Easy, DIY Vintage, Chippy Paint Technique

Easy, DIY Vintage, Chippy Paint Technique

Do you look at a shabby, antique box and think "old love letters and mysterious secrets?" Oh, I do! And if I can get my hands on it - I transform it with this chippy paint technique, adding in a little touch of beauty here and there.

And now I’m ready to divulge the texture technique I use to get that chippy paint look. Along with all the other products I used when I recently upcycled an old box into a thing of mysterious beauty! (Cue the mystery music)

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I was careful about the colors I used to enhance the vintage look chippy paint brings to a piece. But it was an easy project with very few steps - the most complex part was waiting for the layers of paint to thoroughly dry. Watch how I did it in this video, or scroll down and jump right into the supply list and instructions.




HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO GET THE CHIPPY PAINT LOOK AND SPRINKLE A LITTLE IOD BEAUTY ON AN OLD, ANTIQUE BOX.

Saltwash

Hazelnut Rethunk Junk Paint 

Peacock Feather Rethunk Junk Paint

Farmhouse Navy Rethunk Junk Paint

IOD Decor Transfer Floral Anthology 

Wooster Brush

Miracle Brush

Flat Top Sealer by Rethunk Junk Paint

Water Spritz Bottle

Sandpaper


HOW TO GET THAT CHIPPY PAINT LOOK USING TEXTURED PAINT TECHNIQUE.

Clean the surface of your piece, but no need to sand or strip - just get ready to dive right into some paint mixing. I chose Rethunk Junk Paint in Hazelnut as my base color. 

Pouring some of the Hazelnut paint into a mixing container, I begin scooping in Saltwash powder and use a paint stirring stick to blend. Repeat this step several times, thoroughly mixing in each scoop of powder. As the hazelnut paint thickens, keep adding a bit more Saltwash because you want a very thick texture to the paint. (min 1:02)


APPLY THE BASE COAT TO THE BOX

You’ll see in the video that I am not using long, smooth strokes as I apply the paint to the box. To begin creating the layers that bring the vintage, chippy paint look - I’m using short, choppy strokes in different directions.

I add extra paint at the front edge of the lid to the box. This creates the look of many hands and fingers opening the box and wearing down the finish over years and years. So the paint, thickened with Saltwash, is helping to create a natural aged look.

I finish my last layer of base coat by using the tip of the brush to make a textured pattern on the lid of the box, paying special attention to that front edge. Watch at 2:18 to see what I mean, as I almost dab the Wooster paint brush across the top.


base coat of textured paint

Set the box aside to dry thoroughly. I had fans blowing on it to accelerate the drying process. But the dry time with Rethunk Junk Paint is amazing and you may not need to let it dry overnight, but at least for a few hours.


BLENDING PAINT COLORS

The next layer of paint is a custom color I blend by adding a very small amount of Rethunk Junk Paint Farmhouse Navy to a base of Peacock Feather. I also spritz in 2-3 pumps of water from a spritz bottle to help mix it all together.

Now I use the miracle brush to add the brighter color across the box. It creates a beautiful verdigris looking finish. While I cover the box, you can see that I don’t attempt to blot out the hazelnut base coat with this top layer. I want to let any of that textured chippiness peak through. (2:41)

Set aside to dry, once the entire box is painted. 


NEXT STEPS 

Once the paint on the box dried, I lightly sanded the lid to reveal more of the Hazelnut base coat. This is the final step to using this technique to create a chippy paint look. Then I applied the Flat Top sealer and let it dry.

So far, as you can see, very few steps and a whole lot of waiting for paint to dry! But now I’m ready to add a little beauty to my box. I pulled out the new IOD Decor Transfer, Floral Anthology. I’m a lover of roses - and this new transfer blew my mind.

Some of the roses in this transfer are as big as my hand! I chose a main piece that would almost cover the entire lid of the box and cut it out. Next, I positioned it where I wanted the design and, using the plastic tool that comes with the transfer, began rubbing it onto the lid.

As soon as the transfer is off the backing paper, I use it to burnish the image to make sure it’s completely flat and no air bubbles. Then I added a few smaller pieces to get the design exactly where I wanted. One more layer of Flat Top Sealer - and Voila’!

This beautiful box is perfect for just about any secret love letter you want to hide inside or just to bring that perfect touch of vintage chippy goodness to your home decor. 

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