1 - Wood Project
3-5 Different Paint Colors
Clear Top Coat
120 Grit Sandpaper
Choosing a Project to Paint
Choose a piece of furniture with lots of different boards and planking. Notice how this piece is a planked top. The more different boards you have, the more opportunities you have to paint different colors and finishes. You can build my Farmhouse Bedside Table with these step by step plans.
Finding the Right Paint Colors and Types
If I had to do this finish again, I'd pull colors from the room, for example, this quilt, and use those colors for the finish.
Painting Board by Board
Then just start painting, painting the entire board as if you reclaimed each board individually. You can either make a plan and stick with it, or just paint random boards.
I thought of painting board types each color, for example, all the 2x2s would be white, the 1x6s would be blue, the 1x12 green and so on. But really, it's up to you and what you want.
Perfectionist Need Not Apply . . . Paint that Is
It's Okay to Make Mistakes
And here's where I thought bright green would work . . . but again, my mistakes are going to save you time.
The Hardest Step . . . Waiting for Paint to Dry
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.
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.
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."
This process is very easy and quick - don't be intimidated.
What Happens if You Hate It?
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.
More Layers = More Character
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.