…blue egg brown nest Q&A’s

Hi Friends!

Here are your Q&A’s. Got questions? Email me at: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

I own a business with my daughter. I think we have many unique items and a friend that paints furniture that is totally awesome!!!  We have been in business for eleven years and have had some struggling times, but we’re still holding our own. Would like to get our one of a kind furniture out there for others to see.  What do you suggest?

I think the hunt is a major part of the business. Sometimes you can find amazing pieces at flea markets or estate sales and sometimes you just find junk. You need to always keep your eye open and build up an inventory. It’s definitely a process. Hang in there!

However, my one query before I pick up my paint brush is: do I paint the inside of the furniture?  Most of the pieces I have viewed have the drawers and wardrobe doors closed so it is difficult to tell how far to go.

I never paint the interior of dressers. I don’t believe they need it and I like to see the contrast of old and new. I usually DO paint the interior of buffets and secretaries until the client does not want it. I think it’s find to do a contrasting color.

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Where did you find your zebra rug? Who is the manufacturer, etc.  I am looking for one like that with grey stripes. And also, how much extra length do leave on your drapes?

My zebra rug is from Overstock! I get this question almost every day 🙂 I always buy long when doing my curtains. I want them to pool at the floor and not look like high-water pants.

I love the armoire you painted with the inside painted in duck egg.You have a tutorial on weathered wood look. Did u use this technique on the armoire?

It is a similar look. I did this weathered wood look with ASCP and then covered it with MMS Milk Paint. I wanted a really distressed look. FYI – I may be selling this piece soon.

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Christen, I enjoyed the article about turning a drop cloth into a runner/tablecloth. After you paint the stripes with ASCP is there anything special you need to do to the fabric? Will it be washable and if so will it lose the blue color? 

Nope. I have washed the tablecloth several times and dried it. The paint remains the same.

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Can you tell me what colour blue paint you used on the shutters in your dining room please. If two do you use the darker shade first.

Yes, the first layer of paint was Florence. I then painted them Duck Egg, but did not paint all the crevices so it would stay looking old.

My question for you is about painting inside furniture, drawers, cabinets, etc. I’m also wondering about painting the underside of end tables or chairs (or any piece). I haven’t seen you talk about this topic. Can you give me some pointers?

I always paint the back of my pieces and the underneath of chairs (I used to not do this). I do not paint the underside of tables, however. We all know that they are old wood and it doesn’t need it.

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I am wondering if you ever show how you decorate your bathrooms? I would love to see how you decorate those areas of your home as I’m at a loss on how to decorate mine!

Sure, I can show you. It’s hard to get light in my powder room to get pictures, but I will try.

I have distressed a dresser with chalk paint. But now, I am loving the white washed look. Is it possible to take a piece that is distressed and turn it into a white washed finish look (using same color).

Sure, just use your white-washed technique over what you have already painted. I have done this before with shutters. Just water down your white paint.

I noticed all of the tables on your website had been sold and I can see why, they’re beautiful! If you could give me some info on if you’ll have more and when and perhaps some pricing I’d appreciate it!

You can always check on FB as I tend to post new pieces to refinish there first. I am not carrying a huge inventory right now because I am slammed refinishing pieces for clients.

I am manufacturing a line of chalk/mineral rich paint. I would like to ship you some of my paint and other supplies to hear your opinion? If you have any interest in trying it out please let me know?

Sure! I’d love to try your paint.

I love your blog and I have been wanted to start one myself for sometime.  I am ready to start but I am confused about web hosting and web design.  How did you know how to get yours up and running?  I’m looking for some advice:)

You can find free blog templates online. I use WordPress, which is really popular. Once you get going you may find that you need some technical assistance from a web designer, which you can also find online. You will find that these designers have varying prices for their designers and often times they need to “accept” your project and you will have to apply. I would suggest getting as far as you can on your own and testing it out. Then as you grow you can hire someone.

Do you recommend letting the clear wax dry before using the dark wax or do you do them consecutively with no dry time? I’ve seen it both ways on YouTube.  I’d like to paint my project and wax it clear and then go back and distress it, if I chose,  at another time.

I like to let my clear wax dry at least a day before apply dark wax. That’s my preference. You can certainly apply dark wax at a later date!

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Comments

  1. Jill Waller says:

    Thanks for today’s blog, Christen. The information was so helpful! Question: I’m going to paint a bookcase. It’s now ugly, super grainy oak. I’m thinking of ASCP colors, French linen, or country grey. What’s your instinct about the best color to use? It seems like both colors are fairly neutral.

  2. I’ve been painting and distressing pieces for years and am always learning new techniques but my biggest problem is with table tops….I have tried steel wool, sanding with a sander or by hand and I just am never satisfied with my finish. Either I can see straight looking roughed up areas that look artificial to me or everything just looks just not right. Help!

  3. Karen Periard says:

    Do you sand your furniture (edges, etc.) before using the clear wax? I know that Anne Sloan waxes and then distresses. Thanks.

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