table detail

i thought i’d show you some detail shots of the table i showed you last week (or the week before? i never know what day it is). for the entry table/table-that-used-to-be-my-sofa-table i painted 2 coats of paint, totally skipping all the usual prep work of sanding and priming. i let the paint dry overnight between coats so it had time to harden. i didn’t prep it well because a. i’m lazy, and b. i knew i wanted to distress it anyway and this would make it easier.

after the paint had dryed really well, i got a razor blade and went at it. i went at an angle, almost flat against the wood and scraped it up. i don’t like when things are distressed and look really fake. i like to distress where the furniture would naturally get more worn, like in the edges and corners, but not too evenly.

i still plan on doing a darker wash over this piece to age it out a bit more, but i still like it the way it is.

these 2 pics are from my coffee table. this one i (well, “we”: me and my mom) painted a base coat of dark brown then a couple coats of blue on top. the i sanded through to the brown. some of the previous owners’ paint colors came through, too, which i like.

i also did a lazy wash on top of this: watered down black and brown craft paint, rubbed it on and wet ragged it off. i don’t really recommend this because you have to work really fast as the paint dries very quickly.

if any of you have tried out that paint color yet (behr’s mermaid net), post a comment with a link to pictures.



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    I love that blue with the black mirror, looks great.

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    I’m so glad you showed us more of the table! Also, that you shared what color you used, because that one is perfect. Wish I had known about it a week ago before I painted my desk the wrong color of blue! Live and learn.

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    Thank you for showing us how you did that! My husband will never go for it (he hates painted wood) but one day…I will have my own little creative cottage/office…and I will be free to decorate it. And let me tell you, it is going to be filled with distressed furniture and vintage finds!! It all makes my heart go aflutter. ; )

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    Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm says:

    darling!! love it!! :-) I hope you have a fantastic day!!! xoxo!!!!! Britt :-)

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    Mrs. Jones says:

    I never thought about using a razor blade. Great idea! I’ve been wanting to get little chunks out of my painted table but sanding it wasn’t going to work.

    By the way, who did your blog design? I love it!


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    heather – my sister did my blog design. i lucked out!

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    AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this! Now I’m going to HAVE to paint something that color.

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