…weathered wood look & tutorial.

I think I’ve said this before, but the creative process, like anything else in life, is a roller coaster. Sometimes you are going along at a lovely pace, other times more frantic and then sometimes there is a surprise discovery! Need I mention I hate rollercoasters? This weekend was a fun part of ride as I discovered a new technique offered by Annie Sloan herself in her new book Color Recipes!


Annie was kind enough to send me a copy after we were both featured in The Examiner article together. She is such a lovely, talented lady & a super support to Blue Egg Brown Nest.


Color Recipes is a really inspiring book with loads of ideas. I was so excited to see one technique that I did not know how to achieve. I had purchased pieces from Restoration Hardware with the weathered wood, but had no idea how to do it.



There are a few things you need to achieve this weathered wood look. First, and most importantly, you need Oak wood. This means a wood with texture and grain. It will not work with a completely smooth surface.

Second, you need Old White and a good, soft rag.





Step 1: Apply your Old White with your oval Annie Sloan paint brush lightly in small sections

Step 2. Wait 1 minute (depending on your preference for coverage), take your rag and wipe off paint. Apply pressure based on the coverage that you prefer

Step 3. Dampen your rag and go over the places on your piece that you would like to take off more paint

Step 4. Clear wax

What is important to note is that this is a process and involves really playing as you go. Take moments to step back and see your progress and what is happening with your piece. I even went back after the table sat overnight with my wet cloth to take off paint in places (this was BEFORE I waxed). I would recommend not waxing the piece until you are certain you are happy with the result.

If there are scratches or marks in your pieces as there were in mine, that is OK! It adds to the weathered look and someone who gets it, will get it.

I think the best way to explain this technique is my showing you! Here is a new video on The Weather Wood look! (BTW, don’t judge me, I have no make up on and my hair is wet after a very long week with a husband & his man-cold)

Weather Wood Pedestal Table 4 ft diameter…$450. Email cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com if interested.





…Frame or Foe?

Actually, it’s frame or screen, but this sounded a bit more cleaver. I was in the process of making another Hide & Seek TV Screen, which is a bit laborious. This is the one that DH and I built for our home and was showed in This Old House.

I went out to Michaels and bought my frames, ordered custom mats and found some really cool, aged botanical postcards to frame. Greta had her first painting job.

I think she decided to go collect flowers before getting through all eight.

So, I just finished up the prints yesterday, Greta helping me once again as she was out of school, and think they turned out really great. I actually think they might be cool just to hang.





So, I’m going to offer them individually and if I get impatient I will turn them into a Hide & Seek Screen. A benefit of working with myself 🙂

Vintage Audubon Images framed in hand-painted French Linen…$54 each (I have 8 total)


…all about Old White

If you ask this 4 year old if white is a color her answer would be no. The white crayon does not make a color on her construction paper like, say, the red one does….or like a red crayon shows up on a wall, which she knows something about. Of course she is a bit more feisty than the average. White is actual an awesome color, particularly Annie Sloan’s Old White.

Annie Sloan Old White is more versatile than any of her colors because you can create so many looks with it. It can be a clean look, white-washed, or my personal favorite tea-stained & shabby. I decided to do another video tutorial on Old White. Hope it’s helpful.

Here are some more examples from Blue Egg:

Shabby & antiqued.

There’s no dark wax on this dresser so it’s a bit of a cleaner look. Very little sanding.

Heavy sanding & distressing on this amoire.

One thing you should know that when you work with Old White is that the distressing process will be much more prominent because you are doing it to a light color. If you use dark wax you need to know that it will be DARK in those areas where applied. If you sand the piece the contrast of the wood and the white paint will make the piece look super shabby. It will be a county, shabby look, which I love. Keeping in mind that when you decide to chalk paint a piece you do not want it to look too clean and white and perfect. If you wanted that they you would go to Pottery Barn or Ikea for a dipped piece. The distressing on a white piece will make it storied & unique. Embrace it!

Another tip to note is that if you, say, have a black piece that you want to chalk paint white, know that when you sand the piece to distress it you will get shades of raw wood and then that black coming through. If it’s black, it will look weathered and cool. If it’s, say, red underneath and you don’t want any red in the room you’ll be putting that piece in DO NOT sand it. Just use the dark wax in the crevices. You know what I mean?

Got Questions? I’ll compile & post next week.