After an hour and a half of painting and drying, with a cuppa throw in at the very reasonable price of 50p, we then watched a demo in how to distress, wax and varnish our pieces of furniture. Armed with sandpaper, after painting for 1 and half hours we then sanded it off, as my Ma observantly pointed out. However this is how you achieve the ‘shabby’ look. Waxing basically adds moisture into the paint and wood and takes away the chalky residue. The varnishing creates that all important water resistant layer to protect your item. Personally I was rather reserved with distressing my table because I didn’t want it to end up looking like it needed upcycling again, as so many ‘shabby chic’ pieces are in danger of looking. I did use the distressing to good effect though, bringing out the lines and curves of the table.
I refrained from varnishing because Ma and I have signed up for the DIY Shabby Chic Workshop 2 “Paint Effects & Finishing Techniques”, learning how to decoupage, add gold leaf and crackle glaze. Looks like I’ve found another upcycling craft to become obsessed with and I’m really looking forward to letting myself go with a bit of the ol’ decoupage.
Thankfully the kids survived their 3 hours with the hubby on a Saturday afternoon. All I need to do now is get another pass and convince the hubby to look after the offspring in a couple of weeks time. Better bring out that Jamie Oliver cookbook so I can get stuck in with cooking a meal and earning that pass for the second installment of this creative retreat. :)