This French country Pepper Grinder is a wonderful and fun craft project you can use to remake an existing wood pepper mill to help it match your new French country kitchen. This French country pepper mill also makes a wonderful hostess gift for anyone who loves to cook.
Creating a French Country antique paint finish on a Pepper Grinder is an easy project that can be accomplished in one weekend. To start this French Country Pepper Grinder project you will need a few different materials from your local home improvement store, a wood pepper mill, as well as some time.
Those plain wood Pepper Grinders are perfect for French Country antiquing. If you have old or outdated wood Pepper Grinder and just want to change the color or look this French Country antique paint process is also good.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to start French Country painting your old Pepper Grinder:
· Bright or Royal Blue Paint & Sunny Yellow Paint or Terra Cotta and Blue Paint
· Roller paint brushes
· A variety of 2″, 3″, or 4″ paint brushes
· Wood stain
· Drop clothes
· Wood Pepper Grinder
Pour out any pepper from the pepper grinder before you start painting. You can pour it back in once you have finished.
Now, start sanding the surface of your plain Pepper Grinder. Once you have the surface lightly sanded, you should wipe off the dust with a clean dry clothe. An old white t-shirt will work perfectly here.
Now, you are ready to put a coat of primer. If you are using a wood Pepper Grinder this is a very important step. Your resurfacing and French Country antique paint technique will not stick to your surface if you don’t sand and then prime your Pepper Grinder.
If you want a rough more rustic French Country kitchen accessory look try putting the primer on with one of the 4″ brushes. This will give texture and create the look of real wood. If you prefer the smoother look you can roll the paint on with any type of paint roller. A foam roller will create the smoothest surface.
Allow your Pepper Grinder primer to dry completely.
Put on a coat of your base paint, which can be one of two colors. You can use yellow as your base and blue as your topcoat or blue as your base and terra cotta as your topcoat. This first paint should not be the actual color you want your French Country Pepper Grinder to end up, but the color you want to show through when you antique the Pepper Grinder.
Now you are ready to paint your French Country Kitchen accessory with the real color you wish them to be, so blue or terra cotta, whichever applies to you.
Don’t be scared to choose a bright color because the antiquing process will tone down the appearance of the French Country Pepper Grinder considerably.
Once your French Country Pepper Grinder color has dried you are ready to start antiquing it. Start by using the sand paper to rough up edges and other areas that would typically be used over time.
This will allow your sunny yellow to show through the bright blue or your blue to show through the terra cotta color.
Once you have finished sanding the French Country Pepper Grinder wipe the surface down with a clean dry cloth. That old white t-shirt will work well here again. You can stop at this point, but if you want to go the extra mile you can use a mixture of ½ wood stain and ½ glaze to darken your piece.
Start by mixing your wood stain and glaze in a plastic container. Use a white rag or another old t-shirt to rub the stain onto the French Country Kitchen Pepper Grinder.
You can do this process until you achieve the antique look you want for your French Country Kitchen accessories.