Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Making new furniture look old

I purchased this chest at Pier 1 several months ago.  It has great character, and with 3 drawers, great storage too. I was in search of something to use for a bedside table, in a cream color, because our master bedroom is dominated by browns. The chest was on sale and I knew I could give it a new life.

 I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and went through the steps of paint, wax, etc with sanding in between to add a distressed look.

I wasn't satisfied with the chest in the final white finish so I took another step to age it a little more.

  I forgot to take a picture of it before I started "glazing", but if you look closely you can see how the drawer is a chalky white and just above it is more aged looking where I've been adding brown paint.

I call this process "glazing", but I'm really just painting on some old brown paint and spraying it with my water bottle to thin out the paint before I rub it in with a cloth.

 Can you see how it looks a little more aged in the photo below?

 I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Hoping to get a few more things done in the master bedroom before I share the whole room :)

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