Distressed blue side table

I’ve been loving the super-distressed furniture trend that is so ‘in’ right now.  Up to this point, I have played it pretty safe with my furniture distressing and stayed within my comfort zone as I try to figure out what my style is.  However, I want to keep growing and challenging myself in this business so that I improve.  I decided that with my next project, I would take the distressing to a new level.

I decided to try this out with this boring little side table my husband picked up for me last month:

Original table

Original table

As you can see, to start with, the table was nothing to write home about.  It was actually a bit nasty- this picture doesn’t pick up the chippy, peeling varnish and the thick layer of dirt adhering to the surface.  However, I cleaned the table (don’t worry) and applied the most perfect paint colour.  Take a look:

Too nice to take a sander to?

Too nice to sand? Nah.

It looked so pretty just like that; even prettier when I added my new stencil in white.  I could have just left it like this and had a stunning little table (that’s what you were thinking, weren’t you); however, I’d already decided that this was the table that would feel the wrath of my sander.  So, with some trepidation, I started her up and tentatively began sanding the drawer to explore exactly how distressed I wanted the table to be.  I think using a power tool went to my head.  By the time I was done, the drawer was basically raw wood with flecks of paint. Oops. Maybe a little too distressed.  I had to start all over again.  I am learning as I go, what can I say?

Here is the finished table- I think it turned out pretty well for my first attempt at some serious distressing.  What do you think of the mega-distressed look? Comment and let me know!

Click on the first picture to scroll through the gallery:

This project was painted using Caribbean Blue and Warm White chalk paint from The FAT Paint Company and sealed with clear beeswax polish.  Please email us at sapphirerestorationdecor@gmail.com for purchase inquiries.  


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