Have you ever had about an hour to kill??

Free time is one of those things that is like gold in my home. Ever since my mini-me has started going to preschool 3 days a week, I’ve found that I have a lot more time to myself (which is not often, because usually when she’s in school, I’m consumed with errands and laundry or cleaning!). This particular day, it was like all the stars had aligned and I had leftovers in the fridge, laundry was folded and put away, my floors were swept and mopped and I really didn’t have much to do. I went digging into my garage and pulled out something to do.

Meet “Dusty” the night stand.

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I picked her up at a thrift store a few months ago for probably around $5. At one point, I’m sure she looked beautiful, but then some idiot came along and spray painted her all black. Since I didn’t really have a plan or any inspiration, I dug around in my paint stash and pulled out a couple of different chalk paint colors. One of which I just LOVE and can’t wait to use on another piece someday (Americana DecoArt Chalk Paint – Refreshing).

Here’s what I used:

Americana DecoArt Chalk Paint – Refreshing & Lace

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I had to get rid of the horrid black on this table, so I started off with two rough coats of “lace” chalk paint. The next step happened purely by accident but I really liked how it looked so I went with it. I had just washed my brush, and was getting ready to use (my favorite color!) “refreshing” I started applying a some strokes and noticed the paint was diluted from water residue after washing my brush. I put some water in a bowl and as I dipped my brush into the paint, I doubled dipped into the water. I applied rough brush strokes over the whole table. Here’s how it looked pre soft wax.

 

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After some light distressing to bring out a little of the previous black color. Per Annie Sloan recommendations, I decided not to apply a coat of clear soft wax before distressing (mostly because it was getting close to 90 degrees outside!) This was turning into a trial and error piece anyway!

 

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Next I added a spoonful of the Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax on a plate. I started mixing it together with my wax brush.

 

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Here’s how I applied it. If you’ve ever used Annie Sloan Dark Wax before, you will notice that mixing it with the clear wax gives a much more subtle look.

 

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After rubbing off the excess dark wax with some fine steel wool, here’s the final product!

 

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LOVE IT!!! Although, I have no space in my tiny home for this one. On to the next project!

 

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