Winter is carrying on full force, and we have another foot of snow in our backyard. But I am totally ok with it, because the darling Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, implied it won’t be long before Spring arrives. This is one of the many reasons I love America: it is full of opportunity! Seriously, where else on earth could a groundhog, even for a day, get the opportunity to become a weatherman? I think that is awesome!
Speaking of awesome, here is what I found at Put & Take last weekend: an outdoor column pedestal!
While the pedestal wasn’t perfect, it was still a great find, because it reminded me of my home town, Izmir, Turkey. We have many ancient ruins in the Izmir Province, but the best of all (and my favorite) are the Ephesus Ruins. I placed a Wikipedia link on the picture below if you want to learn more about the Ephesus Ruins.
Back to the project… As I was feeling nostalgic for my home country, I wanted to make this column look like one you might find in Ephesus. With that plan, I started prepping to paint. The column had some tiny holes all over it, so I filled them with DecoArt Dimensional Effects. It is a paintable paste used for creating texture in paintings, but it is also great as a filler for scratches and holes in small items like frames or this column. Once the holes were filled, I started painting the column with my homemade chalk paint in Annie Sloan Old White color. I gave it three thin coats of paint.
Once the paint dried, it was time to apply DecoArt Americana Decor Creme Wax in Deep Brown color to achieve that aged white marble look. I started working in sections by brushing the antiquing wax on and wiping it off before it fully dried. There were sections where I waited too long to wipe off the wax, but no need to panic when that happens! The beauty of the DecoArt Americana Decor Creme Wax is that you can still wipe it off by applying clear wax over it.
After applying the antiquing wax, I achieved the look I was after. It looked like an ancient column from Ephesus, but I felt there was something missing. It needed a little bling, so I decided to stencil the corners of the pedestal.
Once I chose complimentary patterns for the top and bottom corners, I cut the stencils with my Silhouette Cameo…
and placed them on the pedestal’s corners.
Using Rub ‘n Buff Antique Gold Metallic Wax, I stenciled each corner. Instead of rubbing the metallic wax on the stencil, I blotted it with my finger to achieve a distressed-looking result without having to distress it.
Here is my column pedestal…
and some close-up pictures.
I am really so happy with the result.