DIY Painted Distressed Furniture For A Shabby Chic Look
I finished the sewing machine cabinet project. Yea! I worked on the cabinet for 3 days. I removed the sewing machine from the cabinet on day one. On day two I painted the cabinet and on day three I distressed the paint.
The cabinet before painting.
When painting small tables with legs or dining room chairs I always turn them over and work on the bottom first. That way I don’t miss any underneath areas. Notice how I left the details on the top of the leg unpainted? Leaving the natural finish in those crevices is a nice contrast to the white paint.
The table took two coats of paint.
On day three I distressed the table by hand. Sometimes I use an electric sander but I have more control over the distressing if I do it manually. I used 150 grit sandpaper and tore it into little strips for the job. I double up the sandpaper and rub the areas I want distressed.
Read my tips and tricks for distressing furniture here... What You Should Know About Distressing Painted Furniture And Home Decor
All those lovely details really pop after a little distressing.
This project wasn’t the toughest one I’ve worked on but it did give me a few fits. Our workshop isn’t air conditioned and boy has it been hot! The temp in Tennessee has been hovering close to 100 and the humidity is high…of course….it’s the South. I get headaches right above my eyes and bending over to paint just makes them worse. When I head to the workshop to work on a project I don’t want to stop until I reach a certain point in my work. I take Fast Acting Advil® for my headaches and I’m able to keep working until I’m ready to quit for the day.
Well, I finished the cabinet….turned side table….and I’m loving it! Do you have photos of your DIY projects….or can you take some real quick?
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Good luck and have a great day, Kathy