A New Trick

Well, I finally picked up a paint brush this week.  I’ve got to get back in the groove here.

So, I’ve had this set of shutters forever just waiting for the perfect project.  Actually, I have 4 sets.  Picked them up at the Habitat Restore.

In Julie’s mood board, I included some shutters with a book page wreath that I think we may put over her desk.  So, here’s where these shutters come in.

Since we are accenting the room with turquoise, ASCP Duck Egg is the perfect color.  So, I slathered on a coat of paint.  No need for a second coat, as I’m going to distress it pretty good anyway.

Then, to give them a little more texture and age, I broke out the hair dryer.  Yep, the hair dryer.

If you put on a thick layer of paint and then dry it with a hair dryer (or heat gun if you have one) on hot, the paint will crack, giving you something like this.

Isn’t that cool?  A new trick.

So after adding a little crackly age, I distressed the whole thing with my handy dandy sanding block, then put on a coat of clear wax.

And, here’s the final product.

Pretty quick project and it will look great in Julie’s room.

Linking to:

Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party
Primp Your Stuff
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
The Shabby Creek Cottage  

 

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25 thoughts on “A New Trick

  1. The shutters and wreath looks great together! Thanks for sharing the tip about the hair dryer. I'll have to remember that.Have a wonderful day,Gail

  2. Ooooh…thanks for sharing this tip! I have some shutters that I'm going to paint, but I want them to look old and chippy. This will make them even better. I'm going to pin your idea!

  3. Beautiful color and I love that new trick! I will def try it soon on one of my bazillion projects. Good for you for not only being a single mom (that is a feat in and of itself) but doing things on a budget and still having it turn out looking so great! I have got to get my hands on some more shutters. I have one small one and I love it. 🙂

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