Some days I feel terribly inadequate when I look around the blog-o-sphere at some of the amazing talent out there. It is mind boggling how in this day and age we can literally peek into the studios and homes of people and see what they have created. It is even sweeter when they are the type of people to share the hows and whys of their projects in order to encourage us to give it a whirl. Shelly of Shizzle Design is one of those great people who shares, and let me tell you there is no fear in Shelly! If you haven't visited her blog go there right after you read this so you can see her amazing furniture. She also lived in Hawaii, which definitely endears her to me since we did also and I love it when she throws in a Hawaiian phrase or two. So when you visit say, 'Aloha!'
Shelly worked some awesome magic on a beautiful cabinet and I was so intrigued by her technique I just had to try it out. Here is my poor attempt to copy her technique. Her finished product is so much more fantastic than mine, but I'll show you what I ended up with.
This was a plain Jane Octagon side table when we started. The drawer insets were cheap, thin fiber wood and they were broken. I replace them with some sprayed decorative metal I had salvaged from another broken piece. You'll think I'm insane when you see what it looked like with the first coat applied.
Yep, the undercoat is a bunch of fun little colors. I worked with Versailles, Aubusson, Duck Egg, Primer Red and Graphite in Annie Sloan paints, Amber Waves of Grain and Rushmore in American Paint Company, and some Alaskan Tundra Green in CeCe Caldwell paints. All are no prime chalk, clay or mineral based paints. Love them. Slap them on haphazardly, that is a true painting technique don't you know?! I used the Rushmore in 2 light coats over the top, though I might have been able to get away with 1.
Using a combination of light sanding and wet distressing (mostly wet distressing) I gradually exposed some of the underlying paints. Shelly's tutorial shows you in great detail how she does this. Check it out!
On the top I dry brushed more Rushmore on top of the Graphite. I dry brushed in both directions and then went back and sanded and wet distressed until I was happy with the results. I used American Paint Company's dark wax to finish her off. Here are a few more looks at the project.
Shelly for being so generous with her amazing skills!
A Hui Ho!