When it came to finishing my new Apothecary Trundle Coffee Table, I wanted to do something a bit more subtle than glaze. I like glaze and all, but I wanted my white to still be white, you know? Yet when I finished the initial stain and painting, the white was really harsh. It was too white. So, what could I use to dinge it up, just a tiny little bit? Coffee! Then with a touch of sanding and stain (to bring out the raw edges and pull the color of the top on down) I think I hit a killer combo.
The coffee gives a very mellow, subtle age to the harsh white paint. It helps pull out the brush strokes and add a little texture. Follow the jump to read the step-by-step on how to distress bright paint with a cup o’ joe!
I started by staining the top and interior with Rustoleum’s Ultimate Stain in Golden Oak. The top has two coats, the interior has one. The lower half is painted with two coats of Olympic No-VOC Ultimate Interior Paint in Semi-Gloss. It’s just straight out of the can, no tint added. It’s my go-to paint for trim and doors, but sometimes I like to use it on furniture too.
I gave it a couple of coats and let it sit for a while. It gave the white just a tinge of yellow, a slight aging. I wiped off any puddles with a clean rag. Once that dried, I used a foam brush to carefully apply stain to each sanded edge.
So there it is! A slightly less intense distressed look. I think it gives it just the right amount of age. Do you have any hidden tricks up your sleeve when it comes to aging or distressing furniture?