Hi there! I am in Pittsburgh at the moment for a family wedding; our nephew Nick is marrying his fiance Tabitha tomorrow. Tonight, over 40 of us (including the bride and groom!) are attending a Pirates game together. My husband comes from a sports-loving family, and it’s always loads of fun to be with them. We regularly go to not just baseball games, but Steelers and Penguins games as well.
But I planned ahead and have a vintage makeover for you today. I mentioned earlier in the week that I had purchased a newer corner cupboard to use for display in my antique booth. Well, before I placed it in my booth, I painted and waxed it to give it a distinctly vintage look. I think you’ll agree that it looks so much better now than it did originally.
I only had a few days to accomplish this project because I needed to get it out of my foyer (where I do many a DIY project!) before guests arrived for a weekend birthday party.
This shot gives you an idea of the “lovely” unfinished, orange-y, pine that I had to ignore in order to see its true potential. Though not terribly old, I knew I could give it an attractive vintage makeover.
BTW, if you’re wondering, I did paint the undersides of the shelves; I just waited until I put the cupboard up on a table to paint the bottom half–easier on the neck that way. Handy Tip: Set your piece of furniture on wooden blocks so when you paint the bottom you’ll get a cleaner edge than if it sat directly on newspaper or plastic.
Before painting, I removed the door hinges–much quicker and easier than trying to paint around them. Handy Tip: Place each hinge and set of nails in a labeled baggie (I labeled my “top” and “bottom”). In the past, I’ve had trouble when I’ve mixed up hinges; sometimes they aren’t interchangeable. Trust me, I know!
I painted the first coat with pale, pale yellow “oops” paint and the second with light taupe “oops” paint, both of which I had on hand. For the inside of the door (a little surprise), I used Sherwin Williams sample of “Infinity Falls.” [In actual fact, I ran out of both the yellow and taupe paint, so I had to go with plan “B,” lol.
I decided to paint the body with different colors to see what happens when you sand back the top layer a little to let both the bottom layer and a bit of the original wood color show through. Below you’ll get to see some of that.
After painting and sanding, I applied a coat of homemade dark wax to the entire surface, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then buffed it. The dark wax makes the exposed wood a little darker and gets into the lines left from the paint brush, which helps create the vintage look you’re after.
I didn’t go crazy with the distressing, mostly because I was in a bit of a hurry. BTW, remember this painted horse?
In this shot (on the right), you can see the buttery color showing through the light taupe, topped with the dark wax.
You can see some of that in this photo as well.
And here’s the finished product. Now in my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center in Troy (NY), priced at $125. For anyone who thinks, “I can’t do that!” Trust me, you can: (1) Paint (2) Sand Paper (3) Dark Wax. Boom. Vintage-style furniture. It’s that easy.
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