Thursday, August 30, 2012

Distressed and Glazed Gray Side Table

If you've been here before, you know that the words "lightly" and "distressed" almost always go together. And I usually distress with a sanding sponge. I love them so much I buy them in the contractor packs. But this cute little side table comes from Megan and she is much braver than I am when it comes to distressing.


This is one of those pieces that sat in my garage for a very long time. I actually love the size and shape, it just never made it to the top of my things to work on list. Megan asked what I wanted to do with it. I told her she could do whatever she wanted with it.


After sanding and scrubbing and rooting through my paint colors, Megan decided to go with two shades of gray mixed with the chalk paint recipe. The body is a lighter shade called French Silver and the drawer is a darker shade called Dark Pewter, both Behr paint and primer in one.


And no, Megan did not go with a "light" sanding. She broke out the electric sander and gave it a nice distressed look. It actually has the chippy look you often see with milk paint.

 
 
 
 
 
 
After distressing, Megan mixed a little of the darker paint color with some Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze and went over the light gray color to give it a little more depth. She just brushed it on with a sponge brush and wiped it "lightly" (I knew I could use that word somewhere) with a soft cloth.
 

The secret to perfect glazing is to have a wet and dry cloth ready. Start with the dry and if you are not happy, wipe it off with the wet cloth and try again - it's foolproof!


And there you have it it - a cute little distressed and glazed side table. Thanks for rescuing this one Megan. I love the look and promise to give the more distressed look a try!


We've decided that here at Elizabeth & Co., we each have a very individual look. Many of our customers recognize our work without even looking at the tag. So what do you think, do you have a signature look?
 
I'm linking to...
Primitive and Proper Our Delightful Home Mod Vintage Life
Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Furniture Feature Fridays Photobucket Tickled Pink at 504 Main
 
 
 
  
 

31 comments:

Anne said...

What a great transformation! Love the color and the technique!
xx
Anne

Allison@FabRehab said...

What an adorable table!! The finish makes it pop!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the two tones and love the shape of this table! great job, megan!

NanaDiana said...

Very cute. I'm with you- I do light distressing with a sponge sander. It is just what I am comfortable with- but this little table is just darling! xo Diana

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Megan did a great job on that one. I love the two tones and the distressing.

Honey at 2805 said...

Very pretty! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

I am lovin' the gray! Tell Megan "nice job!"

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Great job, Megan!! I love the distressing.

Wild Oak Designs said...

Good job!!
wonderful, thanks!
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Laurel Stephens said...

What a great photo of Megan applying the glaze on this table. It really shows the difference between glazed and unglazed perfectly. (I love before and afters.)

my happy bluebird said...

Lovely job! Thanks for sharing :-)

Leslie Harris said...

I've been looking for a soft gray color for an armoire of mine. This was a perfert post for me. Tell Megan she's a dream-boat. I love her projects.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

MONICA LIVAS said...

Beautiful piece and great job! LOVE it!

Ali Richardson said...

Pretty!! She did a great job. I don't think I work on enough furniture to have a signature look.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

great job Megan! Love the color. Signature look? nah, but signature projects--benches. ha!
have a great weekend y'all!
gail

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Fab makeover. Great colors, and a nice tutorial.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the look to this, Sharon! Especially loving the drawer!

Terry Moore said...

Lovely table.

Shelly Andrade said...

I love the distressing on this too, especially the wood showing through on the drawer. It's funny, I started out painting furniture one year ago and it's so true what you say; everyone does truly have their own technique. Sometimes my jaw just drops when I see something painted by someone else in the same colors. Waxing especially makes a huge difference in how a piece turns out which makes it fun to see everyone's unique creativity. Glad I found your site! Have a Great weekend!!

Geri O said...

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Kei said...

Wow that looks really gorgeous! Lovely transformation!

The Thrifty Challenge said...

This looks fantastic. I love the distressed look and it looks like you have mastered the technique. Perfect little side table.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love the shape of that table! The shelf on the bottom is neat. Very pretty re-do:@)

suzyq said...

What a pretty table - great job distressing!!!
XOX

Angela LeMire said...

The light gray drawer makes it so wonderful! I haven't used a sponge sander, must pick one up tomorrow.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a pretty little table! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Mod Vintage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Jeannie-JB said...

Your table turned out beautiful! Thanks for showing me the technique. I've pinned it so I can reference it and learn how to use a glaze.

Mary said...

What a wonderful transformation and adorable table~ love the distressing! I need to mix up some chalk paint!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Sharon: What a beautiful grey distress little table that Megan created. The two colors are lovely, and I really appreciated your tip for using glaze with a wet and dry rag handy.

Stacey said...

I love the table..I wanted to tell you I tried your chalk paint recipe & also the glaze this weekend & I absolutely love my finished product! You inspire me:)

Stacey said...

I love the table..I wanted to tell you I tried your chalk paint recipe & also the glaze this weekend & I absolutely love my finished product! You inspire me:)