{Before & After} Hot out of the Garage and available for sale!

Hi All! So happy to have at least one refinished piece to show you this week! Like so many of you, I am just itchin' for warmer days under the sun. It's been quite a long winter and I feel like Chelsea's Garage has been in a hibernation of sorts as far as furniture refinishing goes. Aside from the issues of frozen, crystallizing and crackling paint which have made refinishing chilly pieces a challenge, the majority of my attention has been called indoors with my babes. Coming up with new indoor activities to occupy my brood of energetic little ones has been a challenge I tell ya! But, Lord willing, soon are the days when we can all be outside together again, playing and painting.

So the piece I've got today, (and now available for sale), is one of my new favorites. If you're relatively new to my blog you should know that I'm always looking for versatile pieces to refinish. I love those pieces which can float around a home, moving from dining room buffet to bedroom dresser to living room media center. Versatility is what I look for to use in my own home, so that's what I typically feel compelled to offer to others. When I find a beautiful piece that is multi-functional, I feel like I'm getting that much more bang for my buck. And who doesn't want that?!

I refinished this beauty in Old White by Annie Sloan chalk Paint, and then gave the three drawers, (which open easily by a lower lip), two solid coats of Duck Egg Blue, (also by ASCP). I finished the drawers with a thin. dry-brushed coat of Old White and distressed along the edges with a medium grit sanding sponge. With previous pieces that I've painted this winter I've fixed and smoothed out the crackling before sealing. This piece, however, just became all the more beautiful in my eyes with the crackling, so I decided to let it be. The piece has been sealed in Minwax Polyurethane clear semi-gloss, so the crackling won't continue and chip away onto the floor. 

I'm completely enamored with chippy pieces and love what's going on with the sides of this one. It's so charming!

Before

After

48"L x 29.5"H x 19"D
SOLD

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

~Chelsea

This post was originally published on Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.

Duck Egg + gold casters

Hi friends! I absolutely adore the piece I'm showing you today; in fact, I was so excited to begin working on it that I completely neglected a before picture. Shame, shame. I wish I could say it won't happen again...

When I found this amazing coffee table, (originally a messy dark stain with lots of nicks and scratches), showing off it's gold capped casters, I felt a little challenge to make it something exciting. After sorting through various colors that are more classic and sophisticated in nature, I decided on Duck Egg by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - a rich aqua that is playful and fun, but elegant and classy when distressed and paired with gold.

SOLD

The low-down:
-Cleaned the piece using a damp cloth
-Blue taped each gold cap to protect from paint
-Applied 2 even coats of Duck Egg by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using a 3" brush
-Distressed every corner and edge with a medium sanding block
-**Sealed using Minwax Polyurethane clear semi-gloss

**I wanted this piece to really shine. Traditionally, chalk paint is sealed with soft clear wax, which works beautifully to protect pieces. However, you  to will end up with a fairly matte finish, even after buffing. I love the matte finish, but every once in a blue moon I want to give a piece some real shine. If you want a shinier, glossier finish, there is nothing wrong with applying a clear gloss sealer over a chalk painted piece. If you are using a lighter color, just be sure you choose a water based gloss sealer, rather than oil based, which can result in yellowing the finish. Water based gloss sealers will keep your white pieces white. I've sealed chalk painted pieces in Minwax Polyurethane clear semi-gloss only a handful of times, but it has worked out really well each time I've tried it.

Thank you for stopping by! 

~Chelsea

This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.