In a perfect world, every furniture piece I paint would have a dark brown stain to start since it is the perfect first layer for distressing. I really try to avoid already painted pieces mostly for that reason, but how about unfinished pieces? Yeah…don’t usually care for those either. I mean if I can save myself some work, right?
Hello sweet friends! Today I am sharing how I tackled one such unfinished piece. My parents and I used to do craft markets for about 15 years or so, and my Dad made these tables:
My Mom would paint pretty scenes on them and they would sell like hotcakes. They had a few leftover hanging around their attic, and my Mom keeps offering them to me to paint and put in my booth, but ahem they are unfinished…and that requires a little more work.
Well I finally brought a couple home, and here’s how this one turned out:
Pretty cute, right?
I honestly don’t know why I resisted for so long. This was the simplest little makeover ever with all those super straight lines.
Now I suppose you could just stain this first to get that perfect base, but stain takes longer to dry, and then would you have to seal it too? Not sure, but I went straight for this black latex paint I had left over from an old project and gave it a good base coat (spray paint works perfectly for this too):
Then I got out the petroleum jelly. I have used this on several pieces to give a distressed look. Paint will not adhere properly in the areas where you apply it. There’s no need to worry about going down too far and revealing unfinished wood, or in the case of a previously painted piece…revealing the paint color beneath, because you only need to lightly sand to smooth the surfaces.
I tried to apply it where it might naturally wear.
You can see the drawer above looks like this now:
I painted over the black and the petroleum jelly with two coats of a new white I bought. This is Bit of Sugar by Behr (that I made into DIY chalk paint), and I love it. I usually use Ultra Pure White which I get right off the shelf and requires no mixing, but I wanted something just a touch more muted to try.
Then I sanded lightly all over and the paint just came away from the areas where I used the petroleum jelly. You could also rub it away from those areas with a soft cloth.
I sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
This little clock face knob I had in my stash that I believe originally came from Hobby Lobby was perfect…
I lined the tiny drawer with this pretty fabric:
There are lots of places you could use a little table like this.
This also works for those brightly painted pieces you want to paint but don’t want the color to show through when you distress.
If you enjoyed this, you’ll like this one too where I used the same technique:
And I used it here too to stop the green from showing through:
I’ll be back Thursday with my Décor Enthusiast girls sharing how we are getting ready for Spring using baskets!
As always, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere! I appreciate you more than you know. 🙂
UPDATE: See how this basket became a sweet centerpiece for my dining room table HERE!
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