Whoops. Notice anything a little off with this photo?
I’ve been a bit of a mad scientist recently, trying to modify inexpensive, store-bought house paint to make it easier to distress after it’s been applied to wood furniture.
Sounds like a giant step backward, doesn’t it, anxiously waiting for applied paint to dry so I can un-apply it?
I try not to think about it.
I bought a $4 quart of paint* at my favorite painting supply store, my local Rebuilding Center, and mixed two parts of paint with one part of (sifted! Thank you, Maria) Plaster of Paris and a tiny bit of water and voila!
Genuine DIY distress-able paint.
Never one to experiment on a test piece of wood, I dove right in on this desk.
Before painting, I lightly sanded the wood where it still had some its original varnish in case the paint might not adhere to those areas.
I didn’t use primer. Yay!
The paint dried quickly and I called in my alter-ego, Sandy, to do her thing.
I love the wood top and it was in very good condition compared to the rest of this desk which was in pieces when I found it, so I simply sanded & stained it and then finished it with paste furniture wax.
I heart this 50¢ drawer pull
I love the look of waxed furniture. I do not love the task of waxing furniture.
Good thing it’s the final step in the process.
Arms so tired can’t type sentence.
*Benjamin Moore’s Beach Glass
More great painted furniture ideas here.