Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Chippy" distressed technique found by mistake!

WOW!  It has been a bit since I last posted.  I am still here....really!  

I have just been crazy busy.  Outside of my regular work schedule, being a wife and a mom, attempting to slow down for a moment and enjoy the holiday, shopping for Christmas, attempting to clean the house, I have been busy in the garage finishing up Mr. T's Pottery Barn table and chairs find from the goodwill, refinishing an end table and making 95 "Ball of Notes" ornaments (Mr. T helped....thank you!) for a church here in Indy.

Here are some pictures of the end table that I refinished in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint-Cream.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this paint. Plus, due to the fact that I was out of sand paper (GRRRR, not sure how that happened) I found a new way to distress....a much more chippy look!  

Out of necessity comes great results!!

The pictures are not the best.  I forgot the camera when we went to the booth on Sunday and didn't have time to take "a styled shoot" I took the pics with my cell phone and then sent them to my brother to email back to me.  
Yes...I am a little technologically challenged.  
Yes... I still have a basic phone (no iPhone).  
Hey...I am excited to have a camera on the thing and actually no how to work that!

The drawer front was sanded by hand with a TINY piece of sand paper that I found in a drawer in the garage, but not enough to do the whole table.  You can really see the difference in this pic on how different the distressing looks.
Yes...I also forgot to take before pics.  Sorry...I know this is bad, but I was in a hurry!  I have another one just like it, so I can show you a before pic later?   It was a basic cherry end table with brass drawer pull (which I painted with oil rubbed bronze).  Great condition!  I just decided it need a paint job.  So "Annie" and I had a date.
I painted the entire piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in cream (2 coats).  Then I painted the edge of the drawer and table with a pewter buff-in-rub diluted with lacquer thinner.  Then I waxed the entire piece with clear wax.  This is when I learned I was out of regular sand paper.  I could have used the palm sander, but this paint tends to kick up a lot of dust when sanded.  We had just pulled all of our Christmas stuff from the attic (which still needs to be put out) and I didn't want it covered in dust.  So I decided I would hand sand...problem sand paper (again...not sure how that happened).
So I decided to use a scouring pad that I had for my mouse sander.  
I used the pad on the right, much like you would find on a two-sided sponge
 It came with the sander when it was given to me 8 years ago and I always wondered why you might need a scouring pad with a sander...I am glad it existed.  I found a whole new distressing technique.  It gives a much more "chippy" distressed looked than sanding does.  It's also was a lot less messy than using Vaseline, candles wax or the palm sander with sand paper. 
Try it...I think you will like it.  
I don't think it won't work with regular latex paint, but if you are using Chalk works BEAUTIFULLY! 
Again, sorry for the blurry pic, it's from my cell phone
So what do you think?  Do you like the way it distressed?

Remember, I mentioned that Mr. T found a Pottery Barn table and chairs at the Goodwill.  He bought it at the beginning of summer, but I am just now getting around to refinishing it.  It was one of the DIRTIEST things I have EVER cleaned.  However, in the cleaning process, I found the original price tags still intact. Total price for this set was over $1300.00!!!  Trust me, Mr. T paid NO WHERE near that.  So here is a sneak peak of the before....
I have just a tiny bit more to do and this will be done!  Just in time for our open house on December 10th.  If you are in the Indy area, please stop by and say HI!  Mr. T and I will be there from 12-5pm.  We would love to meet you!


  1. That's a great tip! I will have to remember that one- I finally just bought my first two cans of ascp! Thanks so much for your comment on my post yesterday, Kellie! I Hope you can make your dream a full time reality!! :)

  2. Thank Denise, I was surprised by how well it worked! You are going to LOVE, ASCP! What colors did you get? You are so welcome for the comment. You sound SO happy. Congrats again!

  3. that looks so pretty. I love it!


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