New World Toscana

In Get Inspired, Surface Techniques, Tutorials by gene howard

Step 1

Every project deserves a fresh start. Use Amy Howard at Home© Clean Slate™ solution and a lint-free rag to remove all dirt, grime and dust from surface.

Step 2

To ensure optimal performance, thoroughly shake the One Step Paint™ can for 1-2 minutes and follow by thoroughly stirring until consistency is completely smooth.

Step 3

Using an Amy Howard at Home© synthetic brush, coat your project with an even coat of One Step Paint™. Do not apply the paint too thick as it could crack while drying.

Step 4

Allow at least 30-45 minutes between each coat, repeating the stirring, painting and drying process until desired coverage is obtained.

Step 5

While dry time is passing, mix 1 part Amy Howard at Home© Toscana Milk Paint™ with 1 part water in a separate container.

Step 6

Stir until plaster is smooth and free of any lumps. Consistency should compare to a thin pancake batter.

Pro Tip:
Try mixing your Toscana Milk Paint™ with a blender or straining our lumps with a cheesecloth for an ultra smooth consistency.

Step 7

Using an Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, apply a full and consistent coat of Toscana Milk Paint™ over your dry surface.

Step 8

Allow Toscana Milk Paint™ to dry for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or until completely cured.

Step 9

Using a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush, lightly saturate the tips of brush with the Amy Howard at Home© Antiquing Glaze™.

Step 10

Apply the Antiquing glaze with feathery strokes to create authentic and natural looking water marks.

Step 11

Allow glaze to dry approximately 10 minutes.

Step 12

Using a natural sea wool sponge, apply an additional layer of Antiquing Glaze™ to Toscana Milk Paint™. You will begin to see the Toscana Milk Paint™ distress and wear away, exposing the multiply layers of paint, gesso, and stain.

Step 13

Continue to apply antiquing glaze to your surface until desired distressed look is achieved

Pro Tip:
For more control of the antiquing process, you may use a lint free t-shirt rag and your finger to wear away the paint in specific areas.

Step 14

Allow antiquing glaze to dry completely before moving onto the waxing process.

Step 15

Grab a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and the Light Antique Wax™ to give get just enough wax to cover the tips of the bristles.

Step 16

Use the cardboard palette to offload some wax from the brush.

Step 17

Apply the Light Antique Wax™ over the entire piece moving the brush in a “cross hatch” pattern – not long, symmetrical strokes. Allow wax to come to tack for about 20 minutes.

Step 18

Using the same load and offload technique as before, grab a clean china bristle brush and sporadically apply a light layer of the Amy Howard at Home© Dark Antique Wax™.

Step 19

Return to outer edges where the piece would naturally become worn and “feather” the Dark Antique Wax™.

Step 20

Allow wax to come to “tack” for about 20 minutes.

Step 21

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

Step 22

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush and dip into the Amy Howard at Home© Dust of Ages™. Aim to cover your entire piece, especially in the crevices and ridges.

Pro Tip:
Don’t be shy with this step. You can reuse the excess dust by saving the runoff. This step gives your piece age and character.

Step 23

Use a clean Amy Howard at Home© china bristle brush to push the dust into the corners, ridges and crevices. Follow by lightly brushing the excess Dust of Ages™ onto the palette and into the container to be reused.

Step 24

Using a clean T-shirt rag, buff your piece with a hit-drag motion just like you would a shoe. This buffing process brings out a beautiful patina shine as well as that authentic aged look.

Step 25

Now you get to “Enjoy the Bragging Rights!”