What a lovely way to beautify your attic! Come see this "simple" table by Rachel from Maison de Pax .
Hello Country Chic Paint-ers! It's Rachel again from Maison de Pax, and I'm so glad to be back. With baby #3 on the way in mere weeks, I'm looking for a little simplicity in my life...and my new attic space and this little table are helping me fill that need.
Appropriately (and as you probably guessed), I used Country Chic's Simplicity on this piece. The piece began a very simple pine nightstand - nothing glamorous, though beautiful in its own understated way. I painted the wood (which was water stained and sad) almost seven years ago with a soft green and significant distressing and glazing, all finished with a polyurethane. It served me well for some time, but I was definitely ready for a change.
I was a little disappointed to discover that it took three coats to fully cover the green and brown (though I shouldn't have been surprised given the color difference - I have just been so spoiled by Country Chic's other colors that cover so well!), but it was worth every bit.
Once painted, the edges distressed beautifully and easily with 60 grit sandpaper. I had intended to use some antique wax, too, but once I saw the pure white against the dark brown, chipped edges, I knew I was done.
I followed with a very light sanding by hand (using 320 grit paper) to smooth the rough edges I had created when distressing and remove any stray brush strokes.
A coat of clear wax was all it needed to bring out the richness of the distressing and the simplicity of the white.
And the smooth white surface contrasts so well with the texture of the whitewashed planks.
The three coats may have felt a little laborious (though, let's be honest, since each coat only took 15-20 minutes, I can't complain too much!), but the final product makes it all worth it. Don't you agree?
I'm Rachel from Maison de Pax, and I am so honored to be a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad. At Maison de Pax, we are working to renovate, redecorate, and rejuvenate our 1940 colonial to be a place where peace can be found; feel free to tour our home if you'd like. Our most recent focus has been our attic renovation, but for years I have loved to make over old file cabinets, paint mason jars, and create my own decor on a budget. With Country Chic Paint, I've already created a chippy side table, painted a "sunbleached" look, and gilded a frame... I love the endless possibilities!
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