Often times my finishes start from inspiration... this time I saw this incredible new color from Wise Owl and this new ReDesign Transfer and I knew they both needed to share a finish together. But the color is a bit outside my normal, and a finish like this a bit outside my comfort zone honestly. But as it is, sometimes you just gotta try new things to see where it leads you. I had the finish in my head, knew what I'd be doing, I just needed to take the plunge. Now seeing it all done, I'm nervous and excited to finally share it after LOTS of sneak peeks, but hoping y'all like it. This is another piece that I've donated to Restore Decor for Saturday's sale, already delivered and waiting for a new home! As you can see in the pics, I decided to share a bit of Maddy's earlier days with y'all for staging and hopefully show the new potential owners a way in which this can be used. Maddy's first year was full of Pooh Bear, Mickey Mouse and tiny shoes. She was a preemie, lil feet, lil clothes and adorable lil blankets. Such great memories in these things... I can only hope another family uses it to share newborn memories of their own. This new finish was started with Wise Owl Clear Primer, knowing I'd be doing distressing later. And knowing I'd be painting over the hardware, I needed to ensure the paint would adhere with no issues. Next came the base coat of Wise Owl "Isles Ave". Then this amazing new color from Wise Owl, "1987". The large flat areas on the top and side needed something extra, so I decided to add a Redesign with Prima stencil called, Italian Flourish". I Used a sea sponge and another layer of "Isles Ave" to tie it all together once the distressing started. Then next was that distressing, which brought back the "Isles Ave" in spots. Then!!! This amazing Redesign Transfer called, "Hello Baby". I cut it up into pieces and found just the right spots for each. For a top coat I decided to mix Wise Owl Matte & Satin Varnish to get just a bit more sheen, seal my paint and protect the transfers. Then came the bling! For this I used Rub & Buff "Antique Gold", brushed on gently to allow for some transparency. This gave the gold a more rose gold look and paired amazingly well with the overall finish. In the end, I'm very happy with how this turned out, although I was a bit worried thru each step... But again, sometimes you just gotta try new things!
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Wise Owl Primer - Clear
Wise Owl Paint - Isles Ave - 1976
Wise Owl Varnish - Matte & Satin 50/50 mix
Cling On Brush for paint - s50 "shorty"
Cling On Brush for Varnish - F50
Redesign Transfer - Hello Baby
Redesign Stencil - Italian Flourish
Rub & Buff - Antique Gold gilding wax
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