Farmhouse decor is a beautiful trend that brings warmth and friendliness into a space. One of the most popular trends among farmhouse chic is using teal antiqued furniture to add a pop of color to a room. Hutches, entertainment centers, and shelves all look beautiful in teal and add an alluring contrast to rooms without overwhelming them. These can also be done as DIY projects at home that are inexpensive and easy while giving a room a fantastic chic feel.
To test how you feel about teal in a room, try antiquing a shelf in teal, which can be accomplished in 4 steps:
Completely sand the shelf, using 160-grit sandpaper. This sand job should remove any old layers of paint or stain, as well as giving new paint a good surface to cling to. This can be done by hand using sandpaper squares or sponges, but can be a tedious task that can take a lot of elbow grease.
Investing in an electric sander can be as inexpensive and can drastically reduce the difficulty of sanding larger pieces. After sanding, use a moist washcloth to wipe down the shelf to remove any sand or grit.
Apply an even coat of teal paint as the bottom layer. For any projects on wood, oil or acrylic based paint is recommended, as some water-based paints can soak in and warp the wood. Getting a paint that has primer mixed in can also be a good idea, as it cuts out an extra step. If the color of teal you love does not come with primer in it, choose a primer that is close in color and treat the primer as the bottom layer, allowing the primer to dry before moving on to paint.
After painting, allow the paint to completely dry (usually around 6-8 hours). Depending on how thick the paint is and how bright of a teal you are going for, you may need to do another layer of paint. Lightly buff the bookshelf using the same sandpaper as before. Again use a rag to wipe everything down, then apply the second layer of paint. Let it completely dry for another 6-8 hours.
When you are happy with the thickness and brightness of your teal, it is time to move on to the fun part. Distressing the wood gives a piece the farmhouse, antique feel. Using some sandpaper, begin sanding the edges and raised details by hand. You don't need to be too particular or perfect during this step. Part of the charm of farmhouse chic is the imperfections that make every piece unique.
A good rule to keep in mind to make the piece more natural-looking is to sand more where a piece would naturally get more wear and tear, like edges and details that are raised. How much you sand is up to personal preference and styling of the room. After hand sanding to the desired affect, use your rag to wipe down all the grit left behind.
The most popular color of stain to antique teal pieces of furniture is black or white, depending on what would compliment your room more. Don't try to stain the entire piece at once; work in small chunks that you can stain and wipe down without leaving the stain on too long. This part will require two clean rags, one to use as the initial wiper and the second to use for detailing.
Apply a solid layer of stain over an area. Immediately use your first rag to wipe away the stain, which will leave the teal color with that gorgeous antiqued-feel. Use the second rag as a detailing cloth to remove excess stain in detailed areas.
The stain should be utilized as a complete opposite as the sanding, meaning where the stain should be boldest is in cracks and spaces that are lower in the wood. After allowing the stain to dry for about 8 hours your project is complete.
Antiqued teal is a great compliment to any room. This shelf can be a gorgeous focal point on a wall. Mix and match your favorite farmhouse decor accents on the shelf, and watch as it all meshes together in an appealing overall look that gives off warmth and character. For more ideas to complement your country home decor, check out businesses like Decor Steals.