with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos
Today a semi-confession: I have a close personal relationship with cheese. I love it equally as a food and a sense of humour. I love it in movies, books, sauces and fashion. And it is well known amongst my friends and family that after a lifetime of indulging, I believe I am mostly made of it.
So it only stands to reason that I like cheesy, kitschy (+ inexpensive) household stuff and this post is about how I manage to mix that adoration with my love for beautiful interior décor.
Enter the 1960s/70s plasticy, cheesy wall hanging. They were everywhere. Plastic arrived in home style magazines as a must-have and people couldn`t get enough of it.
There were these fruity, lattice thingys,
scary bird plaques
and fab flowery whatchamacallits.
There is a teeming overabundance of molded polysomethings that sit unloved in second-hand stores across the nation. Most current decoraters wouldn`t touch them with a 10 foot pole unless their client was all retro-loving and insistent. Ahhh, but not I! These are the things I covet because I know "the secret".
Not the secret that made author Rhonda Byrne famous. If that were the case, I`d be rich and would hire someone else to make over my plasticy, cheesy wall hangings. No, this is a secret that some believe is, well, wierdish and that I am far too willing to share. So, here goes... tutorial time!
During a visit to Value Village, I saw this poor little spoon-hanger-planter in the "no one wants me" pile.
Of course I snapped it up immediately. The brownish-black bronzy-copperish colouring is seriously dated (and defies explanation) but I liked the detail.
Off to the cash counter with my $4.99 prize and then to the boutique where the most difficult decision of the project was choosing which Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) to use.
Part of my secret weaponry, ASCP paints onto practically everything without primer and I use it on glass, plastic, metal, crafts... anything requiring a little pizazz.
After some mulling, Duck Egg Blue was selected. I really wanted to bring out the best in this... planspoo?...plangsploon?... splanter! by giving it an old-world patina.
Because it is an uncooperative shape I took it apart to make it more manageable, dusted it off and got started. No surface prep required. Just the paint, a chalk paint brush and a little newspaper.
I gave it two light coats of paint and found something to do for a few minutes while it dried.
Oooo... nice candelabra arrangement by my broomy Leslie (that`s short for business roomate... yup, more cheese):
Gratuitous shot of my new Annie Sloan sample board:
AND... time to wax.
These are the finishing tools of the trade: ASCP Clear Wax, ASCP Dark Wax, my favourite wax brush and good quality lint-free cheesecloth (what else!).
I brushed on then rubbed off one coat of the clear wax and buffed through in areas I felt would be naturally distressed to give it "life". Once the clear wax was no longer tacky to the touch, I brushed on a smattering of dark wax to bring out all that ornate loveliness. The waxes have the consistency of room-temperature butter and I used the cheesecloth to wipe away the excess until I liked the look.
I`ll take a close up.
Once that was set, I gave it a quick buff with clean piece of the cloth, and Voila!
The painted splanter was in the boutique for a few days and we were asked so many times about it that a tutorial seemed to be the thing to do!
That and squirreling it away to take home with me.
What do you think? Moldy Oldy or Cheesy Good?