Monday, September 20, 2010

DIY: Distressing Furniture

Remember when I said I wanted a desk (see here)? Well, my super sweet hubby surprised me last weekend when I got home from a work trip with this:



He found it on the side of the road at the end of June (way before I was talking about wanting a desk), and was going to fix it up for me for my birthday. But when I told him how much I wanted a desk, he gave it to me early! He took the icky brown finish off and took it down to the wood (I don't have a picture of what it looked like before). He even made room for it in our office/dining room!

I love the look of distressed furniture. My dining room table is white distressed, so I decided to do the same with my desk (because it is going to be in the same room).

What you need:



2" to 3" paint brush
A flat color paint to go on the bottom (I chose a yellow- "Honey Toast" by Olympic). This color will go on first
Paste Wax
Old rag, for applying paste wax
A second paint to go on top (it needs to be mixed with glaze) I used "Betsy's Linen" by Valspar
Sandpaper, nothing too terribly harsh



Step 1:

Paint your first coat on the piece of furniture



Let it dry really well (24 hours)



You don't need to paint perfectly, or even do 2 coats. You want some wood showing through


Step 2:
Go over the whole piece with paste wax.



Let dry for 1 hour.

Step 3:
Paint with your second paint (the paint/glaze mix)





Let dry overnight, but not for a full 24 hours

Step 4:
Sand paper off some of the top paint to reveal bottom coat and wood. Do it in areas that would be worn down first- corners, edges, legs



Do see my yellow peaking through?

I didn't do a lot of distressing for 2 reasons:
1. Over time it will naturally distress some
2. I had a lot of spots where the wood showed through, so I didn't want to go overboard


I used these cute knobs from Anthropologie on my drawers





Ready for the big reveal?

Before:



After:

I now want to distress every piece of furniture in our apartment... and my parents house... and anything else I can get my hands on! I still need to get a chair for it. Thats on my To Do list for next weekend.

11 comments:

  1. you are so crafty!!! i love to find furniture on the side of the road too! i still need to copy your bulletin board decorating soon!

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  2. This is so cute! What a great idea. If I ever find a desk I will definitely be distressing it with your tips!

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  3. Wow! Fantastic work...if I had any more room in our little house, I would give this a try! :)

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  4. Love this. Totally wish I was as crafty as you are...that turned out SO great!

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  5. I love this! I am thinking about painting my desk (we just found) a light gray, with a black chalk board top.. but now that I seen your cute handles I might have to see what other kinds they have and change that up! :) This is adorable!

    p.s. Following from Mingle Monday :)

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  6. Hi, I'm stopping by from Mingle Monday.

    Your blog is so cute - and most of all I love the picture of your cattle dog...I have 2 myself. So cute! I hope yours isn't as a big of a monster as my boys are.

    Great job on the desk btw...it looks fantastic.

    <3

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  7. I can't believe you found this! And I LOVE what you did! Although I don't think my fat thighs would fit at that cute little desk!

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  8. O-em-Gee, that is amazing! I'm super impressed how precious you made that thing! I can't even keep plants alive around my house, let alone freaking cute projects like that!

    Just visiting from Mingle monday, visit me at www.poodleism.com!

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  9. Wow! I don't feel like I could ever take that on and have it turn out so nice. The original piece was a little crafty looking for my taste but after the distressing, it's totally cute. Nice job.

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  10. I love this project! I love how it turned out. The drawer pulls are fabulous. I'm totally inspired to work on a piece now! :)

    The Bellini Bunny

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  11. I think this was the ever best birthday gift for you...hmm?

    UK contract furniture

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