How to Paint a Colorful, Boho Finish | Latin Floral Transfer and Feathers Decoupage Paper
Y'all, this is a personal favorite piece and I can't wait to show you how I got this look. Of course I love all my pieces, but color and boho vibes are my jam!
Here's where we are going....
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-Feathers Rice Decoupage Paper
And here's what we are starting with....
The first thing I do, and THE most important step to prepping your furniture, is to properly clean all the dirt and grime off. I used a premixed bottle of White Lightning and water and spray the section down generously and let it sit for 30-ish seconds. Then, I take a finishing pad that has been cut into a small square and scrub the piece while the white lightning is on it. You'll wipe that off with a shop towel. You'll want to rinse off your white lightning residue well, so then I spray with a water bottle mixed with 50/50 ratio of white distilled vinegar and water. You'll wipe this off with a shop towel too. Now we are ready to create!
Since this piece had so many nooks and crevices, I decided to do the "peek a boo color pop" technique on it. I also knew I wanted to use the Latin Floral transfer, but didn't want to take away from the transfer with too much color.
First, use a French Tip Brush and add Plum Crazy into all the crevices and feather out any harsh paint lines that may be left behind. You'll want to do this so that when you go over the whole piece to paint it, there won't be an obvious bump or line underneath where you layered your colors. After the Plum Crazy has dried (with a heat gun or on it's own) you'll add in bits of Colonel Mustard and Terracotta randomly in the crevices too. The goal is to have little bits of all three colors popping through sporadically once the top layer is done. There is no right or wrong way to do this! Here's where you'll be after the first coat...
Once your layers have dried, then take your slightly damp Flat Mini Brush and start painting over the whole piece with Mermaid Tail. To ensure that you don't cover up too much of your colors, start on the flat surfaces to deposit your paint, and then dry brush over the crevices. On the first coat, don't try to get the right amount of color to pop through...this will happen with your second coat. You always want to do thin coats when painting your piece...don't try and cover the piece with your first coat. So, after your first coat has dried, come in with the same process for the second coat. Deposit your paint on the flat surface, then dry brush over your crevices.
Let your paint dry completely, then it's time to apply your transfer! It is VERY important that you let your paint dry fully before applying transfers. Transfers do not like moisture of any sort, so if your paint is still dry, you will have a hard time applying it and aint nobody got time to fight with a transfer, especially when the Belles and Whistles transfers are the easiest and best in the industry, let's just be honest...
I chose to cut up my Latin Floral transfer and strategically place the pieces on the furniture. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this...just pick out the pieces you like and go for it! I knew this was going in my new office, so I painted all 4 sides since the back would be facing out!
Now, on to the hardware and top. I wanted to pull colors from the transfer for the top and hardware and had a hard time deciding between Aubergine and In the Navy...but went with Aubergine since I knew the placement of how my new house would be and what furniture would be near by...2 pieces with Aubergine on them. For the hardware, I cleaned well with White Lightning and rinsed well. Then I applied a coat of Slick Stick, let it dry completely, applied a second coat of Slick Stick and let it sit for 24 hours. When dry, I painted 2 coats of Aubergine with an artist brush, then 2 coats of Clear Coat Flat, again with an artist brush.
I painted the top with just straight Aubergine....2 thin coats for a smooth surface. I sealed the top with 2 coats of Gator Hide, and sealed the body of the cabinet with 2 coats of Clear Coat Flat...using a Flat Mini to apply the top coats.
Then I decided to go a step further...I LOVE feathers and I was dying to use the Feathers Rice Decoupage Paper. I decided to cut out a bunch of the Feathers and apply them on the inside of the cabinet door. I didn't cut them out perfectly, because I knew I could use Gator Hide as my decoupage medium, making the transfers translucent and it was going over an unpainted surface. To apply, you simply brush on your Gator Hide with your Flat Mini on to your furniture, place your decoupage paper on, smooth out with your fingers and then you can go over the top right away with your Gator Hide if you want to. In my case, I was applying multiple pieces so I waited until I was done to do my final top coat.
And that was all she wrote for this one! I am super stoked to look at and use this cabinet every day in my office! (I have got to quit keeping all my pieces LOL)
To watch the full video on how I created this, keep going....👇🏻
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Part 2: https://youtu.be/6-WXP-ZPbr8
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