Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Sea Weathered Crackle Blue Jasmine Chest!

Hi Blog Friends!
Well, I promised I would show you the chest I have been working on....
It is done & sitting in our master bath now.
I'd had doing this in my mind for sometime, but when I saw Julia here:
I was inspired to get going!
This is the first time I've done a piece of furniture like this.
My hubby said he'd help me, but he knew this was "my project!"
The only thing he did for me was give advice, & help me carry it in & out of the house to work on.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece & I took pictures for you throughout the process, so you could see what all goes into doing a piece like this.
So, get ready for a blitz of pictures! LOL
Let's get started, & I HOPE you enjoy.
First of all,
This is the chest I picked out for our master bath,
 found on Amazon.... 
It's made of wood from a rubber tree, which is easier to finish from what I understand.
Here, it is sanded between 2 coats of wood sealant.
(Notice the white dust?)
I sanded, put sealant on, sanded again, put another coat of sealant on & then sanded again using the different grades of sanding paper, sanding it the final time about 3 times.
(Always dusting between the sanding.)
I went from using 220 to 320 to 400 in sandpaper,
going from a rougher sandpaper to a finer sandpaper.
I wanted it smooooooth!
I wanted the chest to store towels in.
 I know you might be wondering, how is she going to do that?
That is coming....
I applied Painters Tape where I didn't want stain or paint.
 I applied Painters Tape on the drawers too....
All ready to stain.
I believe this is the first coat of stain. 
I could have applied paint as the first coat with what I'm going to do, but I chose stain instead.
Don't forget, before you stain or paint, wipe down/dust the wood of the white dust from sanding.
This is the stain I used, found at Lowe's.
Here is the first coat of stain on the drawers.
Here is the chest with a few coats of stain; you can see I left the inside as is.
Working at this angle is difficult &
you'll find out that working on a vertical piece like this has other drawbacks. 
You can leave your project in pieces to work on or  not.
It's a matter of choice.
Here the drawers have had a few coats of stain.
You can also see I've stained the end of a decorator piece, an oar.
(I've seen these on Amazon & the more expensive ones have the tip painted...
 I just purchased a plain one....)
You'll also notice the difference in the stain color from the oar to the drawers.
 That is because of the base color, the stain is painted on.
(The oar gives the truest color of the ebony stain.)
 I ended up doing about 3 coats of stain & realizing, that if you leave the stain in the corners & at joints, it tends to antique the piece.
I even had a brief moment of wondering whether or not I wanted to paint this piece at all,
 I liked how it was coming out so much!
When applying the stain, I used rags & paint brushes & then wiped it off, as if buffing it.
The next step?
You can find this Crackle Medium on Amazon here:
 Reading the directions & comments from others on Amazon, I found that others were confused as to how to use this medium. So, I was worried about how this piece would come out!
 I didn't want to re-do it!
 I took things slow & read & re-read....I thought, "Ok, here we go!"
What wasn't clear in the directions, was what part don't you overlap? The crackle or the paint?
So, I painted on the crackle in one coat which is clear, but it was easy to see as I did it,
without overlapping.
By the way, I have so much of this left over, I could do another chest, or three or four or......
Picking out the paint:
I picked out the paint color to match the blue in my master bath rug.
I then, picked out other blue paint chips from other companies that just might match up, just in case.
All those paint chips & guess what?
I picked THE PERFECT COLOR the first time! LOL
Take a look now after the paint is applied:
I know it looks REALLY BLUE, but hang in there with me.....
First, can you see the crackling?
All that was needed was one coat of  paint.
I used Sherwin Williams-Blue Jasmine- HGSW3343 Latex Paint.
As I give you closer looks, you can nearly see my brush strokes, as the directions said to paint with a  "hatching & cross-hatching" motion.
Where you overlap the paint, the crackling won't come through, so use a light hand.
Also, if you want large crackling, you will want heavier paint on your brush, for smaller crackling, you want less paint on your brush.
I wanted smaller crackling, because I knew this chest would be used a lot
& I didn't want the crackling to come off.
Take a look at the drawers with crackling!
The sides....you get a glimpse of why it might not be appealing to do this on a vertical piece. 
The larger "crackling" is where the paint just wanted to slide off the crackling medium.
But, I thought it looked more realistic & aged; just my opinion.
The other side....
 The bottom shelf...
It's "Crack-o-licious!" LOL
Time to varnish.
The varnish will seal the latex paint onto the furniture.
Helping to keep the crackle on....
The directions for the Crackle Medium said if you have your piece of furniture in a high moisture area, like a bathroom, you will want to varnish it.
I also researched on how to Antique your varnish...
Just add Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre tint to the varnish!
Well there was no "tint" to be found at our hardware!
So, because the Formby's Tung Oil Finish is oil based, I pulled out my oil paints!
I just kept adding till it was the right color for me....
You can see the Burnt Umber & Yellow Ochre there on the side of my bowl.
It does yellow up the varnish, which is normally clear.
The varnish took 12 hours to dry, but the second coat didn't take near as long.
Remember now, my master bath is in a Nautical Theme.
NOW, take a peak at the finished chest!
I think this is my best picture!
And now you see just how I'll store those towels.
Here are some more pictures for you to look at:
This is the chest without the baskets & towels....

 Here again with the baskets, found at Lowe's.
The liners for the baskets were made by me.
I just got some muslin material from Joanne's Fabrics & pulled out my sewing machine...
Inside the drawers:
 I painted the bottom of the drawers.
If you look at the earlier pictures, you'll see one of the drawers had a rusted looking mark on the bottom. I didn't like it, so I decided to paint the bottoms.
I also varnished the inside of the drawers to make it less likely the paint would come off with use.
I will also line the drawers with drawer liner.

A look at the side with the baskets....
I also put place mats under the baskets to help  protect the crackle painting.
(You can't see those!) ;)
A close-up of the baskets & towels....
I replaced the wooden handles that came with the chest & added antique Drawer Pulls from Lowes.
Here, you can see the crackle drooping up under the top of the table & you can also see the "good" crackling up close. Personally, I don't mind the drooping of the paint.
Another reason I don't mind it, I can see the stained undercoating  just a little better....
Here, another look at the bottom shelf.
Another plus for antiquing your varnish, is that I think it brings out the crackling just a little bit more, not to mention, it tones down the brightness of the blue!
Here, the decorator piece--the oar, that is also crackled & varnished, along with the paint chip I used.
(The Blue Jasmine is the blue swatch next to the lightest shade, or next to the bottom swatch.)
This is the top of the table, where I only used the Ebony Stain & the antiqued varnish.
I didn't forget the back of the chest!
I just didn't bother with applying the crackle medium to the back panel.
Here's the chest inside with my inspiration piece!
I can tell you, I am QUITE PLEASED with how it came out!
We still need new towel racks, a wall paper boarder, etc. but we are on our way now!
It will be a Sea-Side Oasis! LOL
So, what do you think?
Do you also think like I do, that this piece looks like the sea has weathered it just a bit?
I hope you enjoyed this post & are thinking of something you can Crackle!
P.S. A few more little decorator pieces to complete here for our sea-side oasis,
 & I'll show you those too when I get them done!
I just can't promise it will be soon.


  1. Hi Becky. Thanks for the link and so glad you were inspired to get going! Your chest looks beautiful. I love the outcome and thanks for sharing the step by step. Love how you accessorized it too. Great job! :)

  2. OH!MY! what a fantastic job you did on the chest. Your research paid off with a spectacular job. A beautiful accent to a happy oasis.

  3. What a beautiful job on this and great details.

  4. That is so beautiful! You did an outstanding job :) Love it all! Have a great week.

  5. Oh, Becky, this is absolutely gorgeous and a piece of art! Wow, it looks beautiful in our "oasis." Stunning, my friend, and so worth all the work! Many years ago I refinished a chair for my mom (which I now have), and to do it right, it takes a lot of sanding and lots of coats. Beautifully done!! Hugs!

  6. Becky -

    Love it! It looks fantastic!!! Love the step-by-step photos too! :)


  7. Wow... This is incredible Becky! Love how it turned out. I really like the versatility of this chest and it was certainly worth all the effort. Really love the makeover... By the way that blue looks amazing, great pick!!! Hugs, Gracie.

  8. What an excellent makeover! I enjoyed watching the process, there is a lot of work involved but the results are lovely.

  9. Oh what a wonderful up-cycled project and loved all the fun pictures.

    Hugs Diane


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