I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your kind words and responses concerning our whitewashed attic and stairwell bookcase… It’s been so much work to put this space together, but we are loving it! As you may remember, we finished out our third floor as a guest room so that baby #3 could have her own room. With her arrival mere weeks away, I’m looking for a little simplicity in my life… and my new attic space and this little table are helping me fill that need.
For months, I’ve been inspired by all-white spaces, especially for an attic room like this. I even polled you all concerning whether I should paint the bed (which, for now, is staying as it is). But this nightstand was itching for a makeover… The piece began a very simple pine nightstand – nothing glamorous, though beautiful in its own, understated way. I painted the wood (which was water stained and sad) almost seven years ago with a soft green and significant distressing and glazing, all finished with a polyurethane. It served me well for some time, but I was definitely ready for a change.
I decided on Simplicity by Country Chic Paint. I was a little disappointed to discover that it took three coats to fully cover the green and brown (though I shouldn’t have been surprised given the color difference – I have just been so spoiled by Country Chic’s other colors that cover so well!), but it was worth every bit.
Once painted, the edges distressed beautifully and easily with 60 grit sandpaper. I had intended to use some antique wax, too, but once I saw the pure white against the dark brown, chipped edges, I knew I was done.
I followed with a very light sanding by hand (using 320 grit paper) to smooth the rough edges I had created and remove any stray brush strokes.
And the smooth white surface contrasts so well with the texture of the whitewashed planks.
The three coats may have felt a little laborious (though, let’s be honest, since each coat only took 15-20 minutes, I can’t complain too much!), but the final product makes it all worth it. Don’t you agree?
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