This is slightly off topic, but not really. My wife was at the beach with two of our kids for about 4 days. My oldest son was home with me. We have been remodeling parts of house and the kitchen is on the list. About 2 months ago I took all the doors of of one set of cabinets so we could paint them. We'll eventually do this to all the kitchen cabinets.
Before she left my wife made the observation that we have stuff everywhere because of the remodeling we're doing. It is driving us both crazy. So I thought if I could get these cabinets painted, we could get the dishes off the dining room table and put away the way they should be. I thought it would make us both feel better.
She had mentioned she would like an antique crackle finish to give the kitchen a "French Country" look. So I thought, I'll go one step further and turn this into an art project as well. So bear with me while explain how, over the next few weeeks (months) there will be some art on this blog worth looking at.
Step One: My oldest son was a great help and painted the frame of the cabinets.
Step two: I painted each door with two coats of oil primer on each side. No fun to work with at all. I also masked off the inside panel. That's going to be mny "canvas" later on.
Step three: I applied the base coat to the outside edge of each door. There is a total of 12. After that dried, I applied the clear "crakle" finish and let it dry until tacky.
Step four: Then I applied the top color (a sage green) and like a miracle, it splits into this really cool antique finish all by itself.
Step five: OK, this is where the art comes in. I have faked it in photoshop to give you an idea of what the finished product will look like, but I plan on doing a still life in oil of various fruits and vegitables on each door.
Below are the reference photos I have taken so far to work from:
And I must give credit where it is due. Duane Kaiser's work gave me the idea. I am so inspired by the work on his site, "A Painting a Day"