Ahhh the beach life. So inspiring!! (Photo’s courtesy of yours truly!)
The first week back home from vacation always seems the hardest to adjust back to “real life”, so I decided to work on a project that I bought while on vacation. As seen at the end of the last post, I bought this shelf at “Changing Tide” in Frisco, NC. (Thank you again Kathy, you are amazing!) She already primed it, kuddo’s to Kathy, so I was ready to paint right away.
I bought a bunch of Valspar samples a few weeks ago at Lowes in the trendiest colors. Those little things are great!! They are around $3 bucks and some change and perfect for smaller painting projects. Here is what I used for this project. (For those who can’t read that small writing on the jars, ahem myself, the colors are Desert Hotsprings, Pure White and London Coach.)
I lightly sanded the primed shelf and chose to color block paint the back of the shelf in the greenish-yellow. After that was done, I painted the shelves and the decorative shell on the top the tannish color. I wasn’t happy with that. It looked a little too harsh.
So, I decided to white wash over the tan shelves to make them look like a piece of weathered wood you might find on the beach. Here’s how I did it.
#1 I took my pure white paint and dipped my brushed in lightly.
# 2- Dab the brush off on a paper towel to get most of the excess paint off of the brush.
# 3- ***NOTE: The paint on your brush should almost be non-existent when doing this step. It’s more a dry brush technique. You don’t want to paint on a thick coat of white, you want thin strokes of white to let the tan show through. See how my brush looks pretty dry.*** Then Lightly brush back and forth over the tan in sporadic places. I also used the same technique on the decorative seashell at the top of the shelf.
I then took another paper towel and rubbed over the white painted areas to soften the strokes.
After I was happy with the whitewashed look, I took some Annie Sloan dark wax and brushed that in random spaces to create dark areas for some more depth. Again I took a clean cloth and rubbed the wax into the wood to soften that up too. NOW I love it!!
I then took my pure white and painted over all the leftover white areas on the shelf white. (remember the shelf was just primed and not painted) This also gave me a chance to clean up any colored paint that may have gotten on the primed white. (no-body’s perfect!)
And this is the final look. The pictures don’t do this piece justice! It just looks so incredibly gorgeous in person. I was really disappointed with the finished photo’s but you get the idea! I think this was a really nice transformation which could fit into coastal themed décor, beach décor and even boathouse décor. Throw some shells and nautical themed items on the shelves or make it less themed and throw some books and metal plated items on there:) Possibilities = Endless!