Two Toned Effect – Upcycled Oak Bookcase – Pierre

I bought this old oak (very heavy) bookshelf from a local vide grenier (loft clearance) in my local town. It was battered with bits missing; just how I like them. I was told that it belonged to the sellers grand-père (grandad). 

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

We were also told that the shelf had been treated for woodworm, which was confirmed when we were driving home and with all the windows open the smell was still unbearable.

I decided to name the piece ‘Pierre’. I decided to use a two-tone effect paint method, which uses two contrasting colours together.  For the base coat I applied Autentico’s Antique White inside and out.

I also used another method; dabbing glue onto various areas, which acts as a mask for the top layer. The idea is that it gives you an effect of aging, which would be hard to get with using just sandpaper. You can also use this method to achieve the chipping look. You can layer the technique between different coloured coats and that gives the impression that paint has been worked lose over the years. So, I applied the glue onto the Antique White in various areas, ideally around the edges inwards and other places of wear and tear.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise

The Antique White had gone into some of the damaged areas and some were left exposed, with the dark oak still showing through. I wanted to respect and enhance the age of Pierre, rather than just paint it flat. I painted the top coat with Autentico Antique Turquoise (I love this colour), but left the inside white to show the contrast. I thought I could always repaint if I  did not like the final result.

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

Two Toned Upcycled Oak Bookcase - Autentico Antique Turquoise - Chippy Look

When it was dry, I rubbed the glue areas off to bring through some of the white (see below image). I then sanded the edges and where the glue had been to blend in.

I used a brown dark wax to enhance some of the edges to age them further and clear wax over the whole bookcase to seal, protect and enhance the colour.

 

I love the white peeking through the detail in different places and I think Pierre will look great in my new training room. More pictures to follow 🙂


Stencils

As a graphic designer, I have always enjoyed working with font types and typography and have a love for vintage signs.  So, when I was asked to research some vintage French typography for a customer, who wanted their side-table stencilled, I discovered this array of stunning, high quality typography available to use, and even better … they were free.

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON TIN CAN

 

I then researched all the different ways to transfer stencils and, so far, for me, the ‘water decal method’ works very well and produced great results. It is a bit fiddly to start with but, as with everything, the more you practice, the more you get the hang of it. Then it becomes highly addictive.

 I would recommend starting with a small square transfer on your first attempt, as the more detailed ones take more practice.  The transfers are so effective, due to them being printed onto transparent paper, which enables them to blend into the background of the project.

I also enjoy using white decal paper, used mostly for darker coloured objects, where a transparent decal  transfer would get lost. Only specialised printers can print using white ink, so therefore, if you need the lettering/detail to be white, then using the white is best.

I decided to use a really pretty design on the white decal paper to see what the look would be like. I really like it. The colours seemed to ‘pop’ and be more vibrant and the lettering works well with the turquoise coming through.  There is another example of using the white decal paper, shown further down the post.

UPCYCLED JAR USING WHITE DECAL PAPER

UPCYCLED JAR USING WHITE DECAL PAPER

So, I now have the water decal transfer bug and love spending time seeing what I can do with various pots, tins, jugs, jars, teapots and, well, pretty much anything.  In fact, I am running new workshops and I guess I share a common interest, as they are nearly sold out and I am planning further dates, click here for dates and further information.

I am also selling the decal paper (transparent and white), for those who want to give it a go, along with pre-prepared transfers, ready to use straight on to your own projects. Find out more here.

Here are some of my transferred projects (so far)…

TINS

UPCYCLED JARS AND TINS STENCIL WORKSHOPS

Tins are such great fun, and rather than put them into the recycling bag, I was collecting them to use as storage for various brushes and items used during my workshops. They look so effective when they are grouped together and I have used lots of different effects on them, such as dry brushing with two colours, using a wash and distressing and waxing. I applied some string and a little heart on a couple and found some great French typography transfers for each one.  I then used clear varnish to seal.

The yellow one started out as my favourite but then I liked the blue one with the French postcard transfers. This seems to be everyone’s favourite. But, well … I love them all.

Upcycled Tin with French Typography Label/stencil - decalThe above tin was painted with a lovely pale vanilla and I used a ‘Rose de Province’ label, which I thought worked really well with the flowers.  The tin was distressed in places with dark wax to age.

DECAL/LABELS VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON TIN CAN

Another example was simply using PVA glue with a French vintage typography label.  I stained the label with a tea bag and then aged with wax to blend in further.  The other tin (behind) was simply a clear decal stencil applied to the tin, which even though it has not been painted, I thought still looks really effective.

JARS

There are so many stunning jars that probably go unnoticed to the non-stencil addict.  I show people the ‘before and after’ and they often say that they had never noticed the lovely designs on them before.  I guess Panzani’s sauce will soon see an increase in their sales 🙂

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON JAR

The image below shows a crackle effect, using Autentico Crackle Glaze applied over the top of Autentico Antique White and then a coat of of Bright Turquoise (one of my favourite colours).   

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON JAR

This is the same jar with a clear decal stencil applied. I had been wanting to use this ribbon stencil for ages, so I thought it would work as the jar is fairly tall.

UPCYCLED JAR WITH TRANSPARENT WATER DECAL STENCIL

I then thought I would try out one of the white water decal stencils leftover from my last stencil workshop on the back of the jar. I love it as much as the other stencil and I think it works, as there is a hint of Antique White peeking through, which compliments each colour.

CRACKLE GLAZE UPCYCLED JAR

UPCYCLED JAR WITH WHITE WATER DECAL STENCIL

JUGS AND POTS

I love painting jugs. You know, those ones that are awful colours, which do not match anything and you pick up from boot markets or junk shops very cheaply.

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON JUGS

The above example is everyone’s favourite. The combination of the colours against the French Postcode, really sets it off.  The yellow and blue were the original colours of the jug, which was painted with Autentico Antique White and then sanded in places and distressed to age.

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON JARThese jugs not only look great painted with chalk paint but also when using crackle glaze. The example shows the jug painted with Autentico Bright Turquoise with a crackle effect and, as the jug had a texture underneath, some of that has come through the crackle. A small, French Typography stencil was applied over the area where ‘Warwickshire Castle’ lettering was, which I think finishes the jug perfectly.

FRENCH COFFEE POTS

I can feel a collection beginning here … I just love everything about these pots and here they are ready to be stencilled.

CREAM FRENCH COFFEE DECAL STENCIL FRENCH VINTAGE TYPOGRAPHY

CREAM FRENCH COFFEE POT BEFORE

FRENCH COFFEE DECAL STENCIL FRENCH VINTAGE TYPOGRAPHY

WHITE FRENCH COFFEE POT_BEFORE

CREAM FRENCH COFFEE DECAL STENCIL FRENCH VINTAGE TYPOGRAPHY

YELLOW FRENCH COFFEE POT_BEFORE

And here they all are, sitting proudly on my kitchen shelf and I love them. I actually spent a while (well around 2 minutes) deciding which stencils would look the best.  I chose the final stencils based on the shape of the pot, hence a long one for the tall, cream coffee pot etc. I think they work so well and I look at them and find it hard to believe that I actually stencilled them.

FRENCH COFFEE DECAL STENCIL FRENCH VINTAGE TYPOGRAPHY

FRENCH COFFEE POTS – FINISHED

TERRACOTTA PLANT POTS 

Terracotta Pots make great chalk paint projects, due to their porous texture and ability to sand and age.  I added a French Vintage Perfume decal stencil, which shows off my French Lavender plant perfectly.  The pot itself was distressed using a technique of dry painting using Autentico Antique White and using a base of PVA glue to look patchy.  I also distressed the stencil a little by rubbing off some of the detail, to blend in with the pot better.  I will be soon putting on some workshops for Upcycling Pots, which will show this technique along with others.

DECAL VINTAGE FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY STENCIL ON TERRACOTTA FLOWER POT

The range of other items that can be stencilled is endless, here are some examples using stencils on furniture:

FRENCH VINTAGE FURNITURE DECAL STENCIL ON CHALK PAINTED HALL STAND

 

POTTING TABLE WATER DECAL STENCIL

POTTING TABLE

FRENCH TYPOGRAPHY DECAL VIN STENCIL

WINE RACK

If your interested in attending our stencil workshops then please see dates here. Further dates will be available soon and we will be offering one day courses in other locations.

I hope you found my blog inspirational and enjoy upcycling your own junk.


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Homemade Chalk Paint
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