…favorite things friday: grain sack love.

Grain sack everything.

Want a quick way to get a really impactful, rustic tone in your space? Add grain sack. This could be a pillow, hand towels, lamp shades a table runner or just the iconic fabric. The grain sack could be antique or reproduction. The look is still there no matter what. You can find grain sack at Pottery Barn or vintage on Etsy. If you are at a barn sale and see grain sack get it! You will always have a place for it even if it’s just draped over a dining chair.









I’m pretty sure I could go on all day posting these gorgeous pictures. Instead, I’m going shopping!

…master bedroom interiors

As you know, we have been under a bit of dust over here in our nest. We have refinished our wood floors, built a patio with landscaping, replaced all our carpeting, designing a theater room, painted and added wood flooring to the master. I’m sure I’ve inhaled way too many fumes, but, alas, so worth it.

I am not finished re-designing our master, but it is coming along nicely. I changed the color to Ben Moore’s White Dove – which I would recommend if you are looking for a lovely, soft white. In our white bedroom it actually reads as a slight aged while, like a linen dress. In the process I took everything off the walls. I love doing this because it gives me the opportunity to look at my space with fresh eyes.

I have old shutters that I found at Luckett’s years ago that I have used for a screen. They are grey and remind me of French Linen Chalk paint. I decided to move these behind my chaise, add an area rug, a new chandelier. I also had to paint a few pieces and am expecting some mirrored nightstands this week. My favorite new detail is the pressed floral prints that I bought to cover an entire wall. I promise to reveal all soon – and in color 🙂

I thought I would just give you a few pix to let you in on what what happening.



Architectural elements always work as an interesting contrast to new items, like this mercury glass lamp.


I like to buy 2 of everything when it comes to display items like these monkeys. It adds symmetry.


Here is a look at the area rug that I chose. In love.


I have two dress forms and considered sells this one, but for now she’s staying.


You know how I feel about old doors.


Resin bust. Resin antlers. Reid, of course, can’t help but be a ham.



This is the light fixture I chose. I will give you the secret to my source when I post final pix.


A little reminder of vacation hanging on my armoire.

DH hates hanging multiple pix, but he is so good at measuring!




I had to buy this duck egg blue journal for my nightstand.



The master is probably my favorite room in my house and deserves lots of attention.


…blue egg brown nest q&a’s

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

I have a ton of kitchen cabinets that I am painting. What would you think of using the Annie Sloan lacquer instead of the soft wax to try to cut down on the labor?? Then can the dark wax be applied on top of it? Would the dark wax need to be “protected?”

I need to get on the ball! I have not used the lacquer yet so I cannot speak to it. I promise I will experiment this fall. Add it to my to-do list!

Re your amoire – looks like you faintly stenciled onto it. Amazing look, all so muted. Do you have directions, or more pics. 

The piece was carved so that is original to the style/piece. Chalk Paint loves a detail like that and it is something that I always look for when purchasing a piece for resale. I did a really rough paint job on it as I prefer my pieces very distressed.

Small Room Design

When you paint a china cabinet, sideboard or anything that has a cabinet with shelves, do you wax the whole interior? Such as the inside walls and shelves or just the shelves where items would be placed? I recently painted a beautiful china cabinet and literally waxed every area where paint was and it has come out very beautiful but I just wanted to know your method. I’m also afraid that if I only wax the shelves, the colors will look different shades since wax deepens the color. 

The answer is sometimes. I like the paint the interior of a piece very lightly so that it has that rustic-wood look (unless a client prefers something different. If it is very rustic I will not wax as any scratches will add to the look. If it is more of a clean look then I will wax. Yes, you need to do the entire interior if you wax the shelves because color will vary.

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, for example, the top of your armoire.

I would recommend not getting dark wax into those crevices. If you want these areas to look darker then simply do not paint there. It will add the same effect that dark wax does without the effort and wax.


I have a beautiful vintage vanity with upholstered seat, it unfortunately has ruined wood veneer (not plastic laminate with wood grain, but real wood), it is in a beautiful pattern. It looks like water damage warped the veneer. At first I thought about trying to repair the veneer, but after watching a few online tutorials I’ve decided it would be too difficult. So, now I am considering glueing the veneer flat, which is the first step in repairing the veneer, and simply painting and distressing with chalk paint and wax. Do you believe this is possible to do and still be beautiful?

It is always worth salvaging a piece if you enjoy it! If you can glue the veneer down or try to smooth it as much as possible so that it lays flat that would be ideal. Then paint. You will most likely not even notice a difference.

Is this the cat that ran away? Is he/she back?

No, this is Ollie. Shelly left us and has not returned by choice. She knows darn well where we live.


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? 

I love Elmer’s wood glue and wood filler. I keep them front and center. Deep scratches can be fixed with wood filler and a scraper. It is easily done. If you have a join cracks that is huge then you will need wood glue and clamps to hold the pieces until they dry.


Do you use ASCP on ALL of your furniture?

I offer Chalk Paint to all my clients. I work with MMS Milk Paint in my own home and am happy to offer to clients, but this means letting me and the paint do its thing. Milk Paint does not turn out exact as Chalk Paint does. One has to understand that it will peel and apply to wood in its own way. I love this, but not everyone does. Chalk Paint is always consistent. The color in the can is the color you will get.