Nov 28, 2011

how to distress wood and a furniture before and after

This past summer I spied an abandoned pallet in a nearby empty lot. I figured when the time was right, I'd pull it apart and make a Christmas sign with it. But, as luck would have it, when I was ready to get it, I lifted it up and there was a yellow jackets nest clinging to the underside. Drat.

Plan B involved another project I was wanting to try,  just not "free" for the materials like I'd hoped. :)


Pam from Our Adventures in Home Improvement shared this idea a while back and I was excited to try it out.  She does a great step by step tutorial.


First I purchased some pickets. Then, I soaked steel wool in apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and rubbed it on the boards. Within minutes I had what you see in the first photo!

So fun! Thanks for the inspiration Pam!
I agree that gloves are imperative for this project. The boards were also a bit stinky, but since I had a few days before the rest of assembly, they were able to air out.

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On another note, I never got to do a full before and after on the small hutch!
Here was the before when I got it in September. 

Dark brown, with faux wood grain. I'm not going to criticize the work- whoever did it really did an amazing job. I really thought it was just stained until I started working on it!  This one piece, solid maple hutch was so cute.  I could see it as a small bookcase or a really pretty linen cabinet in a bathroom.

It was missing a piece of glass and one of the pulls.
Tons of storage for a five foot piece of furniture.
Here's the after:

I did a two tone color using milk paint, using Snow White and Baby Blue.  
A little distressing and some Shabby Chic paper to back the cabinet.  The brass pulls also were repainted in an oil rubbed bronze.


I really tried to find pulls to replace the one that was missing, but ran out of time in my search before the show.  I ended up replacing with glass knobs.  They looked nice, but I was really in love with the star burst ones.
I wish I'd been able to get this hutch truly staged at some point, but this as good as you're going to get!


I was nervous about replacing the glass and dragged my feet on it.  In the end, it was really no big deal.  I won't be so intimidated to do it next time!

This cute little hutch got lots of interest at the Faire, but I ended up bringing it home.  But, over Thanksgiving weekend, it went home with a very nice lady who bought it via Craigslist.  
And she plans on using it as a linen cabinet for her bathroom!
:)

8 comments:

  1. WOW! I love the iceskate sign but I love the painted piece even more! What a sweet transformation. Well done!

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  2. I love the iceskates, too! Your hutch turned out really nice. Love the paint!

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  3. Vinegar, who knew?!

    That little white cupboard is going to add so much character in it's new home.

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  4. I love that winter sled you made! SO cute! I'm going to have to try that apple cider vinegar.

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  5. The vinegar finish is so pretty - never would have thought that it would do that!
    love the makeover on the hutch.
    Signed up to follow ya!
    Rhonda

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  6. the sled is adorable and so is the cabinet! love the sweet shape of t and the new backing! beautiful as always, denise!

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  7. Alot of nice projects you did here and my fave "wow" was the new background treatment to the hutch!

    THANKS for sharing :D

    Visiting from MMS linky party,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

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  8. that winter sign with the iceskates is super cute! my mom has a vintage sled that i'm going to try to use as winter decor, along these lines.

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