…blue egg q&a’s

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

Did you post the right before picture of the console?

Yes, you are right, I completely flaked and posted the wrong raw before piece! It’s called being a mom and working with only half a brain most days! Here is the correct before photo:


I am wondering how to make the hide and seek TV closure.  Do you still make them?  

Due to my work load, I am not making the screen right now. But, check back!

How is Fiona? I loved talking with her when I came to drop off my chairs.

She is much better! Thank you for asking. She still loves to wear her neck brace for a bit of drama 🙂

My wife and I love the kitchen floor plan of the Cedar House and how it opens to a great room. Are you able to share the floor plan specs? We are looking to build a custom home.

Email me to discuss. cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Just found your blog and love it.  We’re moving into a new home next month and so naturally I’m shopping for everything.  Do you have any other Vintage Circus Horse…$159 (shipping is $24.33 to most places in US)  for sale? 

I wish! Those were are treasure and I was only able to get 4 to sell before they were discontinued! I’m always on the look out though.


Something I don’t recall learning on the tutorial is discussion about whether or not the clear wax completely protects the (ASC paint from ever rubbing off onto clothing is someone sits on the furniture–say if heat or perspiration are a factor.  Can furniture painted and sealed with the clear wax be in direct sun indoors – under a window, etc.?  I have a bad memory of being out on a power walk one hot summer evening, and stopping to visit friends, they invited me to sit at their table to have a drink and chat.  I realized I’d begun to stick to the chair since I was hot and sweaty, and got up to discover I’d damaged the varnish on their wood chairs. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to have a painted chair and have any paint come off on me or a guest.  Does complete coverage with the clear wax protect from this?

Oh no! That is a bad memory. The clear wax WILL melt in the sun. If you are putting your pieces outdoors in direct sun do not use the wax. It will melt just like candle wax. (It will then dry after melted when the sun goes down, but still, who wants that?) Your painted pieces will wear like outdoor furniture does over the years. It will need to be touched up, but the paint will not stick to anyone’s dress if it is NOT waxed!

I was looking at the beautiful chairs you painted for a client in Paris grey.  They look really amazing. However my eye went immediately to the little holes in the front.  They look sort of familiar to me as (heaven forbid) woodworm holes.  I am a collector of antique furniture and I have dealt with these since I started collecting in Europe.  Once I almost lost one piece as I had no idea. 

Interesting. I never think of real worms when I see worm holes. I always think of it as a design element. I will do some homework on it! I LOVE the way they look.


  1. Love what you do Christen but I have a burning question! What color furniture, in your experience, sells the best?

  2. Judy Sanscartier says:

    Hi there,

    I painted my kitchen
    Cabinets with two coats of Annie Sloan, then waxed with clear wax, then distressed a little and rewaxed over those areas! I have found a couple of months later, that I am seeing some very small darker stains near the knobs especially near the stove and sink area. Any ideas what is causing it and what I can do to fix it!! Kind of looks like water marks or maybe grease??

  3. I love your work and your precious words of encouragement! I was wondering, do you have pictures of the “finished” buffet that you posted in error? I love the details and turned legs. I recently painted one very similar for our TV stand. Would love to see how you painted yours. Blessings, Lori

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