I bought this beautiful cabinet at auction months and months ago. I have be so indecisive about how to paint it. Initially I painted it bright white but thought it looked too new and clean for that beautiful shape. I then thought I would paint it how I painted the coat hooks that i made from the top part of the cabinet. However once I had started painting it Duck Egg Blue I thought how it really limited the people who may purchase it. While I think it would look stunning I think it would be very limited in whose house it could live. Sometimes it's not about the art but about making furniture that sells relatively quickly. Unfortunately.
Anyway I then decided to paint it in ASCP Old White with dark wax for antiquing. the inside is Duck Egg Blue for a pop of contrasting colour.
The cabinet is not vintage but comes from probably the last 30 years and was made in Australia. I wanted it to look old and something that may have come from France. The dark wax is perfect for this.
Using dark wax to antique this is a big job. It also didn't help that the cabinet sat for about three months in my bedroom half finished while I came to terms with how it was progressing. Not that I'm unhappy with how it is, I just got busy with more pressing pieces and also probably because I'm not absolutely in love with using dark wax that I kept putting it off and off. Yesterday my nephew came and helped me with some other work and then looked after my kids while I finished it.
The light in my bedroom in the late afternoon is not the best for photos in this particular spot as there is a ray down the front of the cabinet that makes the colour look different - see on the RHS door. it looks very pale but it's just the sunlight. I didn't have time to take more photos this morning.
Here are a couple of progress shots. It started out badly discoloured pine with a bookshelf hutch on top. Can you believe I forgot t take a photo with the hutch on top but here is the base.
I then painted it bright white but the pine bled and bled even with Zinsser.
The side panels are amazing also.
So I sealed the pine bleeding and looked at different colour options.
I would have loved it like this: but would it have sold? too late now...
oh well it is finished now and for sale. The top is super smooth and glossy. I spent ages getting a beautiful surface, lots of buffing.
If you are interested in purchasing or viewing this, please let me know.
If you've had a piece that you are painting that you can't make up your mind on can you leave a comment so I feel a bit better about how long this one has taken me!
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