I found this old,dated, vintage cabinet at a local thrift store. it’s a good heavy piece of furniture, but it looked really 1970’s Mediterranean. I knew it had a ton of potential it just need to have the knobs moved and be re-painted something for a more updated take. That dark wood is a light sucker and not a good wood tone. Paint was the answer, but after painting, I also grey-washed it… which is sooo much easier than you think. If you’re leaning towards Cottagecore style, this cabinet makeover with gray washing a great makeover technique for you!
First I gave the cabinet a wash,and a light sanding. I know those of you who use chalky paint will argue against this. That’s fine, I learned the old fashioned way, so I always give it a quick once over. In fact, you can read some answers I have on how to paint furniture here.
I wanted to change the knob placement, so the first thing I did was fill in the old holes with wood putty, let it dry, and if needed refilled them.If you put a piece of painter’s tape in the back of the hole; it keeps the wood putty from squishing out.
One your putty is dry, sand the excess off until it’s flat, and you can’t feel any raised holes. You may need to repeat this several times when filling old knob holes.
Then re-mark and drill your new knob holes. Once your holes are drilled it’s ready to paint as long as your wood putty is dried and flat.
I like using one of these wet erase chalk markers to mark my holes for drilling, it shows up on dark wood and wipes off super easy if need be.
After I did a base coat of a paint with primer in it, the fun part of the cabinet makeover with gray washing starts!
Grey-washing is tot glazing/antiquing with a gray paint mixture. I use a 50/50 mixture of white/black craft/art paint and a touch of water to make it have a creamy texture that’s easy to work with.
It’s so easy. With a soft brush, paint on some of the grey-wash and with a very slightly damp paper towel,kind of rub-in, lift off at the same time.
On this piece you can see the difference between the left and the right.
It deepens the color and can tone down something a bit bright. Just don’t over work it or you can start lifting paint. I did a slight distressing with my sanding block. When you’re done, let it dry and then you seal your piece with either a polyacrylic or a furniture wax. In fact, if you want to know which you should use, you can see this post here.
And I love the knobs. New knobs really freshen up a piece of furniture. It gives it a fun look and really improves the cabinet makeover.
*This was posted Via Jennifer Rizzo. com