Monday, January 28, 2013

My First Attempt @ Shabby Chic

Soooo I'm, like, in love with shabby chic.  You couldn't tell it by my house because I have nothing that is shabby chic.  Shabby, yes.  Chic, notsomuch.  Now, I've refinished furniture before but it's not like I'm a pro or anything...far from it.  I've only refinished two things - a hope chest and also a double-size bed.  The double-size bed I refinished with my grandpa - something I will always cherish.


So when I saw these two nightstands at a friend's yard sale, I saw my first shabby chic project.  They screamed white and turquoise to me.  They said, Shelley, take us home and try to make us pretty.  So that's what I did - I tried my very best.  Trial and error, trial and error. 


I watched a couple of videos online and learned how to use Vaseline to give the paint a chippy look.  First I sanded the nightstands.  Then I painted both pieces with turquoise paint.  Then I put Vaseline in different spots on the nightstands.  And then spray painted them with a gloss white.  Then I went back and wiped off the Vaseline and, wallah, spots of turquoise appeared.  That process worked great.  What wasn't so great was how I applied the Vaseline.  The nightstands came out polka dotted looking, almost like a cow print - not the look I was going for.

I went around the edges with a sanding block hoping that would make them look better.  It helped a little bit but not a lot.  I wound up taping over the edges that I had sanded and then spray painted the nightstands again with the white, to cover up the polka dotted cow mess that I had created. I then stenciled on a few designs and put on some new knobs and called them good.


Are they perfect?

Not by a longshot.


But I think they turned out pretty dang cute.

I also painted this child's rocking chair.  You can kind of tell what I meant about the turquoise looking like a cow print - I didn't go back over this with more spray paint, just added the hot pink polka dots.

If you like the looks of these, they're for sale at the Vineyard's Antique Mall in Colleyville, booth Italy 13.
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