Duck Egg Blue Love

It's my favorite kind of day here at Pretty Distressed- a reveal day. I recently got to refinish this roll top desk and was totally grateful that my client let me come shoot it in her home.

duck egg blue

I have been wanting to refinish a desk for a long time, and I literally jumped for joy when she selected Duck Egg Blue (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®) as her color. I have done accent pieces in this color all over my house, but have never been brave enough to paint an entire piece with it. I used Old White on the back of the desk to provide a little contrast and didn't wax it so it has a nice chalky look. The hardware was also painted with Old White and finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
pretty distressed

She is a girl after my own heart and really let me distress the tar out of this thing. I also used a lot of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to antique it even farther. I shot this piece in its new home, an amazing three season porch off their kitchen with tons of windows and natural light. The thing that got me most excited is how well the Duck Egg Blue looks against the rust colored concrete floor. Gorge!

annie sloan roll top desk
I am very excited to add this beauty to my portfolio and am thinking I need to find a piece to paint Duck Egg Blue for my home. How about you? Would you be brave enough? If you have doubts, I hope this piece puts them at ease.

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Applying Annie Sloan® Soft Wax with a Lint Free Cloth

I have been busy working on some client pieces this past week and was inspired to share another video tutorial with you. People always ask me if you need to get a wax brush to wax your furniture, and the answer is "no." In fact, I think most newbies out there will find it a little easier to apply wax for the first time with a lint free cloth versus a wax brush.

I have been doing this for a while now, and I use both. I like a wax brush for really detailed pieces and chairs, but I like to use a rag for large flat surfaces like on a dresser. So if you are thinking about tackling your first piece, try the cloth application and save your money for a wax brush if you really get into painting furniture like me.
If you need more tips on painting furniture, you can check out my Video Tutorial tab to see my library of videos.

I hope you are enjoying my tutorials. Have a question? Make sure to shoot me a line if there is anything you want to see that I haven't covered yet. Check back for some fun reveals coming soon.

Another Man's Trash...Screen Upcycle

You know how they say another's man's trash is another man's treasure? Well this was certainly the case in my most recent upcyle project. I spotted a screen in the corner of my mother's garage on our recent vacation to Nashville, and knew I had to have it.

shutters on wall

They already had a nice crackle patina I just wasn't a fan of the color or the flowers. I thought they would look a lot like outdoor shutters once I pulled them apart and painted them. I had seen this look on a post from Blue Egg Brown Nest and figured they would look great in the empty space above my recently refinished Goodwill dresser.

chalk paint

 I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue which is one of my favorite colors ever. Unlike a typical piece of furniture, these won't get a lot of wear and tear so I decided not to use any wax on them. I also think the chalky finish makes them look more like shutters that came off a house. My dear husband was kind enough to install some hardware on the back of them and get them up on the wall for me.

chalk paint makeover

chalk paint dresser shutters

I am so happy with how this turned out. I had been shopping for a mirror to go over this dresser, but this is a hundred times better. And the best part- a lot cheaper. Thanks Mom for your "trash."

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