This post was written by DeDe from Designed Decor. She's one of our 2014 Blog Squad bloggers and we are excited to share her first project on the blog today!
I want to share how I transformed these old antique furniture pieces using Country Chic Paint in colors Vanilla Frosting, Tropical Cocktail and Backyard Picnic. Those names are enough to make one hungry while they are painting.
Make sure to clean each piece thoroughly before applying any paint. As you can see both were pretty dirty. I started by painting the base with 2 coats of vanilla frosting. (allowing to dry between coats)
Once the base coat was completely dry, I lightly sanded the shelf down to get a really shabby vintage look. The great thing about this technique is there is no right or wrong way. Sand until you achieve the desired stressed look. If you sand too much, just apply the paint and sand again after that area is dry.
I then applied the backyard picnic to the inside shelving and applied the tropical cocktail to the feet and the adjustable shelves. I also sanded the inside to achieve the shabby look. The antique shelf was missing one of the adjustable pieces, so I did have to cut and stain a piece to match to the original shelf.
Since the wood was looking dull, I used Restore a Finish on the unpainted wood.
I applied a coat of clear wax to give the pieces protection and the wax gives the paint a richness.
DeDe is a wife, mother and artist who loves to create, repurpose and decorate. I am a self-taught artist and decorator, who finds inspiration from my life experiences. On my blog, you will find stories about my handmade items, decorating, baking, organizing, home projects and just plain living. I truly love what I do and I love to share my creativity and passions with those around me. I can see an old thrown away item and find a new and useful purpose.