I purchased this oak tissue box cover late last year at the thrift shop for a couple of bucks.
I had given it a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White" months ago, but wasn't quite sure how to decorate it.
I pulled it out today to try out a new distressing method for chalk paint that I had spotted recently on Pinterest.
Anne from White Lace Cottage had shared her no-sanding method of distressing furniture with water and vinegar. I love how easily chalk paint distresses with sand paper but what a dusty mess unless you wax first, and then re-wax.
I filled my spray bottle with half water and half white vinegar and sprayed the first side of the tissue box cover. First, I tried rubbing with a rag (like Anne suggests), and then I tried a pot scrubber pad. It took a while for me to get the hang of it. The rag worked slower than I wanted, but the scrubber took the paint off a little too fast unless you were careful. I repainted the first side once, and I ended up using both the scrubber and the rag until I got the desired effect.
This method also smoothed out the brush strokes, and left a nice texture.
After I had distressed the piece to my liking, I brushed on some ASCP clear wax.
I painted an old brass drawer pull in "Old White" too.
If the drawer pull adornment looks familiar, I used a large painted pull on my re-purposed drawer plant stand HERE.
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