To make the glaze I mixed 3 tablespoons of Dark Soft Wax,
3 tablespoons mineral spirits, and 1 tablespoon Silver Gilding Wax.
I mixed this glaze in a nacho boat and didn't totally
mix the Gilding Wax into the mixture. You can see clumps of the Gilding Wax
in the picture. I did this so I would have imperfect amounts of the silver on my
brush as I painted on the glaze.
Now the creative fun begins....the waxing and glazing!
Using a Premium wax brush I Clear Waxed
the desk front and while the wax was damp I painted
on the glaze using a paint brush. Apply the glaze following the direction
of the wood grain. You should create a striated look with veins of silver
running through the glaze. This is a very imperfect look.
I painted and glazed the hardware too. Next Clear Wax each side
and paint on the glaze. Insert the drawers into the desk, Clear Wax,
and paint on glaze. Make sure all the drawers have a similar glazed look.
Allow the glaze to dry overnight
We live in the historic district of McKinney in a 60 year old ranch style house.
A few years ago I lime-washed our green painted brick to give it a lighter look.
Our lot is filled with trees creating a dark shaded yard. Well when I initially
painted the original ugly reddish orange brick green I didn't realize
the green brick would fade into the shaded green landscaping.
So I decided to lighten the house by white lime-washing the brick.
This solved the problem.
There are many ways to lime-wash a house but this is the method I used.
I purchased a 30 pound bag of lime from a big box store at the cost of around $7.00.
I mixed about 2 parts lime to 1 part water in a 5 gallon bucket...
about the consistency of pancake batter.
I painted on the lime-wash mixture over the painted green brick in a
random pattern allowing some of the green brick to show through.
If you want the lime-wash to be chippy looking add more lime
to the mixture.
After the lime-wash dried I took a SOS pad and sanded off
some of the lime-wash where I wanted more green to show through.
Lime-washing is a very fast project and it only cost me $7.00 for the whole house.
This is a very easy do-it-yourself process.
The lime-wash on our house is four years old and still looks great.
unfitted kitchen features freestanding, furniture like-cabinetry,
with handcrafted items or
repurposed flea-market finds to create a highly
My last three kitchens, unknown to me, have been unfitted kitchens.
I only recently read the description of an unfitted kitchen and
realized this style is what I'm drawn too. My present kitchen has three furniture pieces used for cabinets, upper cabinets doors slide like the old country store cabinets, has a 1920's freestanding stove, wood floors, and counter-tops made of copper, wood, and marble.
Several movies have featured unfitted kitchens.
Movie: The Holiday
Movie: It's Complicated
Movie: Baby Boom
Movie: Julia & Julia
Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
In an unfitted kitchen pieces often can be
approached from more than one
direction. Various vintage
pieces are used as an island or table. Farmhouse sinks are also used; or
sinks set into a vintage piece. Stoves can be freestanding.
Sometimes there are no upper cabinets but open shelves
and windows all around the sink area.
To see French inspired unfitted kitchens visit Cote De Texas Here
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures ~ Karla