Distressing chalk paint using water, refurbishing an old mirror using old white

Our neat old mirror before we refurbished it using old white chalk paint and water distressing with a soft T-shirt rag.

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We threw on one medium heavy coat of old white chalk paint on the Darkwood so some of the darkness would show through.

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Then we hand distressed the paint using a damp T-shirt rag.

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After a thin layer of clear wax was applied and buffed out, it was ready to hang.

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Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide

Product Description
Wood finishing doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. It can be “boiled down” to simple step-by-step instructions. And that’s what this book offers; no science, no art, just easily-to-follow directions with lots of pictures to show you every step of the process.

Inside, you’ll find specific instructions on how to finish common woods using widely-available finishing materials—the kind of wood, stains and finish coats every home center, paint store or hardware store carries. Just match the wood to the final color and result you want. Then follow the step-by-step instructions and eliminate the guesswork.

Wood Finishing 101 is by Bob Flexner, who has been writing about and teaching wood finishing to hobbyists and professionals for over 20 years. Let Bob’s years of experience guide you to beautiful results using his easy to understand directions.

Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide

Wood and Water Murals 1: Gone but Not Forgotten


Gone but Not Forgotten is the first in a series of murals painted by Jennifer Maria Harris around San Francisco as part of the Wood and Water series. Everyone is invited to be part of the mural by writing in the name of someone or something “gone but not forgotten” with chalk, creating a temporary community-based memorial. The mural also contains a square in which improvised paintings are made with chalk paint: when one fades away, a new one will be created. More info at: www.woodandwatermurals.com or ‘Like” us on Facebook at: Wood and Water Murals

Lubricating Sticky Wooden Drawers with Wax – Lubricate Wood Drawer Runners


chalkpaintideas.com – Waxing the wood runners and wooden drawers to lubricate them to get drawers unstuck and make them slide easier in an antique desk refurbished with chalk paint. After this desk was painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, it was time for the finishing touches, including waxing the wooden drawers with wood runners to lubricate them. Here is how I did it!