133 - Advent Calendar Pt. 3

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 11-19-2010 06:45 PM 2529 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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The base for the advent calendar is made with 1/2” ply, butt joints and brad nails. Doesn’t get simpler than that! Once the construction is complete, I embark on a journey into the world of faux finishing with a 2-part distressed paint job. Now I know my way around the finish cabinet, but one of my weak areas is acrylic paint. I just never work with the stuff, let alone creating faux finishes. So the best way to learn sometimes is to jump in and do it. And maybe its not too surprising that things aren’t exactly perfect. But with a little elbow grease, the Advent Calendar is now resting comfortable on the ledge in my entrance hallway.

Here’s the paint I used for this project:

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EF Milk Paints are classic interior/exterior acrylic paints suitable for furniture, crafts, cabinets, and outdoor furniture…

General Finishes EF Milk Paints

Wanna build along with me? Download the free plans now:
Advent Calendar SketchUp Plan
Advent Calendar PDF Plan

Associated Shop Journal Posts:
Jig For the Advent Calendar
Tiny Door Hinges
More Tiny Door Hinges
Distressed Painted Finish

Other parts in this series:
Advent Calendar Part 1
Advent Calendar Part 2

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 11:45 PM

thanks Mark my wife loved so much i am making 6 of them and It is fun so far

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 12:21 AM

six? You are a braver man than me my friend. Please send pics when you get them done. I would love to see them.

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 09:16 PM

Enjoyed the series, Mark.

We grew up with single-use, paper advent calendars that just had different pictures behind the dates. Also those paper ones had the dates scattered thoughout a scene, so half the fun was searching for the next day.

Those aspects of the paper one could be applied here if someone wanted to put a different spin on it, would be easy to swap the dates around if they were all same size drawers.

Great project and happy holidays!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 10:01 PM

Very cool Marc.

My wife likes the drawer idea. I think they would get lost but maybe I could figure out a way to prevent that.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 04:18 PM

Another great project Marc.
Watching this really gets you into the holiday spirit. Very cool music at the beginning, when are you going to take that singing act on the road? Harry Connick Jr. doesn’t have anything on you!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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