The colour scheme of my Cauldron Shop will be red and black alongside the dark wood. This has meant a lot of layering of paint the last few days. I am learning to take my time with each stage in order to achieve the best possible results and hopefully the effect I actually want!
The shelving for the top floor has a cream under coat and then three coats of Paprika Red as seen here.
I am always grateful for other bloggers who share their techniques and I have shamelessly read and re-read the blogs of Michelle and Katie.
Michelle is the queen of distressing and Katie is the the queen of crackle!!
Thank you ladies your blogs have taught me so much.
After the red layers I applied a generous coat of crackle glaze and then a top coat of black acrylic paint.
Trying to achieve a heavy crackle is very difficult, or it might just be me, and I just could not get enough red to show through.
So I rubbed the units down, again, to achieve a more distressed look. The problem being that having added a layer of the crackle glaze it was very hard work to rub off the top layer of black.
Finally I got the look I want and finished them off with a coat of modge podge glow in the dark.
With the shelving now in place I am having doubts about the fire place on this floor. It is all a bit squashed so I am not going to put anything more in this room until I have dressed the display shelves.
I have also been working on all the 'wood' pieces for the outside of the shop. Same colours as you can see - a layer of cream, 3 layers of the red and a top coat of black.
This time I used a much more generous coat of crackle glaze and achieved a better crackle but still not enough for the distressed and weathered look I was after.
With more sanding it looks just how I had hoped.
All the pieces have been sealed with a semi-gloss sealent and are ready to be fixed to the carcass which means I can finish the two fronts and the outside of the carcass.
Then I will be back to layering the dirty water washes both inside and out, oh and the lighting, and the roof, and the chimneys, and the fireplaces..........
But soooo much fun when it works!!!