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  • There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!

    End Table Distressed with a ChainI’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea.  It just didn’t seem right!

    Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible.  Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.

    How I did it

    Lime Green Queen Ann End Table - Before and After from Facelift FurnitureSo I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot.  Then I pondered which piece would by my victim.  The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.

    I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece.  What made me do it was the potential of what could be.  Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.

    Sylish Dings

    Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint.  Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop!  When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish.  It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!

     

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    Green Octogon End TableA great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.

    This octogon end table is a great example.  It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order.  It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.

    The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!

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