Step 5 Instructions:
<h1>It's Okay to Make Mistakes</h1><div><br></div>And here's where I thought bright green would work . . . but again, my mistakes are going to save you time.
Step 6 Instructions:
<h1>The Hardest Step . . . Waiting for Paint to Dry </h1><div><br></div><div>And then I set it all out to dry in the wind. The dark green paint is actually acrylic paint, and it worked great! If you want a specialized color, but only a tiny bit, this could be a great money saving alternative to mixing a whole can of paint.
This step was truly the hardest step. And one of the most important. You have to wait the full 24 hours (as directed on the paint cans) for the paint to fully dry.
If you are not using gloss paints (semi gloss or high gloss or anything that is non porous when dry) you will want to apply a clear top coat to protect your paint from picking up the glaze.</div>
Step 7 Instructions:
<h1>Distressing</h1><div><br></div>When you are sure the entire project is dry, begin distressing the finish. Make sure the paint comes off even, like the finish is time worn. If your paint is not dry, it will come off in clumps, not resembling natural wear.
Distress to the point that you like, avoid over distressing. Concentrate on spots that would be more susceptible to natural wear, most likely edges.
Notice that despite my bedside table being a walnut stain, the sander takes the wood down to the natural wood. We are going to need a glaze to stain the wood.
Step 8 Instructions:
<h1>Easy Glazing</h1><div><br></div>Once you are happy with the distressing, apply a glaze (you can either use the specialty stuff or I've used Minwax Express Colors with success to save money) to the exposed wood. The glaze will stain the wood and deposit itself into wood joints, creating the ever so coveted "hand glazed finish." <div><br></div><div> You then wipe off excess glaze with a damp cloth.
This process is very easy and quick - don't be intimidated.</div>
Step 9 Instructions:
<h1>What Happens if You Hate It?</h1><div><br></div>But after all that work . . . I just did not like the results of my hard labor. No worries though, the beauty of this finish is in layers of color, so I just picked out what I did not like (the green and bright green) and replaced it with what I did like (the blue and white), followed with distressing and glazing.
Step 10 Instructions:
<h1>More Layers = More Character</h1><div><br></div>You can see the green showing through in the left door face where I added a coat of turquoise. This was of course followed by distressing and glazing.
<h1>High Wear Areas</h1><div><br></div><div>I applied extra distressing around high wear areas.</div>
<h1>Protecting Your Finish</h1><div><br></div><div>And then at the end, I applied a clear coat of poly to protect my hard work.</div>
<h1>Before and After</h1><div><br></div><div>Here they are side by side, the exact same Farmhouse Bedside Table, the original with a simple stain, and how it looks today with layers of leftover paint and distressing.</div><div><br></div><div>What's your vote?</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>