I’m a day late. Second week into my commitment to blogging and I’m already struggling to keep up with my self appointed deadlines. I blame Tommy, he needed the computer to take to his class Thursday evening and threw off my schedule. But, better late than never!
I had this little half moon table sitting in my basement for months. It was one of those things that I kept in the back of my mind, but never got around to doing. I knew it was perfect for Le Dirt Antiquing Dust from Maison Blanche Paint Company, and I finally dragged it out of the basement and got to it so I could post a tutorial of it here! I’ve used a handful of Maison Blanche’s products, but Le Dirt is by far my favorite. It’s perfect for furniture with carved detail. It brings out all the nooks and crannies with a pop you can’t get with just paint and sanding. And I knew this half moon table had the perfect detail for it. In my opinion, Le Dirt looks best with a light neutral color, and I went to my old standard, Annie Sloan Old Ochre. I painted the first coat and watered down my second coat, just like I did on my bow front dressers. The table looked nice, but it was still missing something. Then came the antiquing dust. It’s a simple process. First you wax the areas where you want to apply the Le Dirt. I like to put the wax on extra heavy to make sure I get it in all the cracks.
Then, before the wax has any time to dry, I apply the Le Dirt with a clean, dry paint brush. My paint brush may not look so clean, but it has only ever been used for Le Dirt. I apply it all over, making sure I get deep down into all the detail. The final step is wiping all the extra wax and Le Dirt off the piece. If there is any Le Dirt that sticks to an area I don’t want it to, I dip my rag into the wax and rub it clean. The extra wax will remove any stray antiquing dust.
It’s amazing how big a difference this stuff makes on a piece! I think this little half table is adorable, and of course it’s heading to Sweet Clover for the September tag sale.