Wednesday, July 2, 2008

To Distress...or Not to Distress?

Update: I have decided to not attempt the distressing. I may just put a coat of sealer on it so it will not chip off. Thanks for the help guys!!

I do not have fancy bedroom furniture. In fact, I have the hard rock maple furniture from my grandparent's home (which makes me happy because I love family heirlooms). Anyway, I've painted the furniture Fence Post white and put the original handles back on.

I can distress it if I want to and add some wax that will "antique" the furniture. I like this idea, but I also love how clean and fresh it looks now

Help a girl out! Distress or not to distress?

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p.s. I just ate the most delicious tomato sandwich for lunch. I'm giddy with tomato season glee!


Lara said...

Depends on how shabby chic you want to go. I distressed several pieces of furniture (including a dresser that belonged to my grandfather). While I love the look right now, I thought if I ever wanted to have a different look I would have to strip it, and start all over. Just something to think about.

I used a glaze and added stain to make my pieces look antiqued. Then I used a sander to distress it.

Anonymous said...

I really like it the way it is right now. It seems like the handles go really well with the blue fabric you are using for the headboard (which is a super cute idea, btw).

Kara said...

That would be too much work for me...haha I think it looks nice and clean how it is now. But it also depends on how you want your room to look overall.

The Working Momma said...

Are you going to distress the headboard as well? I think it looks great the way it will really pop against the blue. I think distressing it will be a lot of work, but maybe I'm just too lazy for something like that!

Kathy said...

I think they look beautiful as they are now. Clean lines. Nice contrast. I think that "shabby chic" is starting to become passe'. Distressing can be very difficult to reverse and sometimes impossible. You could antique it without distressing it. Plus rock maple doesn't distress too easily, it's more likely to just look chipped and damaged. I think when you put it all together it's going to be beautiful!

Kara said...

The fruit picking place is back on highway D/F. You can call me for directions. They do blueberries every 4 or 5 days and blackberries are starting to ripen. Do you have my phone number?

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Kara, I am loving your projects! That chest looks great painted up & I think non-distressed is great too. I'm thinking some of the heavy glazed things are not going to be in style forever anyway.

AND, I just love your headboard project & can't wait to see how that turns out.That fabric is fab! I'm adding you to my bloglist! Love your ideas and any girl who loves fried okra is a friend of mine.

PS Would you think about turning off your comment verification (the letter thingy?). I know you are new to blogging & most people don't turn this on. You just have to go to your Comments section & uncheck the box. You can leave on comment modification without the letter part. Just makes it a lot easier for all of us to leave comments.


Tricia Anne said...

You tomato sandwich sounds delicious. We have had our share this season as well. We tried our hands at 4 tomato plants and they are so yummy!
Your dresser is lovely! As well as your headboard! We do not have a headboard and I would LOVE to do something like yours! I emailed my husband with a link to your page ... wink! :o) You have a lovely blog and I am going to add it to my list of places I would enjoy returning. Thank you for posting pictures!! You are doing a real nice job!! ~ Tricia Anne

Janet said...

Love your headboard and I would leave the dresser just the way it is, clean and fresh. Now I am off to check out your cooking blog; I love to cook.

Janet @ Housepeepers