Hi everyone! If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll be familiar with my “paint process.” I’ve mentioned it a number of times in the past, and I just finished two more small projects that I thought I’d share with you: a bread board and a pedestal stand.
Here are the materials I use to get the look I want: steel wool, sand paper, foam brushes, letter stamps or stencils, acrylic craft paint, furniture wax, and dark stain (optional). Often people think you need special paint to do projects like these, but you don’t. Craft paint works great. In fact, I often use it on furniture as well, especially if I’ve managed to buy the paint on sale or for cheap at a garage sale. Some of the benefits of acrylic paint include: it’s convenient because we often have it on hand, it’s manageable because it comes in small containers with small openings, and it makes smaller messes because of the small size.
I bought this 70s era bread board at Goodwill for 50 cents. I knew right away that I wanted to paint it and add the work “eat.” Before painting, it’s always a good idea to roughen up your surface with a light sanding. This is called giving your surface “tooth,” a surface that will hold the paint.
If you use chalk paint, many times you don’t need to sand (though you can’t rely on this every time–every surface is different). Homemade Chalkpaint: Add 1 teaspoon or less of cornstarch or unsanded grout to a 2 oz bottle of craft paint, mix and apply.
Here’s another look at the distressing.
Next up, the pedestal stand. It also received two coats of craft paint, after a light sanding. This photo shows the stand after the first coat of paint.
This piece has an interesting metal surface; I think it was designed to be a candle holder.
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