I love faux mantles and I was lucky enough to find this one at a thrift store. I didn’t love the color but I’m never opposed to getting out my paint brush. I wanted it to look aged and chippy so I decided to use this technique that I had used in the past. It’s so easy! And guess what? It only takes paint, glue, and wax to finish this project. That’s my kind of project, little supplies, and done in a couple of hours.
I started off by sanding down the mantle with my hand sander, only enough to smooth out the rough areas. The paint that I used is from my DIY chalk paint recipe and when using that paint, there is no sanding necessary but I wanted to smooth the area a little before I started as well as wanting to get rid of some of that “orangy” color underneath.
After I wiped off all of the dust from sanding, I used some regular school glue to get the distressed look. This is how it works…I wiped the glue in a thin layer over the mantle and then when the glue was drying (maybe a minute or two later), I painted one coat of chalk paint over the glue. I used a 2″ paint brush for painting.
When the paint starts to dry, the glue starts to crackle, as pictured here.
After the glue and paint were dry, I then used a putty knife to scrape off parts of the paint that I wanted to look chippy. After chipping the desired areas, I painted a second coat, just covering the mantle enough so that the paint was not too thin, while leaving some of the areas alone so that they would remain chippy. Painting over some of the chippy, cracking parts allowed for those areas to look as though there were layers of paint. I love those layers of paint on those old furniture pieces and how they are all chippy and old looking.
After I had all of the areas finished the way that I desired, I used dark wax to antique the mantle a little. I wiped the areas that I was going to wax with a wet rag and then applied the wax with a wet rag too. Wetting the area before applying the wax helps to keep from getting too much wax in one area. When working with dark wax, I always make sure to apply it very sparingly. It’s easy to apply more but not so easy to take off and make the area light colored again once it’s applied. I LOVE this mantle so much and am very happy with the chippy look that I was able to achieve. I will have a tutorial coming soon of how I made this clock from an old table top. My clock hands are on their way! YAY!
Rusty Roman Numerals: Thors Forge
White Chairs: Second Hand but are from Pottery Barn with Ikea slipcovers
Glass Coffee Table: Thrift Store and Painted
Jute Rug: Amazon
Rug on top of Jute Rug: Boutique Rugs
Trunks: Thrift Store and Painted with my Chalk Paint Recipe
Wreaths: Target from couple years back
White Fluffy Pillows: Home Goods
Wine Barrel: Garage Sale
Decorative Cloth Pumpkins: Flax and Willow
Clock: Tutorial coming soon on the blog
Frames: Thrift stores and painted
White Pillows: Ikea
Chunky Knit Throw: Whit Knit
Chippy Corbels: Partridge Farms Co
Chippy White Dresser: Painted with Old Barn Milk Paint Sweet Cream
Wood Bowl: Thrift Store
White Painted Pumpkins: DIY
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