Tuesday, January 29, 2019

an elegant chest in elegance

Sometimes when you're refinishing a piece of furniture you start with one plan and it goes sideways - in a good way - and naturally comes together on it's own, coat by coat.  This is one of those pieces - and for the life of me I cannot find the before photo!

This was a solid oak piece and even though it was nice it lacked any presence.  It needed a refresh! my first inclination was to strip and stain the top and paint the rest of it a creamy white - classic, right? I decided maybe it would look better and more cohesive in one colour because it's a small piece, and so I gave it one coat of Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint. I just wasn't feeling it at all:

Not bad, but meh. And yes it is sitting on my dining room table - between the winter temps and my shop not wanting to warm up and a new puppy in the house the table was the only safe place!  I couldn't see it finished in my mind - and when I start a piece I usually know exactly what I want the end result to be.  So at this point I had two choice: sand it off and start over, or roll with it.  Because sanding isn't my favourite job, I opted for choice number two and just roll with it!

I opened up my paint cupboard and tried to find a colour I hadn't used in a while but that still had a classic feel to it. I ultimately chose Elegance from Country Chic Paint - a blue grey.  I gave it two coats.

I loved the colour but then was at another impasse.  Did I want to leave it as a solid colour and add a stamp? Transfer? Pattern? I honestly left it sitting for a few days and decided to distress it and see what happened - and I loved it! Not only did the wood show through, but so did the Vanilla Frosting paint, giving it a worn and aged look.

Now for the finish work - I needed to add some depth, but I didn't want to go with wax because I wanted to give this a hard finish coat.  I pulled out Smoky Quartz and Slate glaze, unsure if I wanted to go with a brown or grey tone.  I tried them both and The Slate Glaze from Country Chic Paint toned beautifully with Elegance.  After applying a slip coat of Clear Coat (Country Chic Paint), I glazed it, let it dry and then gave it two more coats of Clear Coat.

I love the depth and character this piece has now.  All the pretty carved details stand out now because of the layers of paint and the glaze sitting in all the grooves and low points.

If a piece you're working on isn't going as planned, take a step back and see how you can just roll with it and create something organically that is better than what you were originally going for!

I love working with Country Chic Paint.  If you would like to order any of the products I used for this project, or anything else on their site, use code FARM10 for 10% off your purchase!

Monday, January 21, 2019

creating a weathered distressed look for a china cabinet

Long time no chat friends! I took a longer than anticipated break, and while I don't feel any more rested - ha! - I do feel very ready to get back to work!

In December I finished a few projects up that I didn't get time to share with you.  This is one of them:

A customer brought me this china cabinet to refinish for her and requested a very worn and weathered look.  A great way to do this is to layer colours.  She chose Vanilla Frosting and Cobblestone - both from Country Chic Paint.

I started by giving the entire cabinet two coats of Vanilla Frosting.  As a base layer it wasn't necessary to do two full coats, but I like to be in full control of the distressing finish work, so I like to have a solid finish to start with.  When it was fully dry, I gave the cabinet two light coats of Cobblestone, leaving the interior of the cabinet Vanilla for contrast.  I love the look of it!

My customer wanted this cabinet heavily distressed so that it had a weathered look.  I used a combination of 180 and 220 grit sandpaper - any lower can sometimes result in a scratched look and I definitely didn't want that.

I left the top doors off for photos - but I really actually like the look of it open!

I vacuumed and wiped it down after distressing to make sure there was no dust left before I topcoat it.  I used Country Chic Paint's Clear Coat to topcoat the entire piece, using three light coats.

I love refinishing china cabinets - especially ones that have great bones but dated finishes! The transformation is always great!

If you'd like to order the colours I used for this project, and anything else you might need, use code FARM10 for 10% off your order from Country Chic Paint!