This bedroom set may actually be the best thing Ive ever work on. Super big call, yes I know- but not only is it absolutely stunning with the gorgeous turned legs, the casters, and the ornate detailing, it is also ridiculously easy-to-please. If it were anymore agreeable it would be a breakfast television personality.
I can't believe how easily it sanded (evenly) and how well it took the chalkpaint. Yes, there were some dings, yes there were some nicks, but when you are going for a distressed and rustic finish, hey, these things simply don't matter. In fact, all of those little bits weathering make the piece look authentic. I think she wears them like a badge of honor. Maybe that is why I love it so much. Perfectly imperfect.
I tossed around a few different colour options for this set, but in the end I went for something 'soft' that could blend into any decor and went for mint-green.
I kept the original hardware but I painted it an off-white to keep a 'soft' look - it did some of that amazing crackling that is so hard to mimic on the faux. Ive tried several different methods, but still I haven't mastered the crazing/crackling effect. I guess the trick is just to paint old hardware and it does it all on its own. Bottle that Martha.
I used Mixwax dark wax straight over the mint chalkpaint. Mixwax dark wax is so subtle that you can get away without clear wax first. I also did a medium amount of distressing to keep with a rustic cottage feel.
I did seal the top with polyacrylic before waxing. Just a personal choice, but I find that polyacrylic and its hard drying finish is a little more durable on well-used surfaces. I did topcoat the poly with some dark wax though.
This typewriter belongs to my darling mom 'Shazza Dazza'. I asked to borrow it, and of course she not only said yes, she also sat me down, put the kettle on, and spun the yarn about how her father bought it for her when she had to take 'typing class' in grade 9. Her teacher would walk around and 'wrap' students on the knuckles when they made mistakes. I had been laboring under the false assumption that it was something she had bought at a garage sale, so I was really happy to find out that it has a history in our family with stories to tell. It weighs an absolute tonne and it is beyond awkward to try to type on, I can just imagine ol' Shazza cursing both it and her teacher while gazing lovingly across the classroom at some local farm boy (yep, she was a farmer - LOTS of stories about that too!)
Ahhhh. Such a little beauty. If I hadn't just got that gorgeous spindle legged vanity I would be tempted to keep it.
The hardware, I didn't go for a total coverage - I wanted to keep the rustic vibe. You can see some of the crazing up the top.