MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check Tutorial
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I am totally not, so I hope that makes you feel better with wherever you are at in your Thanksgiving decorating. I did manage to make some progress creating my centerpiece with a thrifted lazy susan.
Although I LOVE me some MacKenzie Childs decor I am not loving what it does to my wallet. I decided to show off my courtly check hack so you can create this look in your home too!
The supplies you will need to create this project:
A plain ole ruler.
Lazy Susan – Mine was thrifted but you can find one for $10 on Amazon here.
Heirloom Traditions Paint Water Based Top Coat in Gloss
Step 1: Paint two coats of French Vanilla all over your Lazy Susan. Remember: there is no sanding or priming with Heirloom Traditions Paint so dive right into the fun part! I used a cheapie chip brush because it creates lots of yummy brush strokes with it’s course and wiry bristles. A chip brush is not a great choice for furniture unless you are looking for a hand painted, rustic look.
Next, create your checks with your ruler and outlining it with a pencil.
PS: When did I acquire chubby old lady hands?
Once you have outlined your courtly checks go over the pencil lines with your Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen. This creates crisp, sharp lines for your checks. I am not a great freehanded artist so I welcome any cheat I can think of to make my life easier.
Fill your checks in with Black Bean. Using a brush the width of your checks makes the job much easier!
You will want to paint two coats on your black checkers. For the second coat I poured a little bit of Black Bean and the Classic Gold Liquid Leaf onto a paper plate. When I dip my brush into the paint I dip one corner of the brush into the gold leaf. This gives a blended gold and black finish on each individual square. Just like Miss MacKenzie handprinted it herself!
See what I mean? YUM.
Now it’s time for the Dark Umber Gel Wax. If you haven’t used Heirloom Traditions paint’s new Gel Wax formula – you are missing out friend. It’s like buttah! It goes on so smoothly and wipes away with ease. Unlike other furniture waxes you don’t have to blend Clear Wax with a darker wax. Just pick which wax you like, brush on, and wipe. DONE.
Lastly, brush on Heirloom Traditions Water Based Top Coat in Gloss. This is one of the most important steps. MacKenzie Childs pieces are ceramic and a super glossy topcoat will mimic the look of ceramic instead of wood.
If you want to see these steps in action check out my Facebook Live as I walk you through this project.
The glossier your topcoat the longer it takes to dry. Give your centerpiece a few days to cure before you place it on your table. If not, anything you place on top of it wills stick to it.
Trust me on this.
I’m pairing my MacKenzie Childs with gold gourds, succulents, and cotton centerpieces.
My hubby calls this technique MacFrenzie Childs. Probably because the cost is a lot more MacFriendly on the wallet.
This centerpiece is going to sail right on in to Christmas, maybe paired with my holiday succulent centerpiece.