Distressing News

Distressing News
Ever since I started this ol’ blog, one of the quickest ways to transform a piece of furniture has always been the tried and true “paint it white and distress it” method.  Well, after all these years (ok, three), I’m happy to report that that still looks great.  Seriously, you can’t lose with white paint.  Ever.  Unless you mistakenly grab it instead of your self tanner, but in my case, no one would even notice the difference, so I rest my case again.
So cast your eyes on the following white and distressed pieces, starting with this adorable scalloped table from Yael at Yael Home. I think this would be cute even if you painted it the ugliest color in the world.  What is the ugliest color in the world?  Puce?  Discuss.

Lesli found this little stereo cabinet for $15.  She gutted all the contents, including a speaker filled with mouse poo, yikes, and painted it a fox blue and glazed it with a dark gray. Fox blue and dark gray you say? But it looks white in the picture, so I’m counting it!  Now she uses it as a perfectly sized computer desk.

I love the simplicity of this makeover from Helen at Picked and Painted.  Perfection.

And lastly, this great buffet transformation comes from Better After reader Nicole, who originally hesitated over the $49 price tag at Goodwill.  (You’ve got it good Nicole, this would have cost easily 
$2 million dollars at my Goodwill.  Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration).  I might have been turned off by the chunkiness of this piece, but that’s exactly what I love about it now that it’s painted.  Oh white paint, you tease!

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  1. July 19, 2012 / 10:39 PM

    The ugliest color in the world is mauve. End of discussion!

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  3. July 19, 2012 / 11:45 PM

    The ugliest color in the world is a yellowish brown. And “salmon”..ugh!

    I loved this post, I kept bursting out laughing at your commentary. I come for the makeovers, and stay for the commentary! Been reading for a year now, every day. Keep up the great work!

  4. July 20, 2012 / 12:19 AM

    just checked out that yael blog and i think it might be the second happiest place on earth (aside from disney of course).
    and the ugliest color….hmmmm…..i think a brownish red.

  5. July 20, 2012 / 12:19 AM

    just checked out that yael blog and i think it might be the second happiest place on earth (aside from disney of course).
    and the ugliest color….hmmmm…..i think a brownish red.

  6. July 20, 2012 / 12:51 AM

    love em all!

  7. July 20, 2012 / 12:51 AM

    love em all!

  8. July 20, 2012 / 1:44 AM

    Thanks for the feature Lindsey! Ugliest color…..mint green…any shade of it.

  9. July 20, 2012 / 3:04 AM

    I do love all of these pieces, all so much better white. As for ugliest color, I had to google puce, and it may just be the ugliest name, but the color itself is not as ugly to me as chartreuse. Blech. I am going to goodwill tomorrow and getting something to paint white!

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  11. July 20, 2012 / 3:05 AM

    Something weird going on with the comment process…

  12. Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 / 4:24 AM

    wow. it made me so sad to see the natural wood pieces painted white and made to look like they’d been abused. I’d of sanded and clear coated them. the stereo cabinet was nice.

  13. Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 / 4:53 AM

    i think those look in worse shape now than they did before. white paint can make some things look fantastic, but i don’t think this is an example of that. the table would have looked so awesome with a sand and stain :c

  14. July 20, 2012 / 7:06 AM

    Great blog!
    People in Israel must be happy and colorful after watching all the everyday sad news on TV.

  15. July 20, 2012 / 11:55 AM

    love all colors sooooo much that I can’t even pick my most unfavorite color!!! I know, I’m sick!

  16. July 20, 2012 / 1:30 PM

    I love your commentary, too–one of the first places I go every morning when I turn on my computer. As far as ugly colors–I agree with other comments: mint green, chartreuse, and brown. White, especially vintage white, can make anything look “new.”

  17. July 20, 2012 / 2:13 PM

    I love “Distress” anything! That table is just so awesome. Love how everyone transformed their pieces. I use distress inks by Tim Holtz for my card making. Your work is amazing.

  18. July 20, 2012 / 3:20 PM

    I’m shocked! I thought you’d say hunter green!! Lol!! I’d go with beige as the ugliest color…especially when it has that pink undertone. Blech! But hunter green is awful too! Put them together with maroon and it’s tragic!

  19. July 20, 2012 / 5:24 PM

    I love your intros! So funny. And the white furniture makeovers are lovely 🙂

  20. July 21, 2012 / 12:35 AM

    Love all those makeovers but especially the first one – right down my alley. I am really going to upset anonymous by lightly sanding my vintage art deco robe and liberally applying white paint. Haha. I think the worst colour is dirty. Any colour is great in the right setting. Cherrie

  21. jessie
    July 21, 2012 / 10:06 AM

    I often choose white color for home decor. I really loved your white pieces makeover. I got some old pieces of furniture and would love to paint them to get nice match for my existing white pieces, see here . Anyway, thanks for sharing.

  22. Cathrine
    July 21, 2012 / 10:59 PM

    I like white, but not distressed furniture. Heck I spend a great deal of sweat and tears (no blood yet) trying to keep my funiture from looking distressed! I especially like white with a pop of bright color. I’ve seen a lot of those on here that I think are amazing that I want to try!

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