Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bend it like Martha!

People I swear I am turning into the terrifying love child of Martha Stewart and Kirsty Allsop.
Yes, I have discovered Vintage Decor Paint, distressing and decoupage. All at once. It's a wonder I haven't been transported to Henley on Thames.
But oh, it is FUN!! All this time I have been disdaining all this nonsense for being too middle class. But I did a quiz via Facebook called, "How Posh are you?" and it told me I was bang on middle class, so there you go.
Anyway, enough facetious banter, on with the project!!!
We've had this oak washstand forever. It has no back in it and has been used for everything from holding the stereo to a spare loo roll holder in the bathroom. It was in the shop being used as a general bit of surface, and I pounced on the chance to play with these new products.

I  used Martha Stewart's Vintage Decor paint in the colour Antique Sky, which is actually green. But after two coats I didn't like it, and decided it would make a nice show through after the distressing process.
 (Hmm, action painting shots don't work so well!)

Two coats of Wedding Cake (white in Marthaspeak) later and we look like this. The colour isn't really white, because in spite of four coats, the oak darkens it to an aged linen colour which I LOVE. Phew.

 (the door and panels have only one coat as they are about to get fiddled with)

 I hate sand paper, so I did as little distressing as I could. Really just on the hard edges, but oh I love it. The green is very subtle and the oak peeks through, er distressingly?
Don't cry little stand, you may be distressed but I love you!

 Now wanting to make the inside more interesting, I reached for one of the cheapest and most glamorous things in my shop - patterned tissue. That toile du jouy to be precise, trying to hide behind the blue bunting.

 A liberal sponging of Mod Podge later...

...and a smoothing on of the tissue which has been cut to size.

All that is needed now is a few more layers of Mod Podge on the tissue, a couple of coats of wax on the paintwork, and the Chalk board paint going into the front panel.
That which is not Martha Stewart is also made by Plaid, who actually make all of the MS stuff.
So what do you think of it so far? More to come!


  1. Okay, that cabinet was adorable before you started DIYing it, and now it's looking even cuter! I don't know if I would ever have thought of using tissue paper for liner. Can't wait to see the finished project. :)

    1. It's looking pretty good, dare I say it. I feel a bit bad painting over oak, but then again, someone, one day, will get lots of karma from sanding it back! hehe. The tissue is such a trick, because the Mod Podge seals it well and truly. I've used it for a lampshade, for easter eggs, and now for this. It crinkles but that is quite fun too.

    2. I'm ALL FOR painting over wood, but everyone gasps and spazzes out when I say that outloud. The last project I painted (a few years back now), I just told everyone it was particle board...

    3. Good idea! I'll say this one came form Target. The only other project I've seriously painted was particle board from there (super cheap MDF furniture barn place)
      It's a fashion thing - people are painting and distressing furniture they bought 20 years ago when it was trendy, and in ten years time they'll buy other people's form the op shop and strip it back ;-)

  2. It looks brilliant. I love it, and I have to say I'm not surprised that it's fun!!! Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

    1. The Chandelabra Project. Terrifyingly middle class!

  3. I am totally in love with it.. I love , love distressing and using the paper to mod podge is such a great idea. Can NOT wait to see the finished project.. What fun!!

  4. Love your latest project! Very nice job!

    1. Thanks Bunny, it's nice to mix it up with the sewing :)