"Walden" desk project

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Project by PersimmonHill posted 04-19-2015 04:43 PM 1326 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading the Henry David Thoreau classic “Walden-life in the woods” i looked up his cabin at Walden pond in Mass. and saw his desk and decided to make something similar. I didn’t take pictures of the construction because it was very basic (boring). This was my first project where i tried the aged/vintage or crackle paint. I used regular house latex (Behr ultra and Glidden) the brown was a base coat, after it dried overnight I “painted” Elmer’s wood glue over the base, while the glue was still tacky i painted the green top coat. The green started to crackle within a minute or two. After the green top coat dried overnight I used Createx transparent brown airbrush acrylic which I watered down and applied to antique the entire piece, and then used black airbrush acrylic on a toothbrush and a pop-sicle stick to spatter small black specks onto it. then i used the transparent brown at full strength to add the dark “handled” areas (I used nitrile gloves and poured paint onto my hands and touched the areas). After all the antiqued paint had dried I sprayed the whole thing with Valspar satin clear acrylic.

-- "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it" Henry David Thoreau

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#1 posted 04-19-2015 04:44 PM

Sorry all the pics posted sideways, they were correct on my laptop????

-- "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it" Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 04-19-2015 04:50 PM

Sideways pictures or not, this looks great. I love rustic furniture.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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