February 20, 2014Restoration of a Kitschy Vintage Asian Chalkware Wall Plaque!
By Sara In AZ
I am sure by now you all know that I just can’t pass up a piece of kitsch at the thrift store – ESP. if it is cheap! I found this vintage Asian chalkware wall plaque for just $1 and I totally had to bring her home.
If this had needed A LOT of restoration…say a bunch or facial painting of some specific paint color matching I would have probably left it behind as I am not very adept when it comes to painting faces or matching VERY specific paint colors. But, since she just needed a bit of filler and some overall paint I thought I was up to the task!
You can see the chips and dings.
The original paint was in sad shape, showing weird discolored areas here and there.
The poor little plaque was just not in the best of shape.
Lucky for me I am great with a spray paint can! ha!
So I took the plaque outside and sprayed it a brass color that I just happened to have around the house.
Then I took the plaque inside and painted all the black parts back in.
Then I decided I completely HATED the brass color that I had just painted the plaque….it was just WAY over the top…like I was trying to ‘out Trump’ the Donald in his love for all things shiny and gold or something…..eeps! So I went out and bought a more muted gold color and re-sprayed the whole darn thing!
Here is the plaque with only the bottom half sprayed.
And here we are with the second coat applied.
Of course I had to paint all the black sections back in all over again.
And here she is FINALLY finished!
I know it is hard to tell from the pictures, but this second gold color is MUCH better…even my husband commented that he liked it better!
After I was done with the black paint I took the entire plaque out and sprayed it with a ‘matte’ finish spray – to me it just did not look right with a super shiny finish.
Whew, glad that’s done!