This lovely miniature Server, has been painted in light and dark blue, over an undercoat of white chalk paint. I bought this piece of furniture as bare wood, that is with no finish on the wood at all. It makes distressing with chalk paint to much easier, as you are starting with a good surface for the paint to adhere to.
The server has been distressed with sandpaper, in some places I have gone down to the wood. I think it gives quite a good effect as it shows both layers of paint. The shelf at the base of the server has been distressed more as if it has been well used and worn.
I made new handles, they were made from a hollow rivet [Used for making electrical sockets in Copper tape to connect lights in a doll’s house] a small seed bead and a tiny copper nail. I crimped the edges to make a square, turning it round to make a diamond.
I think this is quite a pretty piece of furniture, and I love the colour.
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- Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
- Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
- When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
- Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.