‘Shabby Chic’ Fireplace and Gold Paint Effect – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Hand Painted Furniture Blog, Paint Effects Blog

 ‘Shabby Chic’ Fireplace and Gold Paint Effect – Blog by Lee Simone

 

I recently headed down to Oare in Devon to do some more decorative painting and faux finishes. I usually head down around once a year and it’s always a pleasure. The manor house is beautiful as is the countryside around. This time my main jobs were to transform a couple of fireplaces, creating a faux stone and trompe l’oeil effect on one and a ‘shabby chic’ and patinated gold effect on the other.

The fireplace before it was painted

The fireplace before it was painted

The clients wanted this fireplace to feel lighter and brighter – covering the dark slate and painting the surround to match the existing shabby chic mirror. The room is opulent to say the least so the key here was to create an aged finish that looked rustic but also elegant and classy.

I’d already sent some samples down to give some options for transforming the slate and once in situe set about working out the best way to approach the fireplace. It was rustic to say the least so prep was going to pivotal, building up the base coat ready for the final layers of tinted glaze. There were lots of cracks and holes to fill but before that I’d have other stages to complete –

(1) First I fully mask off the whole area with 1200 lining paper, 3M edge lock tape, bin bags and Dulux low tack masking tape.

(2) I then cleaned everything with a sugar soap solution and sanded everything with 180 grit abranet pads.

(3) Next I applied  the all important wax barrier for the distressed effect – in this instance I used using ordinary tea -lights.

(4) On then it was on to the primer –  two coats of Zinsser Bin 123 primer, both rollered and brushed on.

Prepped and primed

Prepped and primed

At this stage most painted furniture or kitchens looks really pretty naff and this was no exception 🙂 It really brought out all the areas that needed attention, highlighting cracks, splits in the wood and areas that had previously been repaired or cobbled together. It must have been a hundred years old and had obviously had an interesting life.

(5) Once filled it was time to tint some matt emulsion (I tend to use Dulux trade), using the colours in the mirror as my guide. To the white emulsion I added lamp black and yellow ochre pigment with a hint of burnt umber for warmth.

(6) I then applied three coats of the tinted emulsion to create a solid base on which to start creating the effect

 

The start of the 'Shabby Chic' look

The start of the 'Shabby Chic' look

(7)  The first stage of the ‘shabby chic’ finish was to sand back certain areas. Having added the wax barrier earlier the paint came away easily in the places I wanted it too  – creating a rustic effect that was stylised but looked natural at the same time.

 

 

The finished fireplace

The finished fireplace

(8) The second stage is the all important and brilliantly fun glazing.  Using the colours of the mirror as my reference I mixed paynes grey, yellow ochre and cadmium orange pigment with Winsor and Newtons Liquin. This part of the process was about about building up the layers and enhancing the natural curves and shape of the fireplace. For this type of glazing I tend to set about it organically, applying the glaze, playing about, seeing which areas work with less glaze and which with more – it’s all about balance.

I like to build up my glazes, one layer at a time as it brings more depth of colour and allows you to get some beautiful patination. In the end I applied three layers of the same glaze, tinkering and wiping away until I got the look I wanted.

(9) Finally two coats of Polyvine dead flat matt varnish was applied and there you have it, ‘Fabby Shabby Chic’ 🙂

Close up of the 'Shabby Chic' distressed and antiqued finish

Close up of the 'Shabby Chic' distressed and antiqued finish

Close up of the finished effects

Close up of the finished effects

 

 Changing the slate with a patinated gold effect –

Patinated gold effect

Patinated gold effect

A lot of the accessories in the room are gold so the client wanted a gold finish to replace the heavy dark look for the slate. I sent down a  few samples and the textured patinated gold effect was the one. Again it took many coats to build up the finished effect and again was a lot about balance. I started by cleaning the slate with sugar soap then gently sanded it and applied 2 coats of Zinsser Coverstain. onto this I applied a couple of coats of textured emulsion in a light yellow ochre. I then applied 4 coats of Modern Masters Pale Gold acrylic paint (available from www.goldleafsupplies.co.uk) using a foam roller. The Modern Masters range has some lovely colours and is great to use, though it isn’t that opaque, hence the 4 coat. I then lightly sanded it all back which revealed some of the emulsion and gave it a mottled look. I then ‘clouded’ on another Modern Masters paint, Brass in certain areas to create a more aged and rustic look. Finally I applied 2 coats of Kiva lacquer (available from Holmans Specialist Paints – www.holmanpaints.co.uk) and highlighter certain parts of the detailing with treasure gold classic wax. And that was it – job done 🙂

 

I really enjoyed this project so I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about it – Happy Painting!

Close up of the finished effects

Close up of the finished effects