I thought this little guy was a real cutie when I saw him at the thrift store. However, after I'd put on the base coat and had set it out to dry, my husband came home from work and said, "Where did you get that hideous piece of furniture that's in the driveway?"
GAME ON! I had to make this thing extra cute!
A while back I scored BIG TIME and won Kathie's awesome chalkpaint giveaway at A Few Good Pieces! I'm not done with the first piece I used the CP on, but I also decided to use it for this!
I used Provence and then trimed it in Old White.
Then I taped off stripes on the front and painted them in Old White.
After that, I gave it a nice bit of distressing with my sander and sanding sponges (fine and medium).
*I have since done a piece with regular latex paint, trying to achieve a super distressed finish, and it has been 100 times harder to get the same look that happens so easily with CP.
Since it was looking so beachy, I thought I'd give it a whitewash. I mixed some of the Old White with water and brushed it over everything. When that dried I used my sanding sponges and lightly sanded again.
I waxed with the light wax, followed by the dark. I love how using the dark wax antiques it and seals in the same step!
OOPS TIP: I messed up the sides by putting on too much dark wax. I know that you can use the clear wax to wipe it away, but the wax had gotten lumpy and icky. I used mineral spirits, and it easily wiped away all the wax so I could redo the sides.
Here he is, all ready for a makeover. All right...he is a little ugly~
All done over, beachy-retro style!
Have a fun weekend!