Long time, no see. I hope you all are well and getting lots of spring cleaning done around your house. When you finish, just stop by over here and clean mine as well. I seem to be going for the ‘I’ve got projects going in every room’ look.
I’m pretty sure Country Living will do a spread on how this is the next trend in decorating. Fingers crossed!
Not only have I been working on projects around here (can’t wait to share with you!!) but now my projects have spilled over into my friend’s spaces. Bless their hearts.
My friend Peggy just opened a store that sells tween girl clothing (those are tough years to shop for girls, believe me!). She and her business partner Christine wanted a shabby chic looking wall to go at the back of their space and they called me. Yippee!!
They had someone put the shiplap wall up and all that I needed to do was make it pretty. Well, it was actually pretty even as raw wood, but you know what I mean. So Peggy and I set to work. Yes, I roped her in to help because the wall was 2.5 times the size that she thought it was going to be. 😉 I’m so glad it worked out that way. We got to just chat and catch up while we worked on it.
Step one was to stain the wall:
We liked it in this stage and thought it would be a lovely wall for a men’s store or something. But that wasn’t what we were going for. So we applied paint…
Actually, before we painted, we applied a lacquer finish to seal in the stain. Here’s why… Since this is a store within a store, there was product already in place in other areas of this space and we didn’t want to sand away the paint to get the distressed look. Sanding creates a lot of dust. Therefore we needed to use a technique called wet distressing. In wet distressing, you let the paint dry and then rub the paint away with a wet sponge or scrubby pad. With wet distressing, there is virtually no dust. But with the amount of scrubbing we needed to do, it would have pulled up the stain if it wasn’t sealed.
All that to say, we had to seal in the stain since we couldn’t sand.
But oh, look how lovely it turned out! Shiplap you get me every time.
There is a piece of furniture in this space (on the left side of the picture above–has purses hanging on it) that taught me so much. It taught me that chalk paint actually DOESN’T stick to just anything. Seriously, I feel like I should apologize to anyone that I have spread that lie to in the past. There was something on this piece that would make the chalk paint flake off into the floor. And with it, all my faith in chalk paint. Can you hear the deep sadness in my words? #corebeliefsrocked
Anyway, I’ll share more on that later. Just know that if you need awesome tween girl’s clothing you can find it at BrookLyn Audrey in the Shops of College Park. And while you are there, notice the beautiful wall in the background.
Let me know what you think!