Ever since I saw this gorgeous piece that Miss Mustard Seed did a while back, I have been dying to create a super distressed piece myself. When I found this antique desk on ksl the other day for $25, I didn't feel so bad about experimenting on it and not being terribly sad if it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.
Next, I painted the whole thing with one coat of very watered down Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (the same combo of Old White and Paris Gray that I used on my dining room table)
The key here is to let the wood still shine through with a very light coat. Don't spend a lot of time trying to achieve a perfect coverage. In this case, less is more.
Then I went over the full piece again with my sander, focusing on the high points.
I followed this with Annie Sloan dark wax on all the areas where the wood was exposed and then covered the full piece in Annie Sloan clear wax.
Sigh... pure love over here. I think I'll just keep this little photo shoot in my living room for the next month or so just so that I can stare.
In case you haven't picked up yet on my number one message that I hope to convey by writing this blog, that is to remember that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make your home look good and reflect your style... not your neighbors or your moms or sisters, yours. Have fun, be creative, and go into a project with an open mind. For me each piece is like an artist's blank canvas when I begin. I have an idea in mind of how I would like the piece to end up but it evolves into its own beautiful piece as I begin "painting". You may even end up with something you absolutely love in the end.
Thanks so much to all who read and continue to leave such sweet comments about my work. I appreciate each and every one more than I can say.
Sending so much love from Penny Wenny.