I found this antique library table at a consignment store a few weeks ago, and thought it was just the perfect piece. It’s so multi-functional, I’m not sure what to call it - desk? console table? library table? behind-the-couch table?Read More
When I bought this buffet, I knew it had some great bones, but it really needed some refreshing. I mean it’s kind of dull and boring as it is. It sat for a while because I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. Then it came to me - color washing!
Color washing is a fun way to add layers and texture to a piece while still keeping it bright and colorful. Glazing can tone down a piece quite a bit, but layering color keeps it bold and interesting.
As I did it I updated my Colorwashing tutorial, it needed a fresh spin just like this buffet. So here it is… a full length tutorial.
What a difference.
I heavily distressed this piece, I wanted it to have lots of interest. When I was done it reminded me of turquoise, almost southwestern in feel. I added these detailed cup pulls and it just made it all come together.
No more dull, boring brown. Hello beautiful color!
I’ve done this finish, before and just to show you you can do it with different combinations of color, here are some examples…
I used it to makeover my cedar trunk in my living room. This went dark navy blue over the cedar. You can see the makeover here.
This is another Patina Green example on a mirror, no blog post with this one, but this is a great finish for mirrors!
This dresser was done in lighter blues, and turned out so pretty. Post and tutorial here.
There you have it. Color washing at it’s best. What colors are you going to try this with??
Until next time,
I found this vanity, old, beat up and having seen better days. But I had a flashback to this pair of nightstands I did in the spring, and I wanted to do it again! There’s something about a good pair of vintage nightstands that is just so good. These are taller too which is perfect to sit next to a modern bed, and the narrow dimensions mean they will fit just about anywhere.Read More
The denim was dresser was in high demand over at the shop, so we had to do it again! This piece was another summer church sale find, it was a little worse for the wear, but it's a SOLID (read heavy) wood piece and I knew it would clean up just perfectly. The little turned legs are so cute.Read More
It's been a while since I updated some of my favorite business resources. And as all things, they have changed over time. I know not all of you are a furniture painter like me, but if you are a creative entrepreneur of any kind - these will come in handy! I'll explain what I use each tool for and what I like about them as we go.Read More
I got a message from a friend of a friend a few weeks ago. She sent over a photo of a beautiful buffet she had painted herself, but she was not happy with the result. You see, she had used one of the chalk paints that claims "no prep" - no sanding, no scrubbing, just paint.
The paint had started chipping and flaking all over the piece. Sometimes this chippy look would be desired, but she didn't even like the piece distressed, much less chippy.Read More
Let's talk topcoats. Applying the topcoat can make or break the whole project. So let's discuss the different types, when to use them and how! There's a video at the bottom of this post to discuss for my more visual learners.Read More
A headboard can really finish off a bedroom. Whether it's something fun, unusual or just a focal point for the bed, headboards are a great DIY project because they aren't too hard to make! I pulled together this DIY wood headboard roundup to give you several ideas on how you can build one yourself!Read More