Monday, May 7, 2012

Blame it on Pinterest - How to Paint, Distress and Antique a Piece Of Furniture


 
 
 
This original Bluebird of Happiness by Terra Studios was found at a local Salvation Army store. Total cost? 99 cents yipeeee!!!

Let me start by saying, that pinterest is, and will always be, one of my favorite websites. Who needs a magazine when you can have your own boards and pin all the things you love. The thing about pinterest is that it opens your mind to think outside the box. It also empowers you to try new things and tackle DIY projects like a pro. 

Today, I wanted to show you how a small can of paint, a $4 dollar bench and a $15 dollar chest,  can transform a space from drab to fab. Since we are a single income family, decorating a room is quite challenging, especially when your budget is  extremely limited. When I visit Goodwills, or local antique stores I always try to keep my eyes open to furniture pieces "with good bones".

Both the bench and the antique chest, where found at my local goodwill store. I decided I was going to paint the bench and use it on my entryway since that space was looking bare, unhappy and extremely uninspiring.  Since the chest was already painted, I decided I wanted to leave it as is  and use it as a console/toy storage on my family room.

The bench was painted with an interior eggshell painting. The color is River's Edge by Behr painting. I also glazed it with a specialty finish (Medallion 358 899) by Martha Stewart Living

The technique for painting, distressing and glazing the bench was quite easy. I swear, it didn't take me more than 10 minutes to finish the entire project.  I decided not to prime the bench since I was going for a beachy shabby chic look. 


 Painting, Distressing and Glazing Technique

 

By using long, broad strokes with a large, flat paintbrush apply the painting to the furniture. 

While the painting is starting to dry use a sandpaper or anything that you have in hand and distressed all the corners and areas you don't want the painting to show.

Apply the glaze of your choice to the furniture and use a cloth to wipe it out. If it you feels too dark, or you want to make the glaze a bit lighter you can use a wet cloth instead of a dry one. 

Antiquing is not an exact science so you have to step back every now and then and add or subtract a bit of painting or glaze until you are able to get the "look" that you want.

Remember, when it comes to glazing all you have to do is brush and then lightly wipe it off. You will repeat this process (if needed) until you reach the desired "look".  

That's it! Is really that simple. No need to pay 300 dollars for piece furniture at your local antique shop when you can do it at home for less than 20 ;)


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