This post might be what you’d call ‘A distressing situation.’ 😉 Today I’m going to show you how to distress a vintage table with chalk-style paint. Otherwise known as:
A chippy table made chippier.
How to take a bad table to worse – on purpose.
How to use a paint brush and a wet rag to create something you just aren’t sure about.
Take your pick. Any of the above would work.
Fact is, this table has been kicking around for decades. DECADES. And over the decades, it’s been painted, dinged, scuffed, broken, abused and generally taken for granted. The last paint job on it (in a softish, not terrible, celery green) was done HORRIBLY.
Huge drips, unsightly scrapes, massive bubbles, uneven finish from painting latex over oil with an overly saturated, cheap sponge brush… it was just done all wrong. And this poor table is now suffering the consequences.
But it had some redeeming qualities. It has cute fret work on the sides and it’s a great height for a side table.
So I thought I could use up some leftover paint and maybe give it a new life.
I mixed 1/4 cup of Paris Grey with 1 tablespoon of Aubusson Blue to make a creamy ocean blue. (This is why I always have a cheap set of plastic measuring cups and dollar store cutlery in my painting supplies!)
I sanded down the piece as best I could. I’m not invested enough in this table to use chemical strippers or anything like that. But I knew as soon as I put the first coat on the top, that there was no way on this good Earth this table would ever look ‘polished’ again. A coat of paint wasn’t going to do it. I had to disguise the damage in plain sight.
Then, using my leftover Old White, I used a ‘wet distressing’ technique to make this shabby table even shabbier.
Wet distressing simply involves brushing on a generous amount of paint over top of a freshly painted piece and then wiping it off with some pressure using a damp rag.
It creates a similar look to sanding without creating all the dusty mess.
ANNNND – we do think it’s at least better than it was – when it was a terrible paint job trying to look like a good paint job. Now it’s – well, a decent paint job with a questionable finish that is masking an even more dreadful painted facade.
I guess I’ll be on the look out for a new end table after this!
C’est la vie!
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