Back in Febuary I did a post on my blog where I showed you some ceramic pieces I had spray painted. Chelsea left me a comment asking me what products I used. I told her I would post a tutorial "next week". Oops, two months have gone by! How did that happen? Hopefully she believes better late than never!
For this tutorial I started with these ceramic candlesticks I picked up from the Goodwill. I really liked the size and the raised detail on them, but the dark blue color would not work in my house.
First I primed them using this. I like to use gray primer because if I'm painting the object white, I can be sure I haven't missed any spots. Krylon is great because the can says "drys in 10 minutes or less" and It's true!
Here are the candlesticks all primed. ugly
For this project I used Krylon White Flat spray paint. Spray lightly and do many light coats, letting each coat dry completly. This way you will get a nice, even, finish; without ugly drip marks.
Here is how the candlesticks look pure white.
I found that using the flat spray paint on ceramics can leave these crackle marks. They don't bother me, but if you want a smooth finish I have an alternative.
Remember when I spray painted these four ceramic objects?
I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White in a Satin finish. It has been my experience that the satin finish doesn't crackle.
After spray painting I used Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze.
You can choose a color to have mixed into the glaze and mine is Smoke. I, like so many people, learned all about painting things white and glazing them from the wonderful sisters at Shanty2Chic.
The candlestick on the left has the glaze on it and the one on the right doesn't. When you glaze an object you just brush some glaze on, then wipe the excess off with a rag. Avoid overlapping of glazed areas.
I like things to look even more rustic than the glaze provides so I dry brush on some craft paint after the glaze has dried. In the past I've used brown, tan, charcoal and black paint. It all depends what look you're going for.
To dry brush: Squirt some paint onto a paper plate and place some paint on one side of the brush, then wipe most of the paint off. Lightly brush the raised areas of the object you are painting with the paint side of the brush. Then use the dry side of the brush to soften it. If your brush starts getting too "gooped up" with paint, squeeze the excess paint off into some paper towels.
The candlestick on the left has the glaze and craft paint on it and the one on the right only has the glaze.
Finally if you want to, you can spray the whole thing with some poly, but make sure you buy poly with a matte finish. You don't want your object to be too shiny and glossy. I recently tried this Krylon Clear spray paint and it worked really well and was waaay cheaper than spray poly usually is. I found it at Walmart.
Here are the completed candlesticks!
Here's the "before" again.
And the "after". Happy painting!