Bedroom Night Stand

Bedroom Night Stand

Well, here is the last piece that we have so far.  Much more to come!  If you missed the previous two posts on the gray bedroom furniture here is what we’re doing:

Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

 

night stand before

night stand

 

night stand before and after

Oval Bedroom Mirror

Oval Bedroom Mirror

Well, Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

oval mirror

 

oval mirror

 

Here is the vanity and mirror together

 

bedroom vanity

 

…And The Before And Afters!

 

Mirror Before and After

Bedroom Vanity

Bedroom Vanity

Well, Angie and I have just started working on a little distressed furniture project in our bedroom.  We’re taking our time and just doing one piece here and there as time permits.

The walls of the room are a rich cranberry red so after looking through a bunch of colors we decided on (what I call) a Confederate gray.

These were all done using the dry brush method.  Click here to see our tutorial on how we do this:  Dry Brush Method Tutorial

Angie has already completed the first three pieces and we’re going to be sharing them in 3 posts now and in subsequent posts as we complete them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to leave a comment and Share and PIN any pictures you like!

 

Before we start, a little attribution is in order!

This vanity was a wonderful gift from our sister-in-law and brother Angela and Chad Newsom.  So in order to give due credit for their amazing gift here is where you can find them.

Angela is the brains behind The Coupon Makeover Class and website which you can find at http://www.couponmakeover.com/

She is also the author of The Coupon Quick Start Guide which you can get at Amazon here:  GET THE BOOK

She does amazing work and can save you tons of money so check her site out.

Chad is the author of two amazing books: Polycarp: The Crown Of Fire and Talking Of Dragons:  The Children’s Books Of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, and The Nicholas Book:  A Legend of Santa Claus.   All 3 are excellent reads and available though Amazon and other book sellers.

He is also the Lore Master at Family Lore Publishing.   Make sure you check out that site here:  http://www.familylorepublishing.com/

 

Now, down to business.  Here she is!!

vanity before

bedroom vanity

 

bedroom vanity

 

 

bedroom vanity

 

Vanity before and after

Dry Brush Method

Dry Brush Method





Well, if you saw our recent post called “An Old Blue Chair” then you have already seen the chair we are going to talk about in this tutorial.

We painted this chair using a technique called the “dry brush” method and it really is an amazing way to add a beautifully distressed patina to a piece of furniture.

We found this old chair in a barn.  It’s a very simple laminate chair but we thought it would make a good test cases for dry brushing.

old chair before

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

* Chalk Paint :  You can buy the Annie Sloan version or you can make your own using the easy recipe we use.  Get the free recipe here: Chalk Paint Recipe

-You will need two colors.  On this we used a Williamsburg blue and a basic pure white latex.  You can also use additional colors if you wish.  On this one we decided on only two.

*Paint Brushes

* Finishing Wax (or other finishing material such as polyurethane).  We actually made our own dark wax on this one and we’ll be sharing the recipe in a future post.  However, you can use a basic wax like Minwax furniture paste.

*Sand paper, steel wool, electric sander, etc for distressing.  We just went with good old sandpaper on this in about 120 grit.

* Clean Dry Cloths

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PREP

The first step was to simply clean the chair up of all the dirt and debris.  No other prep was needed on this piece.

PAINT

Next, we painted the entire chair in our base color.  Which color you choose to put on first is up to you and according to what look you are going for but we were really pleased in how the dark color on first and dry brushing the lighter color on top turned out.

After the chair dried it was time to begin dry brushing the white on.

Now, when we say dry brush we mean it!  The drier your brush is the better.

Here’s how you do it:

Barely dip the edge of the brush just on the surface of the paint.  Using the paint on the lid of the can is a good idea also

   Wipe the brush with a paint rag of some sort.  Wipe it really good until you brush is very dry.  It’s probably best to test it on a scrap piece of wood or something similar to make sure it’s not too wet.

What you are trying to achieve with this technique is the look of old paint showing through a newer coat.  You don’t want thick, wet brush strokes or the effect will be greatly diminished or even ruined.

With the “dry” brush begin lightly brushing the piece in the areas you want it to look distressed.  Remember you can always do more later so start slow.  You will begin to get a feel for the brush as you go.

It’s always a good idea to do a little, step back and look and then go again.  You will know what looks right when you see it!

On this piece we first focused on curves and edges to really bring the white paint out.

On the back beams and legs a light up and down motion gave the best effect.

 

***TIP:  A great little tip for getting an authentically worn look around curved areas is to take the flat part of the brush and lightly go around the area in a downward motion as we did on the rim of the seat (see picture)

 

Well, after we finished with the dry brushing of the white it was time to let it sit and dry.

Here was the chair after drying and before waxing

before waxing

 

DISTRESSING

Next we added a little distressing to the chair to really give it an authentic look.  Just using sandpaper we went around focusing on distressing the edges, corners, ridges and raised areas.

 

WAXING

Now, we mentioned earlier that we used a dark wax that we made ourselves.   We’ll be updating this post with the recipe in the near future but until then you can use a clear wax or buy a dark wax like the one that Annie Sloan sells.

 

FINAL PRODUCT

After the wax was applied, dried and buffed out here is the newly old blue chair!

after waxing

 

TO ITS NEW HOME~

Now it has a new home and provides a sitting area for our favorite monkey’s favorite monkey 🙂

distressed chair

 

Well, let us know what you think.   Please leave a comment and be sure to if you like it.

Thanks guys.   We hope you have as much fun as we did.

Angie and Chris

An Old Blue Chair ;)

An Old Blue Chair ;)

 

Alright, you Kenny Chesney fans will understand the wink in the title.  Everyone else will have to look it up 🙂

We found this old chair abandoned in an old barn and in need of some distressed furniture love.

We wanted to try the “dry brush” technique on this and share with you how to do it.  We also just made our own dark wax and used it on this chair.  It worked amazingly (in our humble opinion) and in the future we are going to be sharing exactly how we did it so you can make your own on the cheap!

Make sure you subscribe to the blog (via the link on the right) AND sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the post so you won’t miss out when we share the secret recipe!

Here on the gallery page we will just show you the before and after pictures, but we are going to be doing a whole tutorial on how to dry brush a piece.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think! 

Angie and Chris

Here Are The Before Waxing And After Waxing Shots

Chair tall 1

Here Are The Before Anything And After Everything Shots

Chair tall 2

 

 

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Hire Us To Distress Your Furniture

Hire Us To Distress Your Furniture

Would You Like Us To Come And Distress Your Furniture Pieces For You?

Chris and Angie

 

Angie and I were talking and we wanted to try something a little different than you might get at other websites that show you how to age and distress furniture.

We live in central North Carolina in the heart of the Piedmont and if you live in or near this area we are now offering our personal distressing services for you.

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We can distress pretty much any piece of furniture you have so let’s talk and see if we can add a little distressed character to your home.

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