Simplicity: a table makeover {guest post}

April 12, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A coat of clear wax was all it needed to bring out the richness of the distressing and the simplicity of the white.

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And the smooth white surface contrasts so well with the texture of the whitewashed planks.

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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?

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Rachel {Maison de Pax}

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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