Coastal Cabinet

Hi all!  I wanted to share a recent makeover of a tall pine cabinet.

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A friend who happens to also be a client of mine recently asked me to paint this cabinet for her.  As it is going in her beach house, she wanted a weathered, coastal look for the piece.  I often like to use a “washed” effect on furniture where I let some of the wood grain show and think it can be a great way to give a coastal vibe to pieces .  But given that the cabinet had many dark knot holes, I realized I would be unable to do that with this piece.  Here is the only “before” photo I have, captured after a few paint samples were applied.

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After having a look at the color samples, my client decided on the color Elegance, a muted greenish blue from Country Chic Paint.  Knowing I needed to cover these knot holes, I painted the cabinet with completely opaque coverage.  When done, I thought the finish was looking very “flat” and not at all like what I imagined for a coastal inspired piece.  I was unsure as to how to remedy the problem when right then,  the UPS driver arrived with my latest order from Country Chic Paint.  Inside were two shades of their brand new glaze.  Perhaps this was just what this cabinet needed!  The photo below is courtesy of Country Chic Paint and shows the four color options available.

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The colors are graphite (a dark cool grey), topaz (a dark cool  chocolate brown), and tiger’s eye (a mahogany brown with a warm undertone) as well as a clear that you tint with paint.  I decided to try some of the graphite thinking that grey and blue are always a good combination.  I simply used a paintbrush to paint it on in small sections, wiping off each section before starting another.  In this photo the graphite glaze has been applied to the door on the left and wiped off.

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Coating the dark glaze over such a light color can take a bit more work to ensure the color doesn’t look too uneven.  After snapping this photo I wiped off more of of the glaze, concentrating on the areas I felt were too dark.  I then repeated the same process over the entire piece working in small sections at a time.  After I had wiped off as much of the glaze that I could,  I let it dry.  Glazing results in a smooth finish with no sanding required.  However, because I was hoping for a more coastal look, I thought using 400 grit sandpaper to expose some of the paint through the glaze would achieve that.  And it did!  The cabinet is now a beautiful greyish blue with lots of dimension and variations in color, almost like a weathered wood.  I finished the cabinet with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish.  This is becoming my go to topcoat as it provides a matte finish with no yellowing or brush strokes.

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That weathered effect is evident over the entire piece though it is a bit difficult to capture in photos other than close ups.

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Washed Gray China Cabinet

Hello all!  I have another makeover to share, this time a china cabinet.

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This piece was found on craigslist, here is the original photo from the ad.

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As you can see, the piece has very pretty lines and a good amount of storage.  What you can’t see in the photo is that the finish is in poor condition with scratches, dings, and uneven wear over the whole piece.  I felt paint could fix that and give this tired cabinet an updated and fresh feel.  I chose Country Chic’s Lazy Linen, a soft gray, for the exterior and Elegance, a muted blue/green, for the interior.   Country Chic paint covers extremely well but because I wanted to create more of a “washed” look, I thinned the paint with water so that I would achieve less opaque coverage.  In order to keep paint off of the glass, I slipped pages of a catalogue under the fretwork and after one coat of paint, here is how it looked.

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I added a second coat of paint and then sanded the entire exterior with fine grit sandpaper.   This blended the paint, gave the piece a very smooth feel, and highlighted the details.  I then topped it with two coats of Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish.  This stuff is awesome!  It goes on very easily, gives a completely matte finish, doesn’t yellow, and leaves no brush strokes.

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I like using formal pieces like this in a more casual setting and opted to fill it with simple white dishes, our everyday cloth napkins, and silver flatware. Besides providing beautiful storage in a kitchen or dining room, a piece like this would also look lovely in a bath filled with fluffy white towels and apothecary items or as a bar stocked with entertaining essentials.

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The silver belonged to my late grandmother.  Many years ago as I young child  I mentioned that I thought it was beautiful.  Years later, just before she passed away, my grandmother remembered that comment and made sure the silver was passed along to me.  It’s one of my most cherished possessions, I’m reminded of her every single time I use it.

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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this makeover!

 

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