i blog for fun..and mostly about painting furniture. so when one of my 3 readers asks for technique tips, i’m humbled and sort of freaked out. i’m by no means an expert. i just sneak moments after the kids are asleep to paint stuff i find on the side of the road.
with kids, i’ve come to love the Restoration Hardware distressed and rustic finish b/c the abuse Hot Wheels and Legos have on the furniture is to only make it look better! so i’ve taught myself how to replicate the look with chalk paint.
what’s shocking is this horrible picture of my zero to hero coffee table is pinned and repinned off my site more than anything. why? i don’t know. the photo isn’t fancy. so much for all the photo editing i do! 🙂
i always respond to questions sent my way. i rarely hear back…and in this one instance, i was stoked to see the results! look at how RAD this turned out!
Josh wrote me from Philly and said he was building a keezer (keg out of a freezer) but wanted it to look like Restoration Hardware on the outside.
then he did a Graphite wash over the pieces, then immediately wiping off. you can make a wash by adding a lot of water to the paint so that it becomes watery and translucent rather than opaque once applied.
there was a question about how to seal the piece. i’ve found that Annie Sloan’s wax doesn’t hold up too well with pieces that get wet a lot. given that this is a keg, i recommended Josh use a varnish.
i’ve REALLY fallen in love with Modern Masters’ Dead Flat Varnish and have used it on a dining table (3 coats) which seems to be holding up very nicely. it’s also used on our entertainment center and has held up beautifully for 3 years. the finish is completely flat, but smooth and silky. looks like a pro painted it!
and check out how cool this final product is! a freezer keg with a Restoration Hardware finish and chalkboard top to easily communicate to friends which beer is being served. congrats, Josh! so proud of this amazing work!!!