How to layer colors with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Ultra-Matte Paint

How to layer colors with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Ultra-Matte Paint


Now here’s one of my favorite techniques. I’m going to show you how to layer colors. With this particular process, we’re going to be layering three different colors. So I’m going to start with Timeless. And I’m going to cover the entire surface. Again, it’s raw wood, we don’t need to prep or prime it at all. I’m going to cover the entire surface. So that coat has dried completely. And the next step is, I’m going to take a little bit of petroleum jelly and I’m going to apply it with my fingertips. The really great thing about petroleum jelly is that it gives you a great amount of control. All of the areas where I’m applying this, that’s where the distressing and this color is going to be showing through. I already applied the petroleum jelly to the areas where I want the color to show through. And there’s no need to wait, I’m going to go ahead and apply the next color. Here I’m picking up Romance, which is this beautiful red color. And I’m going to brush right over it. I’m brushing over the entire surface. You don’t want to push down too hard, so the petroleum jelly stays where you placed it. Okay, so I’ve covered the entire surface and now I’m just going to wait for it to dry. Also, if you’re covering a larger surface, make sure to clean your brush from time to time. You don’t want the petroleum jelly to stay on your brush and then you’ll be distressing areas that you didn’t intend to. So I already let the Romance color dry completely and as you can see, I already began sanding. It lifts up real easily in the areas where I placed the Vaseline. So as you can see, it lifted real easily on all the areas where I had placed that petroleum jelly. Before I add my third color, I’m going to go ahead and place petroleum jelly in the areas where I want that red to show through. And you don’t need too much, just a little bit is fine. And again, there’s no waiting time. You can go ahead and brush on the new color. So I’m going to take Treasure and brush over the entire surface. Now that that’s complete, I’m going to wait for that to dry. So I’ve let it dry completely, and this is ready for the next step. I’m going to take a little bit of sandpaper. This is like a medium grit. And I’m going to lightly start sanding. As you can see, where the petroleum jelly was, it lifts up quite easily. And you can see all three colors there. That’s a really pretty effect. Now you’re not quite done. After this point you can either put some of our cream wax over it, or you can seal with our varnish.

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