Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Wonders of Paint and Stencil

Yesterday, I spent a fun day with Kim Metheny and Sue Weir of Metheny Weir Painted Finishes. They were the first stockists in Cleveland of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the resulting business had them expanding to a bigger space in the Shaker Heights section of Cleveland. Their business specializes in beautiful custom painted finishes for furniture, cabinet's and walls. They have several workshops that teach several paint techniques.
  I signed up for their stencil class because I really wanted to learn more of what I could do with my new found love of furniture painting.  There were four other ladies in the class with me and it made for a fun and lighthearted atmosphere. 
Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and several products from Royal Design Studio we created four beautiful finishes and even tried our hand at painting and stenciling fabric! 
For Kim and Sue it was the first time offering their new stencil class and Kim was quick to tell us we were their "guinea pig" class as they hadn't quite worked out how long creating a total of five different finishes would take. What was supposed to be a three hour class, stretched into four hours before we were ready to call it a day. Lucky for us!  We got more bang for our buck and walked away with new found knowledge, beautiful sample boards and an ache in our sides from all the laughing!
 After donning our aprons, we got right to work painting! Sue explained we would be creating four different looks: Modern, Contemporary, Traditional and Old World. 
For the Modern finish, we painted a coat of Old White to half of our sample board. Next, we used the Small Step Up Triangles stencil and painted Paris Grey through the stencil. A coat of clear wax and we were done. A really simple and fast technique that looks anything but!
 We then moved on to the Contemporary look and  painted Old Ochre on the other
 half of our board. Once dry, we applied  Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme through the Floral Lattice Stencil  which created a soft and shimmery look. 
The next two were my favorites; The Old World Finish and Traditional Finish.
 For the Old World Finish one half  of our board was painted using Modern Master's Metallic Paint in Brass.
Over the Brass we used The Ornamental Flower Wall Stencil, applying  both Louie Blue and Aubusson Blue chalk paint in a random manner on the board. Once dry, we applied Craqueleur step 1 and 2 allowing sufficient drying time between coats. Once the Craqueleur had fully dried and cracks had formed, we went over it with dark wax to highlight all the fine crackle areas producing a beautiful old world look. 
The Traditional finish was an easy and unexpected look using Wunda Size to create a tacky surface applied over Graphite Chalk Paint.  Once it had become tacky to the touch, about 20 minutes, we lay a piece of  Silver Metallic Foil over the surface and used a scrub brush to rub the foil all over to release the metallic onto the tacky surface. Once the plastic film was peeled away, a great black and metallic silver finish was left on the board. Over that we stenciled with Cocoa and finished with a coat of clear and dark wax.
For the final project, we painted a 50/50 mixture of Duck Egg Blue and water onto a 16" square piece of white fabric with a foam roller. After sufficient drying time, we used masking tape to mark off three narrow lines and painted them in Graphite. We then used the Sweet Tweets Lace Bird Set and stenciled the birds using Aubusson Blue Chalk Paint and highlighting the lace portion in Old White. Once dry, it received a coat of clear wax. When finished, the cute little birds looked to be sitting on a telephone line.   This fun project could easily be made into a pillow or framed and used as a wall hanging. 
You can now see why an extra hour was needed...or maybe it was all the talking we did! 
 I thoroughly enjoyed my day with all these great ladies learning and laughing! 
I can't wait to try some of these techniques on a rescued piece of furniture or anything really! Imagine the Ornamental Flower stencil in a powder room. It sure beats removing wallpaper when you want to change the look! 
In addition to the workshop where the classes are held, Metheny Weir also has a cute shop showcasing many unique and vintage items. I could've stayed an additional 5 hours just browsing! 
If you're ever in the Cleveland area, a visit to Metheny Weir is a must!
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  1. Thank you for sharing! Stencils are something I really haven't used, and I still think of the lousy little dinosaur and such ones we had in grade school - you've made it look so easy, elegant, and professional. I love the last two - the doily birds are beautiful!

    1. If you've mastered the dinosaur stencil, then you can move on to the more sophisticated stencils above! It REALLY is that easy! Thanks for visiting!

  2. All of these samples are beautiful. It would be hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing. And I'm a new follower.

  3. Stunning, these are all fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty


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