…blue egg q&a’s

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


Have you used Polly over chalk paint instead of the wax??

I have not because I want that rustic look that you get from the wax. A poly would leave it with a more finished look. You can certainly use it.

I have a cream distressed bed and I’m looking to paint a dresser to compliment it. I wanted to accent the room with blues and yellows. Do you recommend a certain ASCP color? I know cream matches all, but wanted your expertise if you’ve had one “stand out.”

I personally would bring in your blues & yellows with pillows, accents and curtains if this is the look you want. Go with neutral for your dresser. If you want a bit of color and are open to blues then try Paris Grey or Duck Egg Blue. But, try to match these blues in your decor if you go with one of them. Otherwise, I’d still with Old White or a neutral for your piece.

I have been wanting to have some sheet music prints done of our wedding song and some other sentimental songs for our living room and I noticed you have four in your dining room and wondered where you got them or if you made them yourself?  I would like to do four of the exact same size that you have.  

Yes, I did frame sheet music from Chopin of a piece I used to play. I mounted the pages on a white burlap and painted some frames. I believe they are 11 x 14 – the standard size you find at any craft shop.

Just finished painting 2 huge dressers in old white, clear waxed and then tried some dark wax around the edges – what a muddy mess! So disheartened as my son is getting married next week over in Harrisonburg at JMU! I was hoping to surprise him with some extra money from the sale. Is there anything that I can do to correct this mistake without repainting? 

Oh, don’t fret! You can go over it with a fine steel wool and get much of the mud part off. If it is still muddy then you just take your paint and touch up these areas and then clear wax again. It is an easy fix!

I would love to know if that beautiful painting shown in one of your pictures hanging above the church phew is one of your amazing creations?  If so could you fill me in on how I can purchase one?  I just love it! I love all the muted mono chromatic colors, if this was not made by you, where can I get one too?

This was actually painted by my MIL. I love it too and have tried to get her to start selling. She has painted them for all of her kids’ families.

Small Room Design

What paint colors did you use for your dining chairs with the khaki linen?

I purchase these. Did not paint them.


I read the post of you and your husband demolishing your house and rebuilding on the same spot. I am about to do the same and what to know if you have any suggestions or tips. I’m particularly concerned with digging out the foundation and putting in a new one. I’m not exactly sure about the depth of new footings, etc. Without going back and rereading your post, I am assuming you put in a new foundation and didn’t build on the old one. That wouldn’t be an option for us as our foundation is part of the problem.

You really need to hire a good builder. Ours was dug up completely and we built an entirely new foundation, which is what you need with a new build.

I need some help – I have painted a dark wood TV unit with 2 coats of primer and then 3 coats of Annie Sloan Pure white (watering it down a bit). I want a smooth finish and have sanded it down with a very fine grit sandpaper – starting with a 400, then a 600 and finally 800. After doing this I have read that if it is too smooth it wont absorb the wax – what do you think? I really like the waxed finish that I have on other things I have done but none of them are that smooth.

You will be totally fine waxing on top of this. It is difficult to absorb when it is raw wood.



  1. Hello! I have three pieces in my space at a vintage decor shop. The owner of the shop has asked me to pick up three of my pieces and give them an updated paint color. So the duck egg blue, paris gray, and old white are not selling. I let the pieces “talk” to me and tell me what color they want to be painted. And now I am faced with having to paint them another color. How would you go about deciding what the new color should be if the color you painted them is the color you feel was the right choice for that piece?


  2. Hi, I was wondering how to remove chalk paint from cabinets!! Ideas please.

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