How To Use Glacage by Maison Blanche

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It was another beautiful weekend here in Texas…blue skies and 70 something degrees.  I spent a perfect Saturday afternoon out in Pipe Creek with the Burlap Junkies at their new shop.

Under the trees, a small group of us learned how to use a product called Glacage.  French for icing (which is exactly what it looked like), this product creates a raised design that allows you to add a rich detail to anything you can think of.

From the Maison Blanche Paint line which Burlap Junkies carries exculsively, Glacage is a fun and easy way to make any stencil pop.

For this project, we started with salvaged long leaf pine cabinet doors (swoon).

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We each picked our own paint color and put on the first coat.  Mine is Confederate Grey.  Let it dry completely.

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Next comes the fun application of Glacage in Turquoise (check with Burlap Junkies for additional colors).  Place the stencil with spray adhesive and apply the Glacage somewhat generously at an angle with a gift card, hotel room key or credit card.  Remove the stencil.

Mine came out a little gloppy in one spot, but Mrs. Burlap Junkie assured me it wouldn’t matter in the end.  The product will lighten up when it’s dry, which is when it’s ready for the next step.

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Apply another coat of the paint, painting right over your stencil.

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If you want a shabby looking piece, then go ahead and lightly sand your edges, avoiding the stencil for now.  Once you have the rest of the piece where you want it, go ahead and begin to gently sand over the Glacage.  The amount of color that you want to come through is completely up to you, so just sand until your heart is content.  You’ll want to use a piece of hand-held sand paper, as an electric sander would be to much for this application.

I guess i forgot the after-sanding picture, so on to the next step – the wax.  I opted for a dark wax to really give this piece an aged look.  The longer it sits, the darker it gets, so wipe off the wax whenever you’re ready.  Keep wiping until your piece is smooth.  Then deem it finished!

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Some hooks were added to created an adorable piece of hanging decor!  You could also use bent spoons on either end to create a serving tray.

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I love the subtlety of the detail and can’t wait to use this product on an upcoming project in my home!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and see any projects that you’ve done using Glacage.  Don’t forget to visit my friends over at Burlap Junkies to order your Maison Blanche Paint products!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

How To Makeover A Chair Using Maison Blanche Paint

Mason Blanche ChairOver the weekend I went to a furniture painting class and learned how to makeover a chair using Maison Blanche paint.  I’m always interested in learning new things and trying new products, and this experience did not disappoint!

The Burlap Junkies out in Pipe Creek, Texas host Painting Parties to teach people how to give new energy to an old piece of furniture.  It’s an afternoon of food, fun and new friends that you can enjoy with or without wine.  Your choice.

I signed up for the small furniture painting class early in May, and thought I had plenty of time to find a piece to take.  However, time got away from me and I found myself a few days away from the event with no piece.  Never to fear though, the Chair Junkee is here! Sweet Claudia (a.k.a. Chair Junkee) partners with Lisa from Burlap Junkies to make sure that no one leaves empty handed.  The best part is, the price of her chairs (which are well priced), include reupholstering! She saved my bacon by having this beautiful chair available to purchase.

Now, on to the how to…

Because of the fabric I had picked out, I decided on the Coffee Bean chalk paint from Maison Blanche.  With the chip brush, I applied a quick coat of paint.

Mason Blanch Chair

And then another, and then another (because of the dark shade of paint).

When the paint was thoroughly dry, I took a 220 grit piece of sandpaper and created a well-used look, allowing some of the original wood to show through the paint.  After the sanding, I applied a clear wax with a chip brush

Mason blanche Chair

When the clear wax had been buffed with a rag, I then applied a product called Lime Wax.  I was pretty excited to use this because I had never heard of it before.  It ended up being the magic to this piece, creating a truly aged look by putting a greyish white into all of the grooves, including the grain of the wood.

I have to admit, I had not been happy with the color of the coffee bean alone, but with the lime wax, it was spectacular!  Here is the finished product:

Mason Blanche Chair

While I worked, Ms. Claudia recovered my seat with the fabric I brought.  When I finished the chair, she screwed the seat on and it all tied together so well!  I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

If you’re in the San Antonio Area, be sure and check out the Burlap Junkies and the Chair Junkee on Facebook!

Peace & Love,

Carrie