This elegant piece was given fresh, springy style by Kristie from Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture with Sage Advice, Vanilla Frosting, and both Natural and Antiquing Wax!

Usually within minutes of finding a piece I already have a colour and a style picked out. But I’ve had this one for a while and it completely stumped me. I had no idea what to do with it. So, when in doubt, I pick the always perfect shade of white – Vanilla Frosting. But it needed something else. I wanted the details to pop, but sill keep the overall look soft and feminine.

Sage Advice for the win!

It pairs perfectly with Vanilla Frosting for a fresh clean spring pallet.

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Prep was super easy. I sanded only random places with a fine grit sand paper because I wanted some of the paint to peel and chip easier later on, on the spots where I avoided sanding. I painted two light coats of Vanilla Frosting. And then two light coats of Sage Advice. Then on to the distressing!

For the distressing, I find it easier to get a chippy peeled-paint look if I use an old sanding sponge block that has bits of paint and debris still stuck in it from another project. Yes you heard that right! Keep those old sanding blocks, they come in handy!

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First, I lightly sanded everything with the new fine grit sanding block to smooth everything. Then switched to the old sanding block and went over the edges and pressed a little harder. All those old bits and pieces and worn patches start working to randomly pull, peel, and chip paint away from the un-prepped surfaces. It’s magic!

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Another part of distressing, that is just as important in keeping a piece looking old and loved, is adding some dirt! I waxed the whole thing in clear wax with a wax brush, and wiped away the excess with a rag. Then, while it was still wet, took a smaller paint brush and added antiquing wax to all the corners, joints, and cracks of the piece. Basically where any dust would naturally occur over the years. I then left most of it concentrated in the corners, but fanned and thinned some out into the open areas so it looks more natural. It adds a very subtle, and worn touch.

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Kristie {Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture}

I’m Kristie. I am a wife, a mama to a crazy toddler, and a part time dental assistant. But any spare time I get, I am refinishing furniture! I started a couple years ago just with random pieces around the house, and quickly became addicted. I love the challenge of it all. The hunt for a good one, piecing it all back together, and choosing a colour and look that brings it back to life. I love the quote “have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. Life is too short to have boring furniture

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