applying lacquer couture alicia slayton

I have had a lot of request for this video so please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section.

Here are the instructions from the website.

How to Apply Lacquer Couture!


Be sure the material to be lacquered has dried for at least 24 hours before applying Lacquer Couture!

1 Quart of Lacquer Couture! should cover approximately 150-175 square feet with one coat.

For increased smoothness or sheen, use 240 grit sandpaper on your work prior to starting the following procedure.  For increased smoothness, you can also sand between coats of Lacquer Couture! (use 240 grit sandpaper).

Wipe off sandpaper dust with a damp cloth or tack cloth.

Let the surface area dry.

Prior to use, stir the can (Do not Shake) of Lacquer Couture! to ensure you have a consistent product mix.

Applying Lacquer Couture!:

Note: Lacquer Couture! will look milky as you use it, but within minutes it will be clear as it dries.  You will notice how fast Lacquer Couture! lays flat, you do not have to overwork the surface area.

Apply the 1st coat of Lacquer Couture! with a quality brush, roller or sprayer.  If you spray you should be able to spray the product right from the can.  Depending on your sprayer, you may dilute Lacquer Couture! with up to 5% tap water.  Do NOT apply a thick coat; thin coats are best to achieve a beautiful and durable Lacquer look.  Lacquer Couture! will dry to the touch in about an hour and it will achieve total hardness in one day.  If it is very humid it will take longer to dry.

If a second coat is desired, allow the 1st coat to dry for at least 4 hours.  You should sand between coats (use 240 grit sandpaper).  Ideally, the room should be at normal room temperature (60-80F) with humidity lower than 75%.  Apply the 2nd coat of Lacquer Couture! with a quality brush, roller or sprayer.  Do NOT apply a thick coat, thin coats are best to achieve a beautiful and durable Lacquer look.

Clean up tools with warm, soapy water.

dry brush technique with alicia slayton

This is a dry brush painting technique that I use allot. Here I demonstrate it on a wicker basket.

  • Dip the tip of your paint brush into the color you want to dry brush with
  • Then dab the paint from the brush(this is called offloading your paint brush) onto a piece of cardboard to remove any excess paint. This is why its called Dry Brushing.
  • Then apply gentle, very light pressure over the part of your piece that you want to Dry Brush. For example gently hit the raised detail on a piece of furniture so that only the high parts get touched lightly with paint. This will bring out the details and add depth to your painted piece.

dry brush painting technique by alicia slayton

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alicia slayton wccb tv interview1

Excited and very Nervous this was a golden opportunity to share with the viewers what I love to do. I wish there was more time to explain the things I brought but it all goes by so fast and there is no practice run either. It was only 3 minutes long and I couldn’t really get the flow of it and then it was over.



 This was a fun project my husband helped me with. We took some old doors and built a frame for them and the Bride and Groom entered through them.The frame was made from 2×4’s and the base was some shelving board 12″ wide to give it stability and to give the Bride and Groom more of a flat surface to walk across.



Don’t they look amazing inside the door frame. This was a very old friend of mines daughter named Grace and she is beautiful. The top of the doors is old pallet wood provided by her dad and we added the vines and flowers after installing the doors.
We had to transport it with the doors off because it was very heavy and awkward.

wedding_frame_tie_the_knotAlso added this painted picture frame for them to braid in the middle of the ceremony. This was used just like the lighting of the candle or mixing of the sand.




paint can lid flowers2Made some paint can lid flowers yesterday for the side of the barn, mostly Paint Couture The Collection lids that I have been saving up for awhile.

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Before I installed them I needed to protect them with an outdoor poly then figure out how to attach them to each other and the barn! This is so much fun for me, if I could just do these kind of art projects all the time I would! In the above picture you can see the color difference that an oil based outdoor sealant makes. Some colors are effected more by the yellowish tint. The light pink is really changed the most, and a white would yellow. But this is the price you pay to protect from the weather! 

paint can lid flowers

 Thank you to the worlds best husband! we are using a drill press and rivets to put these together, there is some serious hardcore crafting going on here! The rivets and the tool are very inexpensive and can be ordered from amazon or picked up at a local hardware store.

Here’s a list of the colors I used from Paint Couture The Collection Sea Glass, Vera at the Ballet, Recharge, Lovely, Abundance, Spanish Sunrise, Parrot, Barbados Blue and Imagine.

paint can lid flowers on my barn

I have not made leaves yet but I may use some cans by cutting them with some tin snips to make small leaves. Then maybe slice the hose and insert and glue the leaves. Of course this would be a lot of work…maybe just wood.