Wagon Wheel Redo

  • Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

This was fun!  Shop around and find yourself a really unusual old antique that has some potential.  (The one featured today was a wagon wheel found in an old house on a farm).  Clean it up and brush off as best you can.  I first taped off all the metal parts because that is the really neat part about this piece is the old tarnished metal.  I always use blue painters tape found at Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot or any other craft/paint store.  Then I used a soft pale teal color and loosely painted all the wood areas exposed without tape.  I did not try to get into every nook and cranny.  Then I used a terra cotta color and very lightly almost with a dry brush swept on with a chip brush a touch here and there of that color.  Then the last color I used was a dark chocolate brown and did the same dry brush technique but made it heavier along the edges here and there.  This effect makes the piece look as if it might have been different colors over the years and you see a peek of each one.   Note:  I chose not to use a gloss finish.  What I did leaves a matte look which is what you would naturally find with a time worn piece of furniture.  I removed the painters tape and the last thing I did was very lightly with a dry brush method and the chip crush, softly stroked metallic silver over the metal areas.  This also adds to the time worn look.  There will be a round glass piece that will be cut and placed over the top…. and the results, a beautiful coffee table or conversation piece!



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