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Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby clothmama » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:29 am

I've been eyeing up this table for a while with the idea of giving it a shabby beachy make-over.
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I've read heaps of blogs showing lots of lovely ideas and tutorials on various ways (well actually about 3 billion and 82 it seems!) to acheive the shabby distressed look. I already have my genuinely shabby table that was mums and I have sat at since I was a little girl then found some 2nd hand but almost new distressed dining chairs that go well (I must post pics actually I did some a while ago when I got my new dining chairs but dont' think I posted them yet).

So I headed to the hardware store a week or so ago and picked up some supplies to get going ( I got small of everything as I wasn't sure if I'd bought the correct items or if I'd want to try something else). I got them to mix me up an antique white paint, some walnut stain and some clear mat varnish to seal it:
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The paint colour was Dulux 'white comfort' it would be so easy if I lived in the states as that is where most of the tutorials come from and they tell you what colour to get but I had to make a decision myself :panic: ! The guy in the shop was actually really helpful (I was wandering around looking for something actually called 'Antique White' :oops: :doh: and couldn't find it!). I hope it is the right colour!

I decided I didn't want to ruin our perfectly good side table by jumping in gun ho so I found this old frame that had a daggy twee little bear picture in it from when I was a teenager! Louis has recently done a funny piece of art so I thought it would be good in this frame but didn't like the 90s pine look so putting 2 and 2 together I thought this would be a perfect practice project! First step was give it to Mr CM :lookround: who took off all the hooks, glass etc and handed it back as just wood ready to go (I didn't get a pic of this bit!). Next step was to give it a light sanding down to get rid of 20 years of hanging around grime and to give the paint something to hold onto!
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I was careful to get into all the little indents:
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Next step I gave it a good brush down with a soft brush and then a microfibre cloth. Many of tutes that I read actually recommended to wipe with a damp cloth and allow to dry. I was too impatient for this step and it seems ok I only missed a few speks of dust but I think for the table I'll be good and do that step!
Here is the paint open - I think it is right :yahoo: it is that soft antique white that I love so I'm hoping it all works for me!
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I gave it the first coat of paint as it was, to be honest I think it was a bit thick, perhaps I didn't work quick enough or perhaps my brush is rubbish but it isn't as smooth as I'd like. I wasn't going to bother with a 2nd coat on this but I think I'll do one to test out watering the paint down a little. I bought water based paint, stain and varnish as I hate cleaning brushes in turps :lookround: . Now I'm waiting for it to dry :waiting: :waiting: I hate this bit - thank goodness I can come and post to help pass the time! :hohoho: It says 2 hours but it is in the sun so I'm thinking I won't need to wait that long!
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Here is the frame after some light distressing with some sandpaper:

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Oops not great light but you get the idea!

So this afternoon I got all the bits together to do the stain layer, from what I've read from my research the idea is that you brush on a really light layer then wipe it straight off to leave a light layer that gives the aged look to your project. I wasn't sure what I'd need so I hit the cheapy shop and got some various brushes and foam brushes:
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Thank goodness I did a test patch on the back - DISASTER :shock: :panic:
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It didn't work at all - the left darker patch was straight and wiped straight off and the lighter one was mixed very very weakly and it is still awful and not the thing at all :cry: so that little pot of stain was a total waste of money! I'm just so thankful that I was smart enough to do it on the back of the frame so I haven't ruined it and thrilled it wasn't the table that I ruined (it was entirely possible that I could have decided to jump right on in and wing it - I don't often do swatches either :doh: :oops: :giggle: ).

I decided to give it a go just with the sealant as we were both quite happy with the look, when I opened it it wasn't what I expected at all, I expected a clear thin product and it was thickish and milky coloured. When I put it on it seemed to pick up colour from somewhere, perhaps the brush touched the back and got a bit of the stain or perhaps it got it from the wood. Anyway result is that it has a slightly yellow tinge - not sure I love it - on one hand it does age it a bit but on the other hand I dont' want it to look yellow!

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What do you think? Is it too yellow? Should I try another product (there were other options like wax) or do you think it will be OK on the table?
Last edited by clothmama on Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:17 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: To update the info :)

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby docmaggoo » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:50 am

Looking good so far!
I'm excited to see how this turns out - there's a few thing we've got that would look better if they were distressed a bit!

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby clothmama » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:20 am

Added the frame after distressing to original post.

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby Frances » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:35 pm

Looks great!

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby clothmama » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:19 am

Have updated original post with todays efforts!

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby emmavmorgan » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:00 am

@clothmama for ageing props I find a wash of instant coffee ( strong and black) gives a perfect colour and the best thing is if you get it to dark you can wash it off :wink:
Another nice effect is to paint a base coat in a sage green colour under your white top coat and then when both coats are dry sand the top coat back roughly.
Also have a look on the tinterweb for a tutorial on dry brush technique it's actually really easy.

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby clothmama » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:16 am

Thanks Emma, coffee is a fab idea! Can I still seal over it? Will have a nosey for some more techniques, didn't know that is what it was called, makes it easier to search!

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby Louise » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:22 am

I think it looks lovely. You could try chalk paint on the table as it gives a similar effect and is a bit easier. http://salvagedinspirations.com/best-ho ... t-recipes/

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Re: Shabby beachy revamps!

Postby clothmama » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:38 am

Thanks Louise I'd heard mention of chalk paint in my research and meant to find out more, that is perfect I think I'll try that next! What else have I got to practice on before hitting the furniture is the question!

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