I came across this poor little finial in a thrift store. It stands about 8" tall. I thought I could repair and paint it in shabby chic colors. A couple of the leaves where chipped and the there was a chip at the bottom.
Here it is getting it's coat of gray paint. I repaired the chips first by mixing just a little Plaster of Paris and sculpting the leaf and filling the chips.
|Plaster of Paris mixed with a little water for repairs|
Here is the the leaf repaired and painted. You can't tell that it was ever broken.
Before the gray chalk paint was dry I lightly brush white onto the high areas and slightly blended.
When those colors where dry I highlighted the raised areas with an aqua colored chalk paint in just a few places.
Now it looks like it is concrete with worn off paint.