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Rustic Glam: Wise Owl Paint with Gold

Using Wise Owl Paint for the first time!

Introducing the canvas I would use Wise Owl Paint on.  I already knew I wanted to go for a slightly rustic glam sort of look.  I wanted them to be versatile and able to be used in many styles of spaces but also have a fun and unique design.

How to Refinish Furniture in Wise Owl Paint

Im thinking you should totally pin this for later,..

How to paint rustic glam look with Wise Owl Paint

Just a little bit back Wise Owl Paint was running a giveaway.  I was so excited to win! Wise Owl Paints color palette includes both vintage inspired pigments and trend setting hues. I quickly informed them I would love to try their new, limited edition color Abyss.  Abyss would TOTALLY pull off the Rustic Glam look I was going for!

Wise Owl Paint in Abyss

But what is Wise Owl Paint?

If you have never heard of Wise Owl Paints premium products, let me introduce you! Wise Owl Paint comes in the Chalk “Synthesis” style which is considered a no voc premium clay mineral paint as well as their One Hour Enamel. Both are proudly manufactured in the state of Michigan.

Wise Owl chalk synthesis paint is named such because they studied various styles of paint and created a synthesis of all the best characteristics each paint held including supreme adhesion. Its an easy to apply product, great for creating solid color finishes as well as all sorts of artistic paint techniques. Wise Owl paint will adhere to virtually any surface you can think of. For solid wood you wont need to sand down to the bare finish or prime for most projects. It wont require the prep work of traditional paints. A single pint can cover up to 75 square feet and what is best it is free of harsh chemicals and solvents.

And as you may know I love teals,..Wise Owl Paint in Abyss is luscious and deep,… I had recently scored some lovely end tables.  ACTUALLY though, these were the end pieces to an antique vanity.

Wise Owl Paint Furniture Canvas

The middle area and mirrors had been removed leaving just the end pieces.  These are going to be difficult to let go of,.. I have long looked for a set of deep and rather thin nightstands and these are perfect!  …So hopefully I will come across some again,..

What will I use on this Wise Owl Paint project?

Now, what will I need? Here is everything you will read me using with clickable links. Some may be affiliate in nature which means if you shop through them I may earn a commission.

Wise Owl Paint
Flexible sandpaper ranging from 80-220 grit
TSP Cleaner
Shellac Spray
My Favorite Paint Brush
Modern Masters Gold
Wise Owl Varnish
CeCe Caldwells Stain+Finish
Waverly Stencil
Furniture Salve
Wise Owl Paint in Abyss

How I prepped then painted using Wise Owl Paint

The first thing I would do is clean with TSP,  Then I sanded to break the finish with my flexible sandpaper, and followed up with higher grits to smooth it back out.  Next I wiped everything down with a vinegar water mixture and sprayed 2 coats of shellac. WE ARE READY!

I like to set them up and flip them upside down to really get to those legs…

Wise Owl Paint in Abyss

This is one coat,.. the “Rustic” has begun!  I followed this up by brushing in the modern masters gold to bring in the “Glam” and laid in the Wise Owl Abyss at the top of the stands and dragging it down,.. Then I sanded it all smooth…

Wise Owl Paint in Abyss on End Tables

Much of the gold faded back so I decided to paint more back in and feather it back,.. Gotta get more glam

Adding gold embellishments over Wise Owl Paint in Abyss

I loved how the wood tones and gold played together!

Gold Stenciling to pair with Wise Owl Paints Abyss

So I decided to stain the tops and add some gold stenciling using the Modern Masters Gold! 6 Coats of clear and a gentle sanding between each would follow.  On the sides of the drawers I painted Unicorn SPiT in Zia Teal, distressed that back and added more stenciling.  That was sealed with a lacquer spray.

Side Drawer Stencil on Wise Owl Painted End Table

So gentle and faint,.. just what I wanted!  The sides were sealed up with Wise Owl Varnish, 2 coats sanded lightly between then I used my lemon salve over everything.  I absolutely LOVE the feel and the water resistant qualities of adding the salve over the varnish protection.

Cleaning Hardware for this refinished piece of furniture

I should mention.  The first day I placed the hardware in a baggie with ketchup.   After a few hours I removed it and scrubbed it a tiny but with a scrubby.  And this is what I ended up with…

Wise Owl Paint in Abyss with Distress

I love when old hardware shines up so beautifully! This definitely helps add the Glam into this Rustic Glam Painted Look!

And we are done…

Now for the finale!

Wise Owl Paint in Abyss on End Tables
Wise Owl Paint in Abyss with Distress
Wise Owl Paint in Distress with gold touches

Admittedly, the pictures could have been better! I used a fancier camera I couldn’t seem to work well…

Wise OwL paint in Abyss with Distress and Gold Embellishments

BUT they are lovely! And all ready for the shop!  I have truly enjoyed working with Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis paint!!

Now dont forget to go check out all my craft friends!

Refinished Furniture projects
Refinished Furniture Projects

1. Reviving a Craftsman Pedestal Table by 58 Water Street
2. How To Love Your Furniture When You Hate The Color by Just The Woods
3. Trying Out Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint by That Sweet Tea Life
4. Go With Red by Whimsy and Wood
5. How To Transform Second Hand Furniture Easily by Thirty Eighth Street

Oh my Goodness!! My crafty girls NEVER disappoint! LOVE these gorgeous transformations! Which one is your favorite??

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Cheryl Atkinson

Friday 13th of December 2019

Thea, these are gorgeous! When you say a clay based paint i think of DIY from Debi's Design Diary. I know you usually use Dixie Belle so how do the 2 compare? I keep seeing these beautiful pieces painted with Wise Owl and I am tempted to try. I use Dixie and DIY. Well again, these are gorgeous!

Thea Osborne

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Hey Cheryl! I feel like a good way to explain is that Wise Owl is a mixture between Dixie and DIY. It has the clay paint feel, but it isnt super heavy! application and use is much more similar to Dixie Belle, but you keep a lot of the neat qualities that you find in DIY. I hope that helps!


Friday 30th of March 2018

Love how they were transformed! Stunning! And the color gosh, it's lovely.

Gail Jennings

Monday 5th of February 2018

I love your technique with the night tables. You are very talented and creative! Thank you for the tips!

Brenda Young

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Wow Thea, Love this new color from Wise Owl and your overall design on this pair just yummy. I love your creativity girl, they came out fabulous and stand out from the crowd. Once again your the feature spot this week at Friday's Furniture Fix!

Clockwork Interiors

Friday 12th of May 2017

It's all in the details, and you do them so well, Thea!! Very thoughtful makeover. Keep them ... or at least use them for a bit and then take them to the shop! ;) Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

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