Coastal Cabinet

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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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



Linking up to:

Savvy Southern Style

Miss Mustard Seed

French Country Cottage

The Painted Drawer

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Finding Silver Pennies

Thoughts from Alice

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  1. says

    The end result is beautiful, even if it was rather labor intensive. I have not yet tried this particular brand of paint? How does it compare to ASCP?

    • says

      Thanks Cynthia! I never thought about using this piece in a bath, the size is perfect for that. If the owner ever tires of it in her living space she could move it there!

  2. says

    So gorgeous! And I love the little ship painting hanging above it, beautiful colors and light. On another note, congrats on being chose as a Miss Mustard favorite this week!

    • says

      Thank you Linda! I love that painting too. I found it in a thrift store and freshened up the frame with some Old White and a bit of sanding. I love easy projects like that! Yes, I was thrilled to be featured this week. After following Marian for so long, it was sort of surreal to have her comment on one of my pieces. It definitely made my weekend!

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