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Stool painted and distressed with wax candle

Last year when I decided to start upcycling and painting furniture, I read many online blogs and also a few books.  The very first piece of furniture I painted and distressed was a small stool.  Sorry, I do not have a before picture, but I can tell you how I achieved this stripey paint look.

First I sanded the stool and gave it a coat of Zinsser primer.  Next I gave it two coats of soft green paint, Glidden Spring Green Twig, to be exact, and when the second coat was dry I rubbed a candle firmly over the paint, particularly in those areas that would show more wear and tear.  Wherever the candle is rubbed, the top coat will not stick to the underlying base color.

I used a royal blue latex paint, also Glidden, as top coat covering the wax completely.  I did not use a roller but just used a brush intentionally, so it would be nice and stripey!

After the paint dried I used a medium grit sandpaper to rub away the top coat.  I just did this lightly. My next step was rubbing a clear soft furniture wax into the sanded surface to protect the paint from further wear and tear.

I actually use this little stool a lot! It is great to sit on when I am painting table legs..

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