…blue egg q&a’s

Thank you for all the wonderful questions, Readers! Here they are w/ my answers 🙂

Question for you, my foyer living room and dinning room all share one wall with no natural breaks. I really don’t want to paint them all the same color any tips on how to make the dinning room and or living room a different color without painting a line up the wall? Thanks so much!!!

I hate to say it, but I think the best thing is to paint them all one color. Unless you want to build in some doorway frames to separate it with some molding then you could paint each room separately. I’d say pick a color that can work for both spaces. It’s not so much about the color, but about what you have in the room to separate the two. Maybe find a great decor wall screen. Maybe a large plant. Maybe a floor lamp. Wall color is not as important as what is in the room.

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Did you sand the oak table before giving it the whitewashed treatment?

No. If you are trying for the weathered wood look with your oak table DO NOT SAND. You want all that beautiful texture to pick up the Old White paint.

Will chalk paint work on veneer?

Yes, it will. Just be careful when you go to sand/distress because you will not get the color of the veneer. Rather, you will get whatever partical board color is underneath. I would receommend not sanding and just using the dark wax to add aging.

How do you get the dark wax out of the crevices? The surfaces, with steel wool are easy, but not sure what to do with those cracks, etc. and around the ornate parts.

Well, you don’t want to. The dark wax’s purpose is to add that aging quality, which naturally goes to the crevices. If you truly don’t want dark wax in those areas then be careful not to brush it on in those places.


Can you tell me when using chalk paint is the furniture easy to clean once finished or will it show every finger mark??

I find it very easy to clean. It will not show finger prints and is very durable for paint. However, keep in mind that it is painted furniture so you rake a hard object across a surface it will scratch like all furniture.

One thing that keeps nagging at me and I’m not sure about is if I have a piece of furniture that I’m wanting to do has some issues of repair.  ie: dings, deep scratches, cracks/especially joint cracks….what product do you use to repair them with?   Or do you?…does the ASCP take care of this?  Sure would love to know!

If I love a piece and there are some smaller scratches or dings that I don’t want to show, then I use wood filler.


Do you use ASCP on ALL of your furniture?

Everything I paint I use ASCP.


Can you give some suggestions on the application of the dark wax?

Best thing to do is check out my You Tube video.

My only problem is my husband will not let me paint the 1940s mahogany buffet we just purchased. How do I convince him it will look better…UGH!

I know that it is hard to cover a piece that has been in the family and possibly passed down from member to memeber. But, I do believe that a piece is best used when displayed, loved & appreciated. If you can only do this by lightening it up or changing the color then do it. Why live with a piece you don’t love? Or even like?

Is there a tip for not having brush strokes? Does the type of brush used make a difference?

Paint is paint. There will be brush strokes. You can “lighten” these if you use a quality brush, however.


I bought 2 old chairs and they’re already painted a horrible pink colour, I wanna re-do them. I think the annie sloan paint would be best….should i sand the chairs first? I want to achieve like a bit of a distressed look to them, but i don;t want the pink showing through when i rub the edges. what do u suggest?

You could sand them all down, but that sounds like a really hard, messy job. Instead, paint them the new color and then just do not sand. Use the dark wax to achieve the aging look.

What do you do with wicker? Not old yummy wicker, bad 90s wicker? Any ideas?

I have never chalk painted wicker. Funny enough I was asked to refinish some wicker this week and I declined to take the job. I’m just not sure how it would look when a brush cannot reach all those cracks. BUT, when I was first married, 11 years ago, DH and I spray painted just about piece of furniture we owned to refresh and we also did wicker. It worked beautifully and reached all those cracks. They make a Rustoleum specifically for wicker.

 Love it but I feel sinful covering up what some people would consider fabulous oak. Do you ever do that or do you use pieces that the wood is not that perfect? Thanks for your input.

Again, am I am going to hate putting it in my house and hide it in a basement because I don’t like oak (I really don’t) or am I going to refinish and love & enjoy my home & furniture?


Got questions? Emil me at cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com or post. I’ll compile & answer 🙂



  1. Denise Nikain says:

    How do you get that tea stained look. I love the armoire you have in your bedroom, would love to try that look on a four poster bed I have. Thanks

  2. Christen,

    Thank you so much for these answers. Mine was actually one of them. Yeah!! I appreciate everything you do, and I learn so much, which allows me to enjoy this even more.

    Thanks again,

  3. Kimberly Roulet says:

    Hey Christen! Great suggestions! I recently tried the weathered wood paint technique after your post/video tutorial. I’m super happy with how it turned out and wanted to thank you for the inspiration and share the results. When I tried to email you, the email button links to your website and not an email address. Can you tell me where I can find your email address? Thanks!

  4. Hi Christen,
    Thank you so much for offering advice on A S Chalk Paint. My question is, I have recently painted my oak kithchen cabinet’s in the Coco. What would be your advice on weather to wax them or put a clear poly coat on them? Not sure with keeping them clean which would be better.
    Thank You, I love your FB page and your blog 🙂

  5. Hello Christen. Do you use a roller with ASCP on table tops? I did a small dining table for four with AS paintbrush and wasnt really happy with the finish. Appeared to be a lot of brush strokes showing the different ways i had brushed ( my fault i know) the paint.
    Kind regards
    Kim ( I live in Great Britain and love your work)

  6. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my readers would enjoy your work. If
    you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

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