DIY Vase Ideas | Chalk Painting Furniture with Saltwash Textures

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[Music] welcome if you're new to my channel my name is christina and in today's video i want to show you how you can do some easy diy with just materials you probably already have at home or are really easy to get i'm going to be redoing a chalk painted piece that's a personal item of mine and i'm going to show you exactly what i did to repaint it as well as a new decorative finish so let's get busy [Music] a while back i had spray painted this old vaz and it was badly chipped and i wasn't sure what i wanted to do so i thought i would try the plaster of paris and see if i can re-sculpt something different out of this working with plaster of paris in the past it's best to make small batches because it dries so quickly i found it was a lot easier to work with if i just made smaller batches and worked in sections it's a really easy product to work with and it's very inexpensive i thought this would be perfect so this way i could fill in all of the carvings that were on this as well as all the chips that had occurred onto it and see what i could recreate with it using a small tupperware bowl i probably made about six small batches of the plaster of paris so i could fully form around this entire vos i also found it easier to dip my hand into the water to help sculpt it plaster of paris is so easy to work with but the only thing is is there's only a small window of time that you have with it so you have to be careful that's why it's so important and i find it the easiest and less frustrating is just to make small little batches so i'll go and work on one specific area and then as it starts to harden because it dries so quickly i have about 10-15 minutes and then i can feel that texture starting to get really really thick and harder to move you can always add water a little bit separate and if you're new with plaster of paris i always recommend to have a spray water bottle on hand so as you're trying to form it you can always spray a little bit and that should help configure what it is you're trying to shape but it does look very authentic using a 220 grit sandpaper i'm just going to go around the entire boz and just give it a light sanding just to smooth it out so using chalk paint in a brown in on fleur as well as primer or red and i'm also going to use a graphite and i'm going to use old ochre and maybe a hint of french linen because the plaster of paris is very porous it actually worked a lot better to use a lot of water so i would dip my brush into the water as well as dip it into the paint that i've poured out and the more water i used the more i could play around and it absorbed very very quickly so i had no specific plan other than i just want to create some random textures and highlights and lowlights i'm almost going for a watercolor effect as well as creating the tone so if it was too light i would just go back add a little bit more and if it was too dark i would just put more water onto it and it would activate the paint and make it more transparent if you have old ornaments or other home decor things you can easily put plaster of paris and create a whole new canvas and go ahead and paint them up in any color fashion and style you like it's actually a lot of fun and there is no specific rule or paint pattern you have to go by but other than your imagination [Music] you could use any chalk paint or even acrylic paint if you wanted i just recommend to add the water and this will help make your paints more transparent and movable on the plaster of paris the only thing i do recommend is to probably use a water based paint and again this is so you can use the water to your advantage and you'll be able to manipulate the paint to the direction and style that you want [Music] so [Music] using the russolium painters touch in a flat white i decided to go ahead and spray paint these glass vases that i had i will go ahead and use the plaster of paris in the exact same way that i did with my first project so having the matte finish will allow the adhesion of the plaster of paris to actually conform onto the glass it will make it a lot less difficult to get the plaster of paris onto the glass by having a coat of paint you of course could always use a primer if you have that on hand it was super handy just to spray them inside the cardboard box this way i could bring them inside to dry and i didn't actually have to touch them these have turned out pretty good i gotta sand it down still using the 220 grit but they are dry so i'm going to go ahead and do that once i've sanded these down i'm actually thinking to try something a little bit different i haven't tried it before and i'm going to see what happens is i'm thinking to go ahead and use glazes i think i'm going to mix up some of the glazed tones and this way they'll have a little bit of a transparency within the colors so considering this was glass it definitely looks like it was clay made you know from a long long time ago so i'm going to go ahead and give that a try and i'm going to walk you through and let's see what happens for this boss i'm going to start with old white chalk paint and the reason i want to put the chalk paint onto the plaster of paris first is because i want to use the glaze as soon as this dries i also want to add in a little bit more texture for the glaze [Music] for the second vos i'm going to go ahead and put chalk paint in country gray on there and i'm actually going to be a little bit liberated so this way i can create lots of texture just with using one coat for the vase that i painted in old white i'm going to use fusion's antiquing glaze i'm just going to go and get it on there just using an old chippy brush i am using a lot of stippling so i can get it into the nooks and crannies as well as the little fisher points in which the blaster of paris has made then all i'm gonna do with a shop towel is just wipe it back but i do plan on layering some glaze so this way i can create highlights and low lights just with the glaze itself when i start to put a darker layer on i just take the shop towel and i blend it in really well i wanted the glaze to give a darker hue at the bottom and a lighter hue at the top so this is why i would stroke in one direction keeping it light when i started and then rub it in really well at the top because i wanted this to be a handmade pottery look i just use russolium's clear gloss [Music] do [Music] [Music] do [Music] using general finishes glazed effects in burnt umber i'm just going to go ahead and do very similar and just get the glaze on there because there was a lot of indentations i didn't sand those out because i wanted it to look like that and where the glaze is sitting inside those indentations i thought really gave a beautiful look it's a very one-of-a-kind type of look as well as something that like an archaeologist would find deep buried from hundreds and hundreds of years ago to creating the highlights and low lights that i wanted i just added a little squirt of water here and there because it's a water-based glaze and just created my own just with a shop towel and to give it the look of actual pottery that was fired in the kiln i just used the gloss in clear by russolium [Music] [Music] when i first started to learn how to chalk paint i used to use a few pieces of my own and had painted this with i think every kind of green color you could imagine so i've decided i want to give it a new makeover and i'm going to go ahead and use a base of chalk paint in the graphite which is a black but really it's a really dark gray and this piece is not old it's actually made out of mdf i always start with a moist paint brush when i put my chalk paints on furniture i find that it goes down much smoother it's easier and i use a lot less paint so this piece does not have any wax on it if you have a chalk painted piece of furniture you want to change you can easily go ahead and spray shellac on there or you can paint the shellac on or you can even use tsp to remove any of the clear wax so i decided i wanted to give this piece some texture since it was kind of flat so i'm going to go ahead and add some salt wash but i do it a little bit differently because i don't know how much i'm going to be using so this way i don't waste any of my product so i've started with a one base coat of the graphite now i'm stippling the graphite on as a second coat and i dip my brush into the paint and this will help give lots of random texture then i dip my brush into the salt wash container that i provided separately and this way i can put as much texture into certain spots and a little bit of texture into other spots this way i can control exactly how much texture i want and where i want it because of the time of year it is i'm finding that the daylight hours are not long enough so i'm having to resort to do a little bit of my projects into the evening [Music] so this is coming along perfectly as planned not that i had a major plan but i had to film a little bit at night as i've been working more during the day at my office so i don't know where you live but where i am we have like five hours if we're lucky of daylight [Music] now that everything is dry with my base coat and the salt wash i'm going to use the on fleur brown the taupe french linen and i think i'm going to add in a few highlights here and there of maybe some old ochre as well and all i'm going to do is kind of play around with my design and where i want these color tones to go now that i've decided where the color tones are going to go i'm going to grab my flat chip brushes and i'm going to go and put my solid coat of where these color tones are going to go and again i'm just going to use that stippling motion and because i want little bits of that graphite to show through and i'm also going to be using a small a little artist brush there so i can get back into the smaller little corners and areas so i don't have to overlap my paint so much i generally like to play with the paint and the paint tones before i make my final decision about where i want to place my colors or my color tones really enjoy doing a stippling motion with the paint brushes when i'm blending because this allows me to create the highlights and low lights where i want them and if i want to correct it it's really easy to do so i place the old ochre at the very top and then i'm going to cascade down with the french linen and i'm going to outline it all with the on fleur [Music] what i'm ultimately doing using the stippling technique is i'm not covering the undertone of that graphite with the salt wash mix and that's what's going to give it the full effect of what i'm looking for ultimately it creates even more depth and dimension and i'm going to finish this off this morning so i'm just going to continue on exactly what i was doing just using that stippling motion and i'm going to keep contouring the colors together i also want to show you a trick i don't think i've ever shown before when it comes to blending in colors and it's it's tying together but it's not exactly how you want it i'm going to show you a little trick that's really easy to do and it might help you especially when you're trying to get into corners and certain detail and you want a really light tone and a really dark tone to unify together i'm going to show you a really easy trick because this piece is so thin sometimes the brushes overlap the colors that i'm doing so i find it really helpful sometimes with this little tip i'll just use a regular brush a little artist brush and just dip it into plain water and it helps to actually have a towel on hand and just so the it's not saturated but it's really moist and then what i'll do is go around and kind of reactivate the moisture in the paint and again this is just going to give a little bit of transparency and allow me to work with the colors a little bit to create the blended effect that i'm looking for so the key is just a slightly moist paint brush and you're just going to go over with clear water and just reactivate that paint and get it moving to exactly where you want it it's really easy and again because this piece had such tiny thin areas my paintbrush would overlap it too much and i wasn't able to glide it the way i it so again the size of brush and using clear water can help you blend so smoothly when i first started playing with chalk paint i would always make the mistake of adding more paint to make my corrections when in fact all i needed was plain water so it's just the art of playing and once you understand that ratio of water to paint everything can be just so much more relaxing and easier to put your colors together always remember you can use clear wax or lacquer to seal your chalk paint projects [Music] thank you so much for watching today's video and please if you have any questions i love reading your comments so please leave me a comment in the comment box below as well as if you haven't already please hit that subscribe button as well as the notification bell and that's going to tell you exactly when i upload my next video really looking forward to seeing you soon until then take care [Music] you

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