Do you struggle with how to update furniture? Do you have a piece of furniture that serves it’s function perfectly but isn’t exactly beautiful to look at? If so, you are in the right place!
I scored this amazing cabinet at an estate sale last year for only $20! $20! Can you believe that? The legs were broken and some sweet person doing the pricing (my best friend, whoever you were!) must have assumed it’s purpose was gone. Wrong! I simply took off the legs and had an amazing cabinet to store all of my kitchen overflow in. It’s functionality was perfect but I knew I wanted to change the appearance.
After living with it for awhile I decided to paint it a deep green. Sherwin Williams Roycroft Bottle Green to be exact. I loved it but no surprise (as my husband would say) I changed my mind after a few months. The green was gorgeous but was just too dark for our dining room that gets no natural light.
Update furniture with texture and patina
Texture Powder: Country Chic Paint Texture Powder
Milk Paint: Old Barn Milk Paint in Silo
Update Furniture using texture powder
In order to get the look I was going for I knew I first needed to paint over the green in a lighter color. I hand painted 2 layers of Country Chic Paint in Lazy Linen. This is a beautiful light grey, almost white really.
After I had the cabinet completely covered with the lighter paint I used Zinsser shellac over the entire piece. I wanted my finished product to chip only back to this light colored layer and not to the green color underneath. Applying the shellac is basically sealing everything underneath it. Once the shellac was dry I mixed up my texture powder. You want to use equal parts paint and powder and mix until you get a smooth, peanut butter like consistency. For my cabinet I used Driftwood paint, a soft brown.
Once the correct consistency is achieved you can start placing “peaks” with your paintbrush. I try to mainly stay around the edges but I do apply a good amount. The product dries fairly quick and you can manipulate it a little as it is hardening. Gently flatten any areas that might be too high. At this point it was dinner time and so I left the cabinet to sit for the evening. The next day I lightly sanded over the texture and then applied Old Barn Milk Paint in the Silo color. With milk paint you never really know what you are going to get as far as chipping. I painted 2 coats and was happy with the chipping. It looks natural and highlights the texture powder amazingly!
Update Furniture by adding character with texture
Finally, to finish the cabinet I used furniture wax and sealed the entire piece. This adds durability and also deepens the paint color beautifully.
So what do you think? Do you have a piece of furniture that you can update with texture and patina? I forgot to tell you the best part about this piece- it’s not even real wood! Totally fake laminate and it looks like an old wood piece with patina and a story to tell, doesn’t it?!
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