Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nightstands in Duck Egg Blue

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
 The sun is out, the sky is blue. What's a girl to do? PAINT! 
With the weather being so clear and dry right now along the eastern seaboard I love to spend the day outside painting in the fresh air. I've had a couple of nightstands that have been in line for a re-do for my booth and I'm happy to report  I can finally check them off my list today! 

When I'm looking for furniture to re-fresh I always try to find pieces that don't need much repair or that I like the look of " as is ". I lucked out when I came across TWO Basset ( Made in the USA) nightstands at my favorite hunting spot. I paid 9.99 each! A steal!!!

The old finish was a medium stained oak.
Just look at the new and improved shabby, rustic, french finish! 
The secret to my weathered look is to have a light hand when painting. 
1) Dip your brush into the paint but don't soak it.
2) Brush this way and that so your  brush marks are going in different directions.
3) Try and leave some of the underlying wood tones UN-painted so they show through, that way you'll have less to remove when distressing.
4) You can remove chalk paint as you paint with a damp cloth or wait for it to dry ( about half an hour ) and sand until you like the results.

 Beautifully distressed and ready for a new home!

I kept the aged brass hardware but I think something glass, or with some sparkle would be elegant too! 

How do you like my little leg? I didn't use any relief ( chap stick or petroleum jelly ) underneath the paint. I simply rubbed it off once it was dry with medium grit sandpaper.  It worked like a charm. I followed up with ASCP Clear Wax.

I always have the best of intentions when it comes to placing my finds in my booth for sale. I'm gonna need will power to let these beauties go! They match my bedroom comforter perfectly! 

What's keeping you busy during these glorious fall days?
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