This piece was a steal at a recent garage sale. I was immediately drawn to the herringbone pattern of the wood on top and the brass-plated corners. The table was in pretty good condition to begin with, but I knew some fresh paint would do her good.
I started painting her impulsively, trying my hand at my newly-purchased Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (MMSMP). Like my try with it on my desk, it failed. Don’t worry though, I will try again. Dying for that chippy look.
Sorry for the rabbit-trail. So, I started painting impulsively and so I don’t have a before picture, I apologize. After two coats of MMSMP in Ironstone (a warm white), it was obvious this wasn’t going to work. The paint did provide some coverage, but it looked… funny. Spotty. Drippy. Blah. It wasn’t chipping at all. So, I decided to paint over with a coat of ASCP Paris Grey.
After the Paris Grey dried I decided to try a new technique to distress the piece. Now, let’s be honest. Sanding makes a mess. And you (I) don’t always have the best control over what is happening. But really it’s about the mess. And minimizing the cost of buying sanding sponges. I read online a few months ago here about how to wet distress. This piece was the perfect opportunity to try it out!
Instead of using a sponge, I used a shop cloth. The key to this cloth is that it’s not super soft like a t-shirt rag. Texture is vital. I wet the towel, and wrung it out, leaving it just more than damp.
After working on the piece I realized the best way is the wipe the cloth over a large section to start softening the paint, and then work in smaller, focused areas. Rubbing will start to remove paint, which exposed the Ironstone underneath and eventually the dark wood.
I worked this way all over the piece, and was very pleased with how I was able to maintain control over the distressing. This was especially important for the top of the table- the herringbone pattern. My goal was to accentuate the pattern by distressing around all the edges. Of course, I also lightly distressed throughout the top. Lovely!
I loved this technique! It required less supplies (I use a lot of sanding sponges) and made no mess. I distressed in my bedroom on the carpet without worries. It was that fabulous.
She turned out awesome and I couldn’t wait to show her off! She took the place of our old console table in the hallway, which will get a makeover as well!
What do you think? Have you tried this technique before?
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