Do you love the aged look of antique furniture, but don’t have the time to sit there and wait for it to reach an old age? To save to a whole lot of time, you can fast forward the distressing process with a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Royal Design Studio Stencils! Distressing a cabinet is the process of making it look aged, producing the appearance of the wear and tear that is usually caused by time. The beauty of this DIY worn finish is it is very forgiving and it can add loads of charm and character to your home, much like actual antiques do. Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies loves this DIY idea and jumped at the chance to try this “chippy” look herself. Let’s see what steps she took to get this cabinet looking like a damsel in distress:
- Picaya Quiver Feather Furniture Stencil
- Royal Stencil Brushes
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey, Old White, and Pure White
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Shutter Gray and Tough Coat
- Fusion Mineral Paint Bee’s Wax Finish
- Palm Sander, Sandpaper in 80, 120 and 220 grit, Clear Shellac, Denatured Alcohol, Vacuum, Paper Towels
Step 1: Sand your cabinet with a palm sander to remove the current finish. Then vacuum all the sanding dust and chipping paint. Wash the piece first with denatured alcohol, then with water. Once you let the cabinet dry, apply two coats of clear shellac to prevent bleed through.
Step 2: If you’re love the popular coastal farmhouse look as much as Danielle does, you should paint the entire cabinet with shabby chic white and blue paint. She first painted the entire cabinet in Paris Gray Chalk Paint® with the original finish peeking through. Then, she mixed equal parts Pure White and Old White Chalk Paint® to create just the color she wanted and randomly painted over the first paint layer. Let dry.
Step 3: If you want a revived wood top, like Danielle did, than you need to give it new life by sanding down the existing poly and stain. Use 80 grit sandpaper to remove the finish. Then use 120grit followed by 220 grit sandpaper to finish off the area and get the top to its original wood character.
Step 4: Time for some stenciling! You can use any Furniture Stencil you like to decorate the entire cabinet or just the door recesses. For this distressed timeless, timeworn look, we recommend going for a stencil pattern that stands the test of time. Danielle gravitated towards the beautiful Picaya Quiver Furniture Stencil with a design reminiscent of feathers or bundles of wheat – very coastal farmhouse when paired with Danielle’s calming color scheme. When it comes time to stencil, remember this important tip: Use the offloading method to
stencil. This means to load the stencil brush with paint, and then offload the excess paint by swirling the brush on a paper towel. After offloading, paint the stencil design using a swirling motion.
Step 5: Use the palm sander to sand over the stenciled area as well as the rest of the cabinet.
Step 6: It’s time to seal the deal! Put you and your new damsel in distress at ease by applying Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. Now, you can rest assured that your chipped cabinet will not continue to chip off.
The moral of this story? Look for old furniture pieces that you would otherwise overlook! You can “age” furniture with simply paint and
Royal Design Studio Stencils. There’s no need to shop the expensive antique store or wait 50 years until a piece wears with age. Simply do it yourself!
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