Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jeff Talks About Junk or Junque

Well kids, it's time for another chat with Jeff about Junk, 
or if you prefer Junque!  

This time let's discuss Mother Nature.  
As you know, the Chicks are quite adept at reclaiming, painting, glazing and distressing pieces into amazing reclaimed
home decor and furniture.
But, sometimes the best finish is a non-finish. Au naturel.  
Mother Nature is an excellent artist, creating her own wonderful finishes and patinas.  

Don't be afraid of Rust: 

take a look at the detail on the metal, on the roof of this bird house. It's an old piece of metal from a card table. It has a great rusty patina, AND some of the old design left from the table.

Don't be afraid of Chippy Paint: 

the bead board from this bird house is old vintage paint simply cleaned up after it was "found" in the scrap pile at my 100 year old house.

Other unique finishes can be found on things that are only partly rusted, or where the paint maybe just be faded.

I do however, "set" the natural finish with at least one coat of clear polyurethane. You can use a spray can type, for metals especially.    For reclaimed woods, I like to use a good ole brush and mini roller, and polyurethane with a "building" tendency, to cause the finish to have a thicker coating.  Use one formulated for outdoor use, if it will be an outdoor piece.  

The polyurethane "clear coat" is available in gloss, semi-gloss or satin finishes and makes the natural patinas "jump out". You'll be amazed!

Or simply leave it rusty with no clear coat, it's all up to You!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Mother Nature does a spectacular job of creating colors and character in 
reclaimed pieces!  

Be creative, and enjoy the ride!  


the Rusty Ranch

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