Sometimes you try to re-create the familiar formality of your childhood home only to realize, it’s not really your style. I clung to this sentiment for many years, including trying to create a room worthy of the antique candelabras I inherited from my mother. I finally gave up when I found earlier this year the most amazing dining room table, slightly distressed, at Revival (Uncommon Good) located on historic warehouse row in Chattanooga, TN. The double pedestal table with a wrought iron flourish for a base has a white-washed distressed top. Of all the home fashion trends, I think distressed has to be my favorite because let’s be honest. My life is always a little distressed and perfectly not quite perfect.
Years ago, my parents gave me a set of cherry Queen Anne dining room chairs and I hated to get rid of the sentimental pieces. In steps decorative painting artist Brooks Tucker, www.bella-tucker.com who came up with the solution. Brooks had previously worked his faux finish magic on my blah brown screen porch when he added a distressed, harlequin pattern making this space uber fun.
Wife and business partner, Dana, stays on the cutting-edge of all that is new and wonderful in paint products, finishes and style. She suggested a new product, Chalk Paint, created by Annie Sloan. This revolutionary product does not require sanding and priming before you paint the furniture. According to Dana, it distresses easily and looks great with a waxed finish. Still a little unsure, I checked out Dana’s recently re-furbished television hutch atwww.facebook.com/bellatucker using this technique. I was amazed at how their boring TV hutch was transformed.
Thinking of going toward blue with the chair finish, Dana wisely steered me toward “Paris Grey” and friend/decorator Lisha Pope helped me find a delicious blue for the seat fabric. Convinced I’d need to sell the chairs and start over, Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes transformed my ordinary chairs into shabby-chic wonders. Check them out at (www.bella-tucker.com)