Friday, March 7, 2014

How-To: A Modern Distressed Paint Technique

Is there something that is pretty much a part of your everyday life?  Something that if you go a few days without you feel like there is something missing?  For me it is paint.  

My name is Becky and I like paint.  I like to play with it and try new colors, I like to use it in new ways and color my world (and others') happy with it.  
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I used a subtle paint finish on this table.  By subtle, I mean the colors under the main color are not screamming at you.  It is not greatly distressed, just hints that there are other colors under the French linen.
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The table started as this oak one--thankfully no high gloss finish on it.  I love using a shabby, bristley brush that will leave some texture.
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I painted it green, a light, streaky coat,
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and then blue over that.  Use the color you most want to see peeking out on the top, in the case the blue.
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I then applied a willy nilly coat of Annie Sloan French linen--covering most of the blue and green.
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When it was dry (and it didn't take long), I distressed lightly by hand using 220 grit sandpaper.
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I let more of the color show through on the sides and legs.  
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I used a dark and light wax mixture on top to protect the piece and add a little depth.
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This look is a cleaner, more modern distressed look--great for those who don't love shabby, chippy.

6 comments:

  1. I will have to try this technique! Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Its an easy way to distress and it looks great!!!
    Besos

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  3. Its an easy way to distress and it looks great!!!
    Besos

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  4. willy nilly! lol

    love the table Becky.

    gail

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  5. Wow, talk about the ugly duckling turning into the swan. The original was not pretty, but after your paint job, that piece would look good almost anywhere.

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  6. When u say a dark & light WAX what kind of wax are you talking about?? Thx Stace

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