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Laminate Wood cont'd

after washes in black and tan, sanding, and detail lines

Laminate Wood part deux

One of the most difficult things for me to do is to wait patiently. It is like waiting for paint to dry and when I have to wait for paint to dry...well, not a good scene.

I really like this orange (Behr's Bonfire).

For once in my life I actually let the base coats dry overnight before proceeding to the crackle medium and colour wash phase. For the wash I chose Benjamin Moore's Summer Shower over a glue and water paste. Once I applied thick and thin coats of diluted BM, I wasn't too impressed with myself so I tried to speed things up by working random areas with a wet textured rag to lift the colour in random spots. I then sanded random areas by hand with a fine grit sandpaper to let more of the base colour show through.

sanded to show more base coat

crackled Summer Shower over Bonfire

I mixed and applied another batch of glue wash and followed it with a wash of CIL's Siesta Key. I like Siesta Key a lot but the truth is I chose it 'cause I had some left over from my bedroom. 

More sitting back and watching paint dry while telling myself to behave and let the cracks form properly before moving on to the next bit.

Crackles through both layers of blue to orange beneath

Siesta Key layer cracking to show Summer Shower layer

letting glue wash and Siesta Key layers crackle

Waiting as long as I could (which was nowhere near long enough, I admit), I grabbed sandpaper and wore away at the two top layers of paint on the corners, edges and random spots of the upper surface. Some spots I wore down to the wood, others to the base colour, and yet other spots to the BM colour or the CIL. I was going for that old repainted weathered door look.

wearing away of paint to create peeling

After hand sanding

close up of the layers of "chipped" paint

I knew I was finally where I needed to be when my sister said it looked like an old veranda door we once had growing up. Done for the day, I finally decided to let that all dry a wee bit before the final wash of aging.

horizontal lines added to simulate planks
I've added two colours to try and simulate the look of weathered planks of wood.

a few more layers of wash and more sanding
And, Voila!

Crappy pix but I got all excited.

Next, off to get the bits for the next phase.


Again, the link to the tut is here.

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