Making new paint look old

I love the look of old, aged and worn. It shows in my scrapbooking and mixed-media projects and I’ve managed to carry it over to my furniture pieces that I redesign.

I’ve tried to do clean and neat – honest I have. It just doesn’t work for me. It never feels finished. So even though this vintage cabinet looked so dang cute once the paint was done I knew I was going to distress it and add some age to that new paint and stain.

This little guy was pretty darn sturdy but the back flap was loose and when I removed the door from the cubby the framing on that was loose as well so I realigned everything and glued, screwed and clamped all the pieces back together.

cabinet door fix

The next day everything was tight and good to go. After a good sanding and cleaning the piece was ready for paint. I used a mix of Behr and my Pixie Dust Paint Company additive to mix my own chalk-type paint.

cabinet side detail

I painted the entire cabinet in the green paint and used white stain on the drawers and door.

cabinet drawer front

To get that aged, worn look on the new paint I apply Dark Umber furniture wax, which is a dark wax from Vintage Market & Design. I do not use clear wax first. I apply the dark wax directly to the new paint and you can see how in my video.

This vintage cabinet is solid and sturdy and has years of life to give to somebody. It’s available and you can find the info in our Etsy shop and on our Facebook page: facebook.com/gdoorstudio.

green and white cabinet w logo

cabinet door open logo

Framing it up shabby style!

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I’m having a good time this month as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. And to add just a bit more excitement to my first post, we’re also hopping with Ranger and using Beacon Adhesives! So let the fun begin!
 
Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger’s Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off-color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here’s the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer: Me!
 
 
This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, “Holiday Celebrations,” and for the entire month we will demonstrate ways to use Beacon Adhesives‘ entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here’s mine:
 
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This is my version of shabby chic. I started with Dreamweaver Stencil LX7001, Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap and Grunge Paper; Beacon’s Gem-Tac, and a basic mirror frame from Ikea.
 
I began by spreading the embossing paste through the Dreamweaver Stencil onto two sheets of the Grunge Paper and let it sit to dry for a bit. While the paste was drying I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso then the Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
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When the embossing paste was dry I sliced the Grunge Paper into random squares and rectangles then painted some with Ranger’s Bundled Sage Distress Paint and the rest with Victorian Velvet. When those were dry I did a glaze effect on the squares by dabbing on the Frayed Burlap then taking a damp cloth and wiping it off.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_2I smeared Ranger’s Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint on each piece and again left them to dry. I loved the way the edges curled up and down from the wet paint and crackle medium and decided that’s how I would apply the pieces to the frame. Beacon’s Gem-Tac adhesive is perfect for this technique because it tacks up quickly. For pieces where the edges curled up I applied the Gem-Tac to the center and where the edges curled down I put a thin line of Gem-Tac along those edges and placed the pieces on the frame.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_4As the Clear Crackle Paint dries it leaves a nice grazing on the pieces. The glaze effect with the Frayed Burlap really highlights the stenciled design.
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It really presents itself as a shabby-chic look with the curled and raised edges.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_6Thanks for dropping by and make sure to visit others on this hop to see some fabulous gift and holiday inspirations!