I also told you that I had one more thing to share with you. I went to Scott's to see if a cow painting was still there that I had seen in March. I found the booth and it was gone. The vendor said it sold on Friday morning. So I was two days too late.
I walked up and down the aisles on the hunt for a new picture. It had to be something that worked with the French Country design that I love. First I found a very old painting in its original frame,that was falling apart, and the vendor wanted $250 for it so I kept looking till I spied another painting. There it was. The angels were singing. Well, not really. It was not framed when I found it. It was hanging up high in a corner over a bunch of boxes of beads and jewelry pieces that several women were going through. I asked how much and the vendor said it was $95. Much better price and it is the perfect look that I was going for. The cow painting I was originally wanting was also $250 so with the money I saved I was able to buy that other loot.
The painting is huge at 30 x 40, but it needed a frame so I went to Hobby Lobby. They had all frames at 50% off again and I found one that I felt would work. They framed the picture for me while I waited and all I had to pay for was the hanger which was a dollar. I couldn't believe they do this for free when you buy one of there frames. They could easily charge five dollars for the hanger they put on this.
Well, after it hung for ONE DAY and I kept looking at it I knew it needed to be changed. The black shiny look was just not right. It needed to be old and worn looking so out came the chalk paints and waxes.
I grabbed my can of Co Co and painted two coats on. Then I took the Antibes and just painted it on here and there to make it look like it had been painted several times and the worn layers were showing the different colors.
As I applied the Antibes, which I did not take pictures of this step, I took a damp paper towel and rubbed it to take some back off and to blend it and I rubbed hard enough to make some of the black show. Then it was waxed with clear and dark wax.
Here are a few close ups of the finish so you can see the layers.
Thought I would share a couple of close ups of the painting. Of course there has to be chickens.
Mr. Savvy asked me what this guy is doing and I said it looks like he is shaving the hay to make the thatch to me.
Here it is in the black.
And the new look.
Yes, the cow canvases have been moved.
There is another change in the breakfast room to share and that is why all the close ups. I know how y'all like to look and peek.
I was looking at this painting and was thinking it may need something added to each side such as plates, brackets and plates, antlers, copper, etc. So I emailed my friend Alison for her professional opinion and she said she would not add anything and just let this painting be the star.
Mr. Savvy came in after his half day at work and looked at the painting and yelled out, " I knew it wouldn't stay black. ONE DAY is all it took!"
He thinks he is so smart. We don't encourage him.
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