I always like to mix things up a bit and step out of my comfort zone. When it comes to my furniture projects I am not scared of making mistakes, not because I am fearless but because I figure if it doesn’t work out then I can always strip the piece and start again. No harm, no foul! When I bought this cabinet I knew instantly what I wanted her to look like, she screamed country to me. I could see her sitting in a cute little country cottage kitchen or greeting everyone as they entered a farmhouse. She was pretty beaten up and not well cared for, years of neglect had caused a huge crack in her top and her finish had been worn off. I knew I wanted to retain this worn and weathered look with my makeover.
So I sanded back the top, repaired the crack and stained it with Feast Watson Stain in Elm. I painted the body with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green, then I used puck wax on the edges and patches where I wanted wearing to show. I created a custom colour mix using Antibes Green and Old Ochre (I don’t have a formula as I just mixed until I had the colour I liked). Using an almost dry brushing technique (not heavy but enough to still see the layer beneath in patches) I applied one coat of my custom colour. Then I painted the door middles and drawer with Old Ochre. Once the paint was dry I HEAVILY distressed. I wanted her to look like she had been painted a couple of times and the paint had worn down to show the layer beneath. I was very aggressive with my distressing. You can see in the close-ups the two-tone quality I achieved with the green paint. I kinda love her now, she is a beauty. I finished her look with Clear Cut Glass Knobs from D. Lawless Hardware which gives her just a little sparkle! Because every country girl needs a little bling!
The inside I painted pure Antibes Green.
This week’s free printable was inspired by this little cabinet, because she is after all (like a lot of us!) a country girl at heart!
What do you think of her makeover? Are you a fan of HEAVY distressing? This one was definitely an experiment for me because as you know I am not a huge fan of heavily distressed furniture, but I also think we should learn to challenge ourselves and I have to say it was fun creating this one.
Compensation for this post was made by D Lawless Hardware. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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