This is what they looked like before I got my hands on them.
I knew I wanted them to be a pop of color in our bedroom. We had already used purple for our Goodwill retro bookshelf so I thought green would be great. I chose Grape Leaves by BEHR from Home Depot. It's a shade of green that is in the same green family as our comforter without being too matchy-matchy.
Because I despise sanding I used my boyfriend, Zinsser Primer.
Using a high density foam roller, I applied two coats of paint.
I wanted the dressers to be painted without looking painted. I used my Martha Stewart metallic glaze to give the piece a distressed look. Using a brush, I applied a layer of the metallic glaze to a small portion of the table.
Then I used a cloth diaper (a cotton t-shirt would work well too) and wiped off the excess. Remember that you can always add more distressing but it's really hard to un-distress a piece! For an even more distressed look you can use sandpaper on the edges and corners before using the glaze.
Once I had the distressing at the level I wanted I used Annie Sloan wax (the same wax used on our barstools) to protect the tables. Not only did I want them to be beautiful, which they are, but I don't want to be afraid to use them. Annie's wax fulfills both goals. I won't have to be worried that the tables will be scratched by a cell phone or ruined by a water glass without a coaster. Thanks Annie! You rock!
They are the perfect addition to our bedroom. A nice pop of color without being too overwhelming.
Total cost for BOTH tables: $35 (this does not include the glaze or wax that I already had. I used about 2 tablespoons of each. A little goes a LONG way!)
I ♥ Goodwill!
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