The cracks and scrolls are calling out to be distressed!
First, I gave it a coat of AS Paris Grey.
One of the techniques we used in the workshop was wet distressing. Once the paint is just dry, take a damp cloth and wipe off the paint. This removed the Paris Grey, but didn't scratch the gold underneath.
Then I took some Pure White and brushed that on. I didn't completely cover every surface. That's one of the things I love about AS paint....you don't have to be perfect.
Then, some more wet distressing and distressing with fine sandpaper.
It has the most perfect antique French look! To finish it off, I'll be adding some twine to the middle section. It will be a cute way to display jewelry or photos.
It has great depth and looks like there are so many layers...yet it was really a simple process!