clear Wax . Waited a few hours, then buffed to glass like shine.
I can’t believe how versatile DIY paints are. You can achieve so many different looks, with just one can (even an 8 oz sample goes so far) of DIY Paints 100% natural Clay Based paints. They are the only company that has this true Clay base. It makes the paint so velvetty smooth and a complete pleasure to paint with. From sophisticated modern to seriously worn and chippy.
I plan to have a video soon on the chippy finish, so stay tuned!