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Forum topic by bowtiefoster posted 12-09-2015 07:27 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2015 07:27 PM

Hello all!

First, thank you for taking the time to help me! I am trying to achieve the attached finish. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

Are the faux cracks machine made or made by a chisel? Also, how do you get the brown undertones beneath the turquoise?

Thank you so much in advance!


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#1 posted 12-09-2015 07:36 PM

Don’t know about the cracks. I’d say you could make them however you like.

For the finish, the best way (that I’m familiar with) that you can achieve it is to basecoat everything the brown color and then go back and drybrush the green over top. Watch some youtube videos on drybrushing if you’ve never done it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 07:45 PM

I’d say a v-gouge, although you could use a small knife, almost like chip carving in that you’d run it along the line twice and then pop out the piece.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 09:09 PM

They just sanded through the blue to bare wood. Then went pretty heavy with black glaze in the cracks and dents, then sprayed with clear coat.


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#4 posted 12-10-2015 05:39 PM

Thank you all so much for all the tips! I’m going to try them!

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 09:42 PM

That looks like a milk paint finish with a coat of something medium gloss / satin sheen as a top coat finish. The exposed brown is supposed to mimic aged wood but could maybe be reproduced with a medium brown water based dye under coat and some light sanding of the milk paint.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 12-10-2015 09:45 PM

So application would look like this:
- brown water based dye… Moderately Dry
- milk paint stain.. Full Dry
-light “distressed look” sanding but not too deep that you’re cutting into your dye.
- 2-3 coats spray lacquer (you can do a lot with rattle can lacquer and its forgiven), P&L varnish, poly whatevs.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 09:56 PM

Agree on the milk finish – - I would PM “Horizontal Mike”, as he has been doing a lot with that finish in past projects as well as making/modifying his own milk paint.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 03:46 PM

Thank you all so much! I’ll PM him now and get some milk paint.

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 04:13 PM

Sorry to disagree but this finish is too glossy for milk paint,which can be a problem to get top coats to stick to. I would say it’s flat paint with a satin top coat. as others have said the deep grooves are made with a cutting tool of some sort a veiner carving tool or just a carving knife. you cut those first sand apply your top color,then ad the dark colors in marks you’ve made then lightly sand,then apply the top clear coat.

-- Custom furniture

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