Broken pieces and new paint is one of my favorite jams. I wanted to share this vintage mantle revamp. Awhile back I was searching every where for a certain style of mantle and I never could seem to find one. That was until I had our vendor event at a vintage pop-up market. The owner of the venue had a mantel sitting on her back porch that she was going to get rid of when she moved her shop. I decided just to go take a look I mean it couldn’t hurt right?
Well come to find out, it was the mantle I was looking for! When I first painted the mantel I took some left over sample paint from Rustoleum but, this time I used the Ultra Matte Spray Paint from Rustoleum. When I am repainting a vintage piece I want to make sure that the distressing is more of what a natural ware from over the years would look like. I knew that I had previous paint on the mantel and I wanted to some of the old paint on there but not, all of it. I sanded down the mantel down lightly and the wiped it down with a damp cloth.
Once it is dry, I rubbed Vaseline on the edges and anywhere I did not want the paint to stick. When you apply the vaseline you do not want to put ton because it could get chunky when you use the spray paint. I did a very thin layer on the edges. Once that was on there, I began spray painting. I used short strokes and held the can back to reduce the risk of having paint runs. After applying the first coat, I let the paint dry for two hours before applying another coat. Since I did a very thin light coat on the first round, I decided that in some spaces I would do another coat to create the effect of worn.
Once that coat dried for two hours, I then took a dry cloth and rubbed the mantel down. Where the vaseline was the paint wiped right off. This then created the effect of a natural ware and tear on a piece. This is my new favorite way of repainting a vintage piece. No brushes, no brush marks, and quick. In the shop, I use Rustoleum spray paint everyday and now I can say I use it at home too.
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