So, I'm not a builder. Really! Okay, I don't think that picture frames and a doll bed qualify me as a builder, but it's something I'm starting to really love. This build is what I'm adding to my resume for sure! The basic plans can be found here. To get this particular finish follow the steps below.
I started by giving my piece a worn out look, see video on how to achieve this look. I then spray painting my piece with two light coats of Valspar Baby Blue in a satin finish (found at Lowe's) with about a 30 minute drying time between each coat. After the final coat dried I sanded the piece being sure I distressed the edges well and in some flat places as well.
After I sanded and wiped my piece down with a damp cloth I was ready for the stain. This is really where you'll see the 'worn out' look come to life. Using Minwax Dark Walnut stain and an old cotton t-shirt I applied with the grain making sure to saturate the piece especially in any crevices that would hold the stain and accentuate the 'old' look I wanted. I would then quickly wipe away with a clean cloth (this will take some practice to get the exact look you want so I suggest that you practice on a scrap piece of wood first). Minwax recommends that you wait a minimum of 8 hours. I waited at LEAST two days before applying my finishing coat, maybe because I was applying to a ~not as porous as plain wood~ surface or maybe because the North West is rainy and humid this time of year. Anyhow, I waited until the surface was not tacky before I proceeded to the next step.
For the finishing I used two coats Minwax fast-drying Polyurethane in a clear semi-gloss following directions on the back of the can.
Below is an up close of the distressed or aged look I achieved.
The finished product!
The baskets are from Target, their dimensions are: 10" wide, 11.5" deep and 8.5" high but let me tell you that those dimensions are NOT labeled on the tag, I had to go to the automotive/hardware department and 'borrow' a tape measure....thank goodness it wasn't in an enclosed package.☺