store cut a piece of poplar to length. Poplar is a little pricey, over $5 a foot but I needed wood that didn't have knots showing. I was kind of surprised when it rang through at $3.12. As we left the store, my girlfriend starting saying, "Start the car! Start the car!". Why was she doing an Ikea ad? O'mgosh. I was only charged for 6" of board! An ethical person would have marched back inside and corrected the error, but I was not waiting in that line up again. I hope this isn't doing something terrible to my karma and I have to come back as something weird to atone for it!
This is the ill gotten board set in place. ~
I brushed flat black paint on in different directions, leaving bits of wood showing through. ~
I'm going back and forth between a bit of sea sponge dipped in the rust and pewter and the old paint brush that is used to smoosh the edges of the daubs into the next colour. ~
It's important to take a creepy picture of your hand looking like a wrinkly crypt keeper's appendage!
Next, I need to add some shine in spots to create the look of metal. I used Modern Masters craft paint in champagne and aged bronze and did the same daubing, smooshing technique. ~
At this point, I'm using my fingers along with the sponge and brush and smooshing my little heart out.
It all needs to be toned down a bit and I dipped my old brush in the black paint and used a newspaper to wipe most of the paint off the brush. You want to go very lightly with this step, barely brushing across the whole board. ~
This turned out really well and I seriously doubt anyone would realize it's not metal until they touched it.
Since I had all the paints in my craft stash, someone gave me the upholstery tacks and I ripped off a big box store for $15 on the poplar, the total cost for this part of the kitchen redo is $3.12. ~
Well, that and a very guilty conscience!
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