Sometimes a piece of furniture walks through my door that screams…. “blah”. There isn’t anything special about it, and even with paint it seems almost impossible to make it interesting. Example, I recently was tasked with painting this guy. I used Dixie Bell’s Vintage Duck Egg and Savannah Mist and even though it’s beautiful it just needed something more.
I’m very familiar with Crack Shot Spackling Paste because I have two teenage boys who can do their fair share of damage to the walls. I’ve also used it on canvas before to add dimension. I knew it would be the perfect addition to this dresser. I also knew that I wanted to add a pop of color so here’s what I did.
I took a glob of the spackle and put it straight on my paint pallet. I then added acrylic paint, equal parts copper and old gold. I mixed it really well making sure to maintain the original consistency of the spackle. I love the dusty rose color I ended up with.
Here’s where the fun happens. I got out a regular floral stencil that you would primarily use with paint, and a putty knife. I taped the stencil to the dresser and started applying a generous coat of the spackle mix. Make sure to move your putty knife AWAY from the edges to keep from getting spackle under the stencil. I used the same technique in random areas on the dresser, carefully pealed the stencil off and let it dry overnight!
Once it was dry I lightly sanded, and I mean LIGHTLY, to remove any imperfections in my spackle design. Then I took my brush and with a very small amount of paint (the original dresser colors) I lightly blended to make the new dresser detail seem more natural.
That’s it y’all! I bet you didn’t realize that spackle could be used in such an artistic way!? Ha! Neither did I until I decided to get creative with it. Boy am I happy I did. I just love how this dresser turned out. A little creativity took it from just “blah” to “beautiful”! What do y’all think?
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