Monday, May 17, 2010

Creating A Distressed Finish On Furniture - Part 2

In my last post I showed the first steps taken to create a distressed finish on the cabinet being placed in the Home Office Redesign. After the cabinet was lightly sanded, primed and covered with a quick layer of base paint, SW 7026 Griffin, the next step was to apply the top coat.


The color used was SW 7044 Amazing Gray, and again I didn't bother to paint with too much care. And by the way, this color is indeed amazing! I'll be talking about this color again soon as it is being used in another space I am working on.


Here, the paint was applied quickly with a "flat brush", so that the color would not be pushed into the holes and ridges on the surface of the wood. This allowed the base color to show through in these spots.


With this quick, the messier the better approach, the cabinet and drawers were painted in no time. After the paint dried, I ran sand paper along the edges and other raised areas of the cabinet and then reattached the original hardware.


I was absolutely thrilled with how the aged brown hardware looked with the newly stained countertop and pull out surface.


And when the cabinet was moved back into the office from the garage...pure happiness! Look how great the stained top looks underneath the frames and images on the chalkboard wall.


The cabinet also looked good in the room, but something was missing. I decided if I were to add highlights across the surfaces, with a lighter paint, this would create an additional dimension, adding to the distressed look of the piece.


Using SW 6141 Softer Tan paint on a fan brush, this color was "dry brushed" across the raised surfaces of the cabinet. Can you see it? It's not showing up that well in the photos, but it has added a lot to the overall look.



And finally, the last step was to scrape away little bits of paint to reveal the layers beneath.


Once these steps are also done to the cabinet sides, as well as the drawers, this project will be done!! Hopefully tomorrow there will be a finished result to show you, unless I dream up yet another step to add to this process. I am discovering this type of project could be worked on forever, adding layer upon layer of distressing. But I think the trick is knowing when to stop!

25 comments :

  1. This looks great and the most important thing is that it means something to you. I can't wait to see how it fits into the entire room. Beautiful!

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  2. OOOOOooooOOO. I am so virtually jealous right now. It's beautiful. Fabulous job you did.

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  3. You are working that out! It looks great, Janell! Seriously! I can't wait to see the finished cabinet!

    Have a great night!

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  4. I can see why you're inspired! very cute to have added that;-)

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  5. This is looking so good. I love it. Hugs, Marty

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  6. This is looking good! It is really brining out the character. I agree with you that knowing when to stop is definitely a challenge - You seem to have found that point.

    Very nice - looking forward to seeing the final room assembled.

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  7. WOW Janell, you are really showing off! This should make you husband very happy now that you are again focused on his space...men...

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  8. It looks amazing! I hope your husband likes it too.

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  9. I'm liking the way this is turning out. Isn't so much more fun to paint when it doesn't have to be perfect? :-)

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  10. Pk, you have it right! Painting with no need for perfection is so much easier than painting with the opposite goal! This project has proven to be easier than I thought it would be.
    Janell

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  11. It looks FANTASTIC!!! You could always rub some stain over it to give it more of that aged look. If you use one with poly it would also help protect it. Just a suggestion...what do I know? :)

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  12. It looks beautiful, Janell! I love that topcoat color, too. I'm interested in hearing where/how else you are using this color. I think you're right ~ it's knowing WHEN to stop {but isn't that the case with most decorating}. : )

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  13. Looks great Janell!

    xo,
    cristin

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  14. I've realized that nothing is perfect, so I don't stress when I paint anymore! Yours on the other hand always looks amazing! Love it!

    I am having my 1st giveaway and would love for you to stop by!

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  15. This is looking fabulous! I can't wait to see the final pics in the room!

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  16. It is looking grand! This is my fave way to paint! Haphazard...no rules. I did an armoire like that and LOVED it!

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  17. This project has been so inspiring for me. I love the look you have achieved but I always end up putting on a full coat of paint and filling every nook and cranny. I MUST try this next time I paint. Thankyou so much.
    Angex

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  18. It is perfectly imperfect and I love it!! The dry brushing technique you did gave it the perfect highlighting finish. I think it looks even better then before!

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  19. Janell, you should become a professional faux painter! Seriously. This looks incredibly authentic.

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  20. Fabulous job! It's funny how the smallest little touches can make such a difference in the overall look (like the lighter paint).

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  21. Such a great idea, it fits in perfect! I can not wait until this project is finished. Its going to look amazing. :)

    Sarah

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