Well I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from my furniture painting venture the past couple months. Something about the fall and the darker days makes me sleepy and lazy. So, so lazy. This piece, though, was so small that I figured surely I could muster up the energy to redo it. It’s really serving no purpose in our house other than to clutter our office, which we recently transformed from a storage facility back into a functional room. Rather than putting it back in the office and starting the cluttering process all over again, I figured it needed to find a new life and eventually a new home.
I bought it last summer at a garage sale for $3, thinking it could go on our deck. Alas, we currently do not have a deck, merely the disassembled pieces of one. Yet another reason for it to go.
First I lightly sanded the entire thing. Even though I planned to paint it with my DIY chalk paint (supposedly no sanding is required with chalk paint), I just couldn’t help myself. Doesn’t hurt to sand. Then I painted it with two coats of a turquoise chalk paint, taped lines, and painted another 2 coats of a light cream chalk paint to create this checkered pattern.
I painted it with a brush rather than a roller or my HVLP paint sprayer. I wanted the table to look distressed and worn, so I planned to glaze the entire thing. Glazing can be done on a really ornate piece to make the details pop, or simply applied over the entire surface of a piece to give it a subtle, antiqued look. But if the finish is too smooth, you end up wiping off all the glaze.
Before it was glazed, it just looked a little too crisp and clean. I lightly sanded it with a fine grit sanding block to remove the ridges around the painter’s tape and to distress some of the corners and edges.
Then I glazed the whole thing. I use Valspar’s Clear Mixing Glaze. It’s not super cheap, but it lasts forever! You can add your own paint or stain to the glaze to create custom colors. In this case I just added satin black latex paint. I think the ratio is like 1 part paint to 6 or 7 parts glaze, but really you can do more or less depending on the look you’re going for.
I prefer to work in small sections so it doesn’t get sticky before I can wipe it off. I apply it using a cheap natural bristle brush, wait about 30 seconds, and then wipe it off using a clean rag.
Here’s what it looks like before glaze.
And after. It not only stays in the grooves of the furniture, but also in the brush strokes. It tints the entire surface of the paint just a tad, too, since chalk paint is slightly porous.
Here’s an up close to see how the glazing brings out the details of the brush strokes. In my opinion it adds a lot of character and “age.” If that’s a look you like, I think glazing is one of the easiest ways to achieve it. Waxing with a tinted wax has a similar, more dramatic effect, but in my humble opinion, it’s much more difficult to work with. They both have their place, but I think I prefer glaze.
The change is subtle, but it makes a big difference. Here’s before glaze.
It tones down the brightness of both colors and adds so much character.
Oh, look at it next to my wonderful new curtains in our guest bedroom!! Haha, I love them. I will take advantage of any excuse to post more pictures of them. 🙂
But back to business. I love how the distressing turned out. It’s subtle and random enough that I think it looks very naturally aged…which is what I was going for.
Just remember with glazing, if you get too much you can easily wipe some or all of it off with a damp rag. This also means you should only clean it using a dry rag (and gently!) for up to a month unless you want to undo your hard work!