Just in case some of you were not aware, I "get to" write a weekly column for a wonderful online publication kyforward.com.

They cover the Lexington KY and surrounding areas including Northern KY.  They have many interesting and informative articles.  It's so refreshing to read and learn things.  A breath of fresh air so to speak.  Not all the typical negative news with murders and robberies that can be such a downer if that's all the news you read.

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If you go to the business section at the top of their page and look under "Our Smart Money" you'll see my name Norma Oliver and you can find in chronological order ALL my stories.  Another favorite contributer in that section is Gena Bigler, she always has practical advice.  Good stuff!

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I bought this bench long before I began Norma’s Kentiques. It was kind of a ho-hum thing. It’s sturdy but that was about all it had going for it. It has come in handy for extra seating for kids, or just to put stuff on. Anyway, it was time for a makeover.

I gave the raw wood ends a coat of Primer Red chalk paint, and then a coat of Emperor’s Silk. The seat part got two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green to cover the original green enamel.

Then I decided to so some freehand painting with a kind of swirly/vine look. This was done using Emperor’s Silk Red over the Destin Gulf Green seat. It kind of reminds me of the folk art style. The goal was not perfection with the freehand painted areas, because a primitive style was the goal. I didn’t want it to look like this was a bench bought off an assembly line.

Distressing with sandpaper was done to give the appearance this had been painted long ago and was a tad worn from use. Varathane Satin was the final application for a nice protective sheen finish.

My sister began watching for road side rescues when I began this business. This week’s project is a prime example of this. It saddens me deeply to see perfectly good furniture set out on trash day, just because it’s ugly or worn. So it ends up in the dump, and in its place a run of the mill replacement piece from a big box store.

This end table is designed with a faux bamboo look so I decided to go with more earthy natural colors. I really wanted to use one of my newer colors, CeCe Caldwell’s Cinco Bayou Moss. These paints are also green like Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. This is a clay chalk style paint and this line has some great color choices. I used this color for the legs and outer framing for the table and for the muted stencil on the top.

The center of the table top and the woven shelf were painted with ASCP Country Grey (more of a rich cream color). Sand paper in hand, intense distressing ensued! Y’all know by now, I love the distressed and worn look for furniture, as well as the chippy look too.
I had some new paint colors I was dying to try out so I used three on this piece. These are from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint collection: Napoleonic Blue, Olive, and Chateau Grey (a lighter olive) Basically, I just painted these colors on in various layers and distressed revealing a little of each of all the colors. Then in large bold letters I stenciled the word “STUFF” in Chateau Grey. This was finished with a durable satin finish.

shabby chic, annie sloan chalk paint, upcycled accent furniture