Distressed Turquoise with Chocolate Glaze

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 12:46
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A very special treat for you today from Brooke of Killer B Designs! Brooke is sharing with us her step by step instructions on how she achieves that wonderful turquoise with chocolate glaze finish!


Brooke also used this finishing technique on the Surf Board Table and Benches she built for a charity event.  So beautiful!

If you have questions for Brooke, or would like to see more photos, I encourage you to visit Brooke over at Killer B Designs.

Shopping List

Minwax Stain in Gunstock

Behr Semi-Gloss Water Based Paint in Mermaid Treasure

Valspar Tintable Glazing Medium

150 Grit Sandpaper

Brushes and Rags

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Step 1

Start by painting the Behr Mermaid Treasure over the project. To bring out the distressed edges, try staining part of the project with the Minwax Gunstock. 

Brooke stained the top pieces, painted the main console part for a nice contrast. 

Now comes the hard part ... This now is the most difficult step.

Let the paint dry.

I know it's hard - but just let it dry completely. If you sand too early, the paint will come off in chunks - not giving you that time worn distressed feel.

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Step 2 Instructions

Projects that work well for distressing are ones that have lots of edges to distress! So look over you project at the edges - the most likely spots for wear - and lightly distress with 150 grit sandpaper. A sanding block works well - avoid using a power sander and over distressing your project.

If you did the sample block, distress edges until you are happy.

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Step 3 Instructions

When you are happy with the distressing, remove all sanding debris and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Let dry completely.

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Step 4 Instructions

Next you need to make your glaze. Brooke used Valspar Tintable Glazing Medium, with a ratio of 4:1. If you want it darker, use 3:1, always with glaze in the higher amount. You don’t need a lot of stain to make the glaze dark.

Test the glaze on your sample scrap block.

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Step 5 Instructions

Use a rag to work the glaze into the project. You will want to wear gloves, and make sure the glaze is worked into all the little crevices, across flat surfaces, and soaking up into the distressed areas.

Work in small sections for larger projects to avoid the glaze drying too fast.

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Step 6 Instructions

Test wiping off the glaze with a clean rag. If the glaze comes off to cleanly, you will want to reapply and wait a little longer. If the glaze is too dark, simply use a damp clean rag to wipe off glaze.

Be patient during this step - you have a good window of time to get things just right.

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Step 7 Instructions

With glaze removed, glaze remaining is concentrated in cracks and distressed areas.

Remember, at this stage you can repeat these steps for an even stronger distressing.

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Step 8 Instructions

Allow the glaze to dry completely.<p>To protect the glaze, spray project with two coats of polycrylic top coat.</p><p>And a huge thank you to<a href="http://www.killerbdesigns.com/distressing-paint-with-glaze-and-stain/&q…; target="_blank"> Brooke at Killer B Designs</a> for sharing this tutorial with us! &nbsp;Thank you Brooke!</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>