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The Skinny on Military Green and distressing painted furniture

So there really isn't just one shade of military green. Even just one swatch of camouflage fabric has all sorts of variations on the hue. But when I think of 'military', this is the first color that comes to mind. 

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It's a green that has a good bit of brown in it, almost almost as if the colors green and taupe had a baby [because colors can have babies, obviously..]. 

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I actually found this dresser already painted this color, but it needed some touch ups. It just so happened the military green I typically use blended with it perfectly [Annie Sloan's Olive]. 

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After doing touch ups, the dresser felt pretty one dimensional, so I opted to sand the edges of the entire piece to give it some depth. This is actually a trick anyone could easily do to any piece of painted furniture they have.  Just make sure that the piece is solid wood before you have at it with a sander!

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If the dresser is made of particle board, MDF, or wood veneers, there's a good chance your foray into distressing furniture will end tragically, or at the very least not as attractively as you'd like! Luckily this guy was entirely made of wood, so sanding it was a breeze. 

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Remember to always sand outdoors whenever possible, especially when using an electric sander.  This is something I constantly bend the rules on, but it really helps with keeping the dust out of your house and out of your hair!

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I also went over the entire piece with some dark wax, just to give the surface a bit more interest. I was imagining this dresser in a home that has lots of industrial and rustic touches, so I didn't want the dresser to look too pristine and polished.

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I styled my shoot outdoors in front of my gigantic Highland Inn sign [things don't get anymore distressed than that!], with an old metal fold up chair, and of course my usual array of styling props.  Old glass bottles, a little wooden shoe form, and some brass deer make for a nice vignette on my deck. Check out this dresser on Craigslist or in my shop.  Here's hoping for a weekend of good furniture finds! Happy Friday :) -Jo