|I'd already started sanding, but it looked pretty bad!|
Usually when I find some awesome piece of vintage goodness I either clean it up and leave it in its vintage original glory or I strip it down to its naughty bits and give it a few coats of walnut stain as I've done to several antique chairs and an old dresser that I absolutely adore. This time I wanted to do something different. I have a collection of distressed looking photo frames and I thought it would be pretty cool to have the shelf look similar.
I convinced the little shelf that chicks dig scars and it could flirt with the photo frames when I was done. Ok I don't actually talk to my furniture, I'm not that much of a freak. I found a great tutorial on distressing painted furniture on Pinterest and went to work! I bought a new sanding block since mine are trashed and some craft paint in brown for the undercoat and a warm cream for the top coat. I already had steel wool (ended up not using), regular sand paper (to get the surface ready since it wasn't unfinished wood), sponge brushes, and a can of walnut stain (actually I have bunch of cans, I don't know why).
|I was so eager that I forgot to take in between photos! Oops!|
|The cutouts in the sides are just nifty!|