Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Antique Stove Tutorial and Results




Is it just me or does it seem a little bigger than 1/12?
I bought this cool stove a while back...I was in love the moment I saw it! I have always loved old ranges/stoves, theyre just SO much more 'innovative' than the ones today in certain ways. Ive seen antique stoves with cutting boards, warming compartments, beautiful tile work and all kinds of other neatness that our stoves today just dont have. They cooked things better, gave foods more taste and aroma. Plus, they were just beautiful!! lol
I did nothing with it for a few months, like I do with most projects I start. It sat in my dollhouse gathering dust and haunting me with its size. Seeing it in person and in my dollhouse, it looked HUGE. More like 1/10th scale or so. It made me sad. I thought, "well what am I going to do with it now if it wont look right in my dollhouse?" So it sat a while longer....
Then one day I ran across this awesome tutorial by Maragverdugo on her blog, Little Things for a stove exactly like mine. I mean, EXACTLY as in we bought the same stove lol.
I was excited to try it out so after a little apprehension, I did. I spray primered it twice and then added a coat of gloss white to it. It sat for about three days during the sprayings. I wanted to make sure it was all the way dry. One coat a day basically was how I sprayed it.
Then I got to the part where we age it....Oh my gosh I cant believe how nervous it made me! LOL! I knew that if I aged it too much, I could just spot cover it up or something, but in my mind I thought "if you mess it up in one spot, you have to start all over" I didnt of course but I was worried I would have to. It took me three more days to finally age it! I followed her tutorial but I painted my stove a little differently. I aged mine a little more and used different eye shadow colors. I couldnt believe how much it looked like metal when I was done!! The little black marks where the paint was made to look like it had chipped off, were so convincing I almost wanted to pick at the paint edges LOL!!
Its the best tutorial for aging things Ive ever seen. I intend to age my furniture and metal ware like this from now on, but I also intend to change it up a little and add patina and other signs of aging. Im planning a research day to look at how paint ages and other things I need to add realism to my minis. Along with Google and website searching, Im planning to go to antique stores and the local library. Its always good to get the item youre trying to make in front of you. When you can touch it, smell it, taste it (not furniture lol) and see it in person, it helps a lot in the creation process.
Heres the finished product :-) Im really pleased with how it looks






14 comments:

  1. You have done a great work. It looks very realistic . Thank for your words and for writing the link to my blog, that makes me happy.
    Hugs and congratulation

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    1. Youre very welcome!! It was a marvelous tutorial, Im glad I found it and that you made it up for all of us to use :-) Hugs to you too!!

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  2. I loved your blog. It's gorgeous!
    What a great job you made on the stove! Mara is a great teacher. ;D

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! She is isnt she?! I found a rusty white metal gardening tool the other day and it is the EXACT same colors she uses for the rust! I was tickled lol :)

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  3. hi! you're my partner in cokerina' swap!

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    1. Hi there! Its nice to meet you!! Now, Im still a lil confused :-/ Am I sending you something and youre doing the same? Or am I sending something to someone else and youre sending something to me? Or the other way around? LOL I got an email with two partners listed in it....Im confused! :D Still nice to meet you though!

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    2. please, write me your address to my email:
      ilpuntohandmade@gmail.com
      your mini is for Rebecca, this is her blog: http://mamasminis.wordpress.com/
      Please follow my blog: http://puntomini.blogspot.it/
      bye

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    3. I just did :)
      I am really excited to participate in this swap!

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  4. Leiaaaaa
    your address is incompleted!!!
    what's your surname???????
    : )

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    1. Ahhh Im sorry! LOL! Its Leia Vining

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  5. This is a great tutorial, just Pinned it and the one for the waffle stamp.
    Norma

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    1. Wonderful! thank you very much Norma! If you use them, please show me what you made?!

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  6. Hello Leia! I love what you did with the stove! I am a big fan of aging things and giving them a patina of being well loved and well used so this before and after of yours is right up my alley! :D Your stove Does indeed look just like metal. I Love all of Mara's tutorials and how wonderful that you had the same stove which has inspired you to give the aging process a try. I think that many resist only because they don't know just how it is supposed to look when done. Sometimes though you just have to take a chance and try, like you did! Well Done!

    elizabeth

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  7. Hi again :) lol
    That is just so sweet of you to say, I am honored that you like it so much. I was indeed afraid, but yes I agree! You just have to go for it!! :-D I also aged a dresser and hand painted some roses on it....I havent updated this blog in a while :( I should probably put a post up lol. Thank you SO much for the comments :) big hugs!!

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