Saturday, March 24, 2012

Queen of Procrastination

Turns out that I am the queen when it comes to procrastination. Never fails. All week I've been thinking of everything that I needed to get done on my day off. I was determined to get in, stay on task and make some progress on the upstairs studio project. But, as luck would have it, I found a wooden "S" that demanded my immediate attention. Well, it really didn't, but just the thought of doing something fun as opposed to doing something that was going to be dirty and work related and I was off looking through the craft closet for supplies.

After digging in my stash, I found the perfect colors; a mustard gold and a nice turquoise. And, of course, my favorite dark walnut stain to muddy things up and age them a bit.

First step, base coat the white wood "S" with a nice coat of Espresso spray paint...

After a light sanding, I painted the entire thing with the mustard color. When that coat was nice and dry, I took an old paraffin candle and rubbed it in areas where I wanted it to look like wear. The wax causes kind of a resist when you paint over the top of it and makes it easier to sand and distress.

Then it was a nice coat of the turquoise. Love that color...


And then it was time to sand again. In some areas I took it down to the brown base coat. When I finally got it sanded and looking the way I wanted, I used a rag and wiped the entire thing down with my stain. The final step was to give it a good coat of  satin finish spray sealer.

I love the way the different colors peak out. Ken came in just as I finished. I was so excited to show him how crafty I was. Being the ever helpful guy that he is (and with an impish twinkle in his eye) he offered to paint it for me and fix all the scratches. Such a funny boy!

I really like the way it looks against the black spice cupboard in our kitchen. I didn't get upstairs and get anything done on the studio, and there are still a few loads of laundry waiting to be done, but dang if I don't have a great little accent piece to show for my procrastination!


  1. Neat project. I don't think I've ever heard of using a candle/wax to deter the paint from sticking.....making the distressing easier. Good Tip. Im your newest follower. Please come visit me at and follow back. 8-)

    1. Thank you Candy! I'm glad you enjoyed my project and thank you for following me. Heading over to visit you right now...


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