Happy Tuesday guys! If you saw my last post you know I changed things up a bit with a (super easy) project I had done. So I’m going to ride that train a bit longer and share my latest “renovation”. I love trying my hand at a project. It can be great therapy when you need some time to yourself and honestly, I’m usually pretty darn proud to see my final piece.
This time around I decided to go with a distressed look. Mainly because I had (unintentionally) beat up my table a bit. It had a sort of wood looking laminate on it. It started peeling off easily so I figured I would just strip it: until the whole table surface did not peel off like I had intended. After scrapping and scrapping and sanding I was left with a rough tabletop.
So distressed it was.
There are so many techniques and ways to get that distressed look. After some research I went with the candle method. And incorporated some of my own ideas (wink wink).
So here is what my precious little table looked like before I attempted to tear off the whole top. (As you can see some was already gone.)
I actually just used some paint I had found lying around my basement. I used a few different shades of blue and one kind of white. (And, psst, these little “test” sized paints are perfect for smaller projects.)
To start off, just paint random spots all over your piece. The key is to not try too hard. Normally this would drive me up a wall, since I can be a bit of a perfectionist. But that is not what we are shooting for here. I chose to go with my darkest color first. The nice thing about this though is that you will be able to add as many layers as you want until you get the look you want. So if you are not happy with it, just add another layer. This is such a forgiving project.
After you have painted your first layer and allowed it to dry, you are going to use a candle and just rub it at random spots all over. This is a bit harder since you can’t see exactly where you went, but once again, imperfection is key.
Like that “action” shot?!
Once you have done this you are going to take your next color and do just what you did with the first color. Paint randomly over the first color and in new spots. Then once again, let it dry.
Now here is where the distressing actually comes into play. You are going to take a rag and rub your piece while applying a lot of pressure. What should happen is the areas which you painted over the candle will come up revealing whatever is underneath. Now, this is where a bit of Alyism came into play. It did not wipe off completely. Partly, I believe, was due to the fact that rubbing paint off of rough wood was difficult. So once you add more paint layers, it should wipe off the smoother surfaces easier. What I ended up doing was taking a plastic scraper, wrapping it in a rag, and using that to bring up the paint, which worked great and I was able to get the look I wanted.
Just keep repeating these steps until you are satisfied. As you can see, I decided to paint the legs gold. Thank you spray paint!
I used a spray sealant when I was finished. But feel free to experiment with your own. The finish you want and the use of your piece should help you determine what method to go with.
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Thanks for reading!