Translucent paint is most commonly used to accentuate and bring out the grain in the wood; to achieve a weathered appearance; to create depth of colour or to give an antique look to an otherwise bland piece of furniture. To do this you can use Autentico Vintage chalk paint diluted with water, Autentico Glaze or one of the Autentico chalk tinted waxes. Apply to untreated wood or to an already painted piece (works even if it already has been waxed) depending on what look you are after.
A paint wash consisting of water and Autentico Vintage chalk paint on untreated wood works in a similar way to when you stain wood. Remember however that the wood quickly absorbs the paint wash making it very difficult to exactly control the impact on how much colour gets absorbed and where it lodges. In most cases it is very difficult to reverse a wash and start over as it absorbs and dries quickly.You can also do a paint wash on an already painted surface to create different colour effects. Keep in mind that Autentico Vintage chalk paint also provides a porous and absorbent surface (a waxed surface is not as absorbent). If you have never done a paint wash before, the easiest way is to start with a smooth surface without too many embellishments and details.
- Write down how many parts of water and how many parts of colour you want to use for your mix, just in case you need to mix more.
- Always start from the top of the furniture and continue down the sides (to avoid drips and spills on already painted surfaces).
- Brush on the paint wash with long straight strokes along the entire length of the surface – be careful not to drip and keep a cloth ready.
- Try not to cover an area that is too large at a time, especially when working on untreated wood or other absorbent surfaces. Use a cloth to wipe off excess paint before you move on to the next area. Be careful not to leave any marks when you put the cloth down, start from one end and finish at the other. Do not stop halfway and do not change direction.
- If the cloth gets too wet, use a new one.
- If you get any marks you do not want to keep, let the paint dry and then sand the area gently.
Glazing is a highly controllable way of creating translucent effects. Autentico Glaze has a thicker texture than a paint wash and allows for more manipulation of the paint. It also offers an excellent glide and extends the drying time. This gives you better control over where the colour goes and how much stays on.
Even though glaze can be applied to raw wood to bring out the grain, it is most often applied on top
of an already sealed or painted surface. This prevents the wood from absorbing the paint and if glazing starts to go wrong, you can simply wipe most of it off and start again. Even the most novice painters can successfully master this technique. Keep in mind that Autentico Vintage chalk paint is absorbent and some of the colour will stick, although not as much as when you use a paint wash.
In general, a thicker layer (or even one built of multiple coats) will let the glaze move around more easily, giving you more control over exactly where the colour stays. A thinner finish will allow some glaze to gather in the pores, bringing out more of the wood character.
To use Autentico Glaze, mix 90% Glaze to 10% Autentico Vintage chalk paint. This will allow for maximum manipulation and you should be able to work with the paint for up to an hour (temperature and humidity dependent).
Glazing a piece of furniture
Applying a glaze to an old piece of furniture doesn’t take long and will enhance any woodwork details, giving it a new lease of life:
- Apply Autentico Glaze liberally with a 50 mm paint brush, paying special attention to cracks, crevices or other woodwork details.
- Work on one section at a time, start at the top of the piece and work downwards, catching any drips but without being particularly careful with your painting technique.
- Wipe the excess glaze off with a soft cloth. If the cloth gets too soaked, use a new one or rinse and wring the rag frequently to remove the glaze and avoid a mess.
- Use a dry, soft bristled brush to move the glaze around and to pick up excess glaze from puddles in corners, but leave enough in the crevices where you want it. If the bristles get too wet, wipe them off with a paper towel.