Distressed Delights!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hey guys, hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th holiday as much as I did! Nothing is better than spending time with the family which is what we enjoy doing for the holidays! One of our favorite past times is getting together and cooking some yummy dishes while hanging out and taking in the gorgeous country views (we always have such beautiful skies out here) while the kiddies get to run around outside and play. Since we live out in the “country” as some might call it, we have the luxury of popping fireworks as often as we desire, so it’s been a tradition of ours every year and the guys in the family do a fabulous job of putting on a pretty decent show for us! The kids just love it! It’s times like these that really remind us how lucky we are to live in a country with all the freedoms that we have and treasure and how the many brave men and woman have fought for years to keep it that way. To them, we give our thanks and we appreciate everything you do for us!

Even though I tried to put work aside a bit to spend some quality time with the family, I did manage to get some work finished on a few projects! One of the projects I completed is this gorgeous rustic table with matching chairs! I wanted to do a really distressed look on this table so I decided to do a two toned effect to give the look of years of worn paint layers showing through. I started out with a coat of one color (Old White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and then layered a second color (French Linen from ASCP) on top. Once my paint dried, I went ahead and distressed the table.

I painted the chairs in French Linen and then distressed them as well. I reupholstered all the seats with this beautiful linen fabric in a color called Oatmeal. I absolutely L-O-V-E this fabric!! The color has so many different variations in it which give it great depth! I love it so much that I’ve decided to use it to make some new drapes for my home as well. I love the look of linen and after ordering several different swatches from various vendors, I fell in love with this one and decided it would be my go to fabric for a great neutral! I know I’m rambling a bit about fabric now, but when I find a fabric that I love I tend to get a little excited! And there are sooooo many beautiful fabrics out there!! I could probably write a whole blog just about fabric, but wait let me get back on track here! So yes, the table and chairs turned out absolutely phenomenal with a rustic, distressed look that I go gaga for!

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  1. Great job on the table and chairs! I have chairs similar to these that I want to paint but my husband is having a fit about it!

  2. I painted two of my dining chairs the same color and used the same linen. Looks great.

  3. Thanks Kim! I do LOVE some linen 🙂

  4. Great table and chairs and the finish looks lovely. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party – Inspire Me. – –http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/07/172nd-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  5. Thanks Marty! I will definitely check out your party 🙂

  6. You achieved a beautiful finish on this set. Love it!

  7. What a gorgeous job you did – I love French linen – but the way you layered it and distressed it is just sheer perfection – LOVE this set!

    • Thanks for the comment Suzan! Sorry I'm a little late on the reply but better late than never right? I was very happy with the finish on this table…and french linen is such a great color 🙂

  8. did you just use wax on top since it's heavily used area?? how many coats? also, do you sand with fine grit after to give it a smoother sheen?

    • I have different methods for different pieces but on this particular table set, I believe I used two coats of wax allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. I don't think I've ever done more than two coats of wax on a piece! If you are worried about durability, you can go with a poly, but you won't get the hand rubbed look unless you use an oil based rub on poly, in which case, it may discolor your paint (giving it a yellowish tint) so I would only suggest using it on a stained top that is not painted. As for the sand paper, it just depends on what look I'm trying to achieve. I sometimes use a fine grit for finishing but other times, I like a rougher look with more texture. I hope this helps!!

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