…adirondack chairs in duck egg blue

I don’t think there is any other outdoor seat more comfortable than an adirondack chair. Preferably one that is staring out onto a lake. Maybe a margarita in my hand. Definitely a margarita in my hand.

A friend that I have known for a few years is moving to London (!!!) soon and asked me to refinish her adirondack chairs. She close Duck Egg Blue and I think they look awesome in this color. It’s definitely a color that you cannot buy an adirondeck chair in.

The chairs for originally painted black when purchased.


They needed to be sanded down. I always give my clients an option. Electric sander for a smooth finish (and more time & cost) or hand sanding, which is lighter.

Here they are after being painted & distressed.




Just a reminder. If you are painting over a piece that is already a color, like these chairs were originally black, then you will have a few layers when you sand. You will have the original wood color, the black (original color) and then you will have your top coat (new color). I love seeing the black come through on these chairs. I think it’s adds a ton of interest. You definitely can’t purchase this look at any store!



Selfie with the adirondeck chair. We match!

Unerneath the chairs I only did one coat as I tpyically do. I LOVE this look too.


Rustic, chippy, lovely.


…blue egg Q&A’s

Hi Friends! Here are you Q&A’s. Got questions? Email me: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

I have only been painting pieces for myself and my family but a friend-of-a-friend recently contacted me about painting a cabinet/hutch of hers. I’m happy to do it for her but I honestly don’t know where to begin when it comes to giving her a cost for me to do the painting. Is there some basic formulation you use to estimate the labor cost for a customer? Also, I want to work on the cabinet in my home but she doesn’t have the means to bring it to me. My husband offered to pick it up but I’m worried about being responsible for transporting it.

No, I do not have a formula. As I always say, it really depends on your time, materials and if the painted look is really understood in your area. In this case, if you do not have experience painting someone else’s piece, please give her a good price – at least under $100. You don’t want a friend paying a ton of money when you don’t have a lot of work under your belt. You will definitely need the piece delivered to your house. If your husband can do it, great. The friend needs to trust you so I wouldn’t worry about it getting damaged in transport.

Do you know what the Victorian piece is you are showing on the right?  Is is a plant stand? sewing storage piece? footstool (when covered?)  I have one of these and I am not sure of its original purpose.

It is a side table that had a marble top. Lovely.


My family has had some pretty tough times in the last several years and I started painting furniture for myself as therapy :) but financial situations made me realize I need to do more to bring in money, so I thought I’d try to sell some pieces. Needless to say, I’ve spent money I didnt have and havent sold anything…yet :) It’s only been about a month, so Im a little impatient… I was encouraged by your posts, and your story! Even though my garage is already getting packed with furniture, I havent sold anything, and am out of money, still I spend all my extra time looking for furniture to buy/paint, blogs on painting, different color combinations, etc – it makes me happy!! I know God has started me on this journey and His plans are better than my dreams! I will keep reading your posts and learning from you – thank you for being bold enough to reach out like you are. Im not a seller, buyer ~ absolutely, but not a seller, I can honestly say that this is way outside my comfort zone.  Its comforting to read advice from someone who has been working through it, I guess building that yellow brick road that I can follow. 

I’m so sorry that things are rough financially for you right now. My advice to you is if you do not have the budget to invest in painting more furniture then wait before buying more to paint. I know this may be hard. I would focus on marketing yourself and trying to sell the pieces that you have. The last thing you want is to run out of space and be in debt with a bunch of furniture in your garage and home. A small business is a marathon, not a sprint. Good luck to you!

I am very familiar with Annie Sloan products.  My question is, did you sand your table at all?  Was it varnished when you began?  Also did you seal it.  I am thinking a matte poly because it is a table surface, which will see wear,  and shiny to begin with.

No, I did not sand any table you may have seen if I was painting it. You can totally use a matte poly on a table surface for extra coverage.

What is white spirit referenced in the first Q & A.

A reader suggested using wine, I believe, to water down dark wax. I’ve never heard of it, but I’m totally going to try it.

Can you tell me where you bought the chicken wire that you used on your chicken cabinet.  I believe you said it was small solid brass wire mesh.  Did you end up painting it?

You can buy chicken wire many places online, but if you want smaller mesh and/or a brass color then you need a specialty shop. I bought mine online at Van Dyke’s. It’s a great resource for things like this.


I remember a post you did (actually a series) about kitchens and i think i remember you saying that you installed an ikea kitchen? In your first home. We are going to install an ikea kitchen as this is all our budget will allow. We already have the butchers block worktop and ceramic sink from ikea installed. Im thinking white traditional kitchen, but i’d  like to know your opinion on your ikea kitchen and what style to go for? Any help you can give would be great.

Oh fun! We actually only installed the Ikea butcher block counter tops and farmhouse sink on our first renovation. We never did the cabinets from Ikea. I would just try to buy cabinets that you can use for a long time – real wood and a color you can live with. White is always good.

I was wondering if you could tell me the paint color you used on the shutters in your dining room? They are a pretty blue. I have shutters i have been going back and forth trying to figure out a color to go with my gray walls and that blue would be perfect.

The are Duck Egg over Provence. I applied the Duck Egg very loosely so you can see the Provence underneath.


I was wondering if you could get more into detail of the process of shipping through USHIP. I am so hesitant to make this available to my clients. It just seems so overwhelming and possibly a huge headache! What steps do you take in this process? 

Sure. You can also do a search on my site for more info. USHIP allows you to list a piece that you want to ship. You insert measurements and a photo. You will then get bids from truckers going that way. They can do white glove and insurance for an extra cost. You want to make sure that your client has some options so get a few bids. Make sure they know that shipping furniture is not cheap. You will schedule a date and time with client and shipper. It take a lot of coordination.

How does the paint do on laminate furniture?

If it is new laminate with a shiney surface, the paint will not adhere. If it is vintage laminate you will be fine. Do a sample.

Also I have a table that I would like to do that has grooves in the top that I don’t like because crumbs get in it and it is hard to clean. Do you think a wood filler would work to fill them in then I could paint over it? 

Yes, wood filler would be a great solution for you.

…video short: applying shellac

Do you have a moment of panic when you see little pink dots coming through your paint? Do you rush to paint over them to no avail? This is called bleed-through and no amount of Chalk Paint or furniture paint will cover it.

Bleed-through is what happens when you are painting a piece of furniture built in the 1930s or 1940s. I can almost tell immediately if I am going to have this issue with a piece. You will get to know the style and type of wood that causes it.


What you need to do with bleed-through is to apply shellac. You can apply it on raw wood or you can apply it when/if you see bleed-through. What I did not realize is how quickly one can re-paint a piece after applying shellac. I’m taking minutes, Guys.

Here is a Video Short that I did on the process:

…luckett’s love.

What’s better than selling for three days at the Luckett’s Spring Market? Shopping!

I took the day off and headed out to Luckett’s with two of my most dear, kindred-spirited friends and we had an amazing time.


Check out that blue sky! Now that is a good outdoor shopping day. A free tote and water from the shop makes for a good start too. I arrived an hour before the VIP opening and there was still a huge line. Maybe 50 deep at 9am. But, everyone was sweet and kind as they are at these things in the beginning. The claws had not come out yet….j/k…kind of.


I passed by a super, old church pew that was tiny enough for any space. I looked at it and continued on for 5 minutes. I then realized that I NEEDED it. I went back and it had a big, old sold sign on it. WHAT?! It was on at this point.

I discovered one of the cutest tents of the fair, Old Thyme. Very cottage. Shabby, white and beautiful. This awesome piece below came home with me. I am a sucker for anything with cubbies or little drawers. It was some type of hotel/bell hop thing.




Check out the line at Miss Mustard Seed’s tent. She killed it. I stopped by Starbucks before entering the town and picked Marian up a few snacks because I knew she’d be inundated. She was!




Shame on me for not getting more photos of my favorite pieces that did not come home with me. I was too in the zone, Guys!

I did make it into the Design House for a quick peek and bought this. Who needs 10 lbs of string? A mom does!


The painting came from Sweet Clover. I heart a good landscape.


It was also a treat to run into several faces that recognized mine and gave me a big hug. I met the sweet couple from the Tattered Dragonfly that I had emailed with. I was thrilled to hear more about her new shop and that I had been a bit of an encouragement.

The boys in the pink shirts helped puzzle my wares into my car and I have another piece being delivered this week. DH does not really know about that Parisian cupboard coming! Ha!


This is a great, little farmtable that I found. I’m planning on sanding it down and using it as a foyer table where I will put my real, live doves (more on that soon).

All in all a wonderful escape. I was not sad at all for not participating. It was so fun to actually shop and treat myself. Here I am after 8 hours of shopping. A little sweaty, a little sunburnt, but very happy.



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