I decided to do a few other projects all up all at the same time as I planned to use all the same colors & products on them. I did a church window style mirror, a crown planter, and a pair of bookends. Here's the 'before' shots:
This picture kind of looks like a reflection of rain clouds and it looks like there's drops of rain on it. LOL. It was the best I could do.
In the "after" pictures further down in this post, you will get to see it better.
I left this untouched for a few days. I was scared to do a scratch test! Before I put it in the frame, I noticed that some debris of some sort had dried into the paint on the surface so I used 600 grit sandpaper and very lightly went over the whole surface . . . successfully! Yay! IT WORKS! The antiquing method WORKS! :)
To age it, I mixed a little bit of leftover grey paint that I had in a little jar with some Saman Waterbased Dead Flat Varnish, stirred it up real well and then brushed it on. I had to work in sections because it would dry quick. I brushed on and then using a damp clean microfibre cloth, I wiped the access off. In the places where too much got wiped back off, I would use a sponge brush and stipple more of this custom glaze back on until it all looked the way I wanted it to. I left it to dry for a couple of hours and then brushed on one more coat of the Saman varnish only. Love, love, love the outcome!!
I did the same thing as with the mirror. I painted them with Heirloom Traditions Paint in French Vanilla . . . two coats, stippling each coat. Then, aged them with the same paint/varnish mixture as I used on the mirror, following up with one last coat of Saman Waterbased Dead Flat Varnish. For the crown, I just a used a sponge brush for the whole thing. It was really too small of areas to use a brush on when doing the glaze and varnish.
For staging purposes, I used a faux succulent plant that I had on hand, but it really wouldn't be my choice of size/color of pot for this crown.
They can be used as their original intended purpose . . . bookends. Or, they can be used like decorative corbels! They would have to be either hung from the two built-in holes in the backs of them or hung AND glued with something like No More Nails or PL Premium. Just think of the possibilities!! Under a bookshelf or under a kitchen island (like I did on my Mom's island here) or in the upper corners of a doorway. The one drawback to these is they are ceramic so you can't screw through them like you can with wood or other such materials.