Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sofa Table Before & After

This sofa table was brought to me a few weeks ago and the owner gave me a picture of a finish she wanted me to try. I couldn't take the picture from the email to post it here though.

Here is the before
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I sanded it down and painted it a soft white. Then I used 2 different Cabot stains to achieve the bluish/grayish/greenish distressed color she was looking for. I dry brushed them on and then distressed. I sent pictures to my client and she said "why don't I come over and show you how to age/distress with a heat gun". I'd never heard of this, but it's pretty cool! This "client" is actually a friend and mentor, so it's weird for me to call her a client. Coolest.gal.ever!!

She came over and we sanded and made the paint "bubbly" with the heat gun. Then we took a scraper and scraped it off. I think I got the technique pretty well...I just wish I hadn't distressed so much before using the heat gun.

Here's how it turned out
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Enjoy!

~Allison

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17 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow- you did an awesome job, allison!!!! and i love your new profile picture. :) you are gorgeous!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

the sofa table turned out great. is that a white wash that you did?

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

sorry i just saw that you used stain and a heat gun. great idea!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Very cool! I don't even own a heat gun. On second thought, I don't even know what a heat gun is!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This turned out wonderful!
Love the depth of colors.
I don't know what a heat gun does either.... I have heard of them, just not sure how they work!

Future post maybe???!!
xx
Alison
Looks GREAT!

Ruth said...

I love it!!! Looks amazing!!

Ruth

Katie said...

WOW this is amazing. I'm dieing to rehab an old piece of furniture!!!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I just learned something new! I love the effect it gives. And I love the new profile pic, so pretty!

Sarah said...

Looks great. I wish I had you near by to paint things for me.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Very cool, Allison!

Carol A.Bender said...

Very nice, it looks so much more sophisticated now.

June@I will craft said...

Hmm, I never would have thought to use a heat gun to distress but I know I'll try it now.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Looks great! I love the white wash treatment.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice finish.

Meg said...

Heat gun!?! Awesome. I love discovering new ways to age furniture! This turned out great!

Prissyville said...

Love it! Perfect soft grey and the distressing isn't over-the-top! I'd love this piece in my dining room!

Shabby Friends said...

Love it. You must tell me what a "heat gun" is. Sometimes I use a hair dryer. However, I live in Texas and anything related to HEAT right now is not good.