Cabinets and Buffets

Farmhouse Shabby Cabinet

Finding the right furniture for a white farmhouse makeover means having to pass up some styles that don’t fit.  Colonial and mid-century modern styles won’t look farmhouse even when painted and distressed.  Those styles were made later than the original farmhouse, so to speak.  Older pieces work better.  Look for details and architecture such as raised or inset panels, scrolling and trim features. 

Dark base wood color enables contrast distressing needs to sets off the details. 

If the piece you find isn’t already made from dark stained wood, paint it a base coat of a very dark color first. 

Before painting the main color first decide which method you’ll use to distress. 

Most of the time distressing is created by sanding the edges and details.  That works for dark wood.  If you are needing to paint the dark base coat, sanding won’t work very well.   The dark paint comes off with the sanding.  Instead, use a paint resist method for creating farmhouse distress.  Apply Vaseline or paste wax in the areas you would otherwise sand, the edges, raised details, corners and sparingly on the body.  That way there, the top paint color won’t adhere there and the dark base color will show.  I like using the resist method.  It’s fun. 

I have to make myself use white to achieve a farmhouse look.

Otherwise I pick some crazy color and then I loose the farmhouse feel.  It doesn’t have to be plain white.  There are so many different whites to choose from but stay away from whites with blue, green, or yellow tints.  Stay in very light neutral ranges like gray or beige whites. 

It’s traditional without being fussy, classic without being like a museum, and comfortable in a way that makes you want to put your feet up and stay awhile – The Spruce

Sloppy paint 2 coats. 

That was hard also.  I’m a precise painter that pays attention to brush strokes and complete coverage in every nook and cranny.  To me, farmhouse isn’t prissy, fancy or precise.  I left some corners intentionally without paint and some see through brush strokes on the second coat.  It was weird to  leave it that way but in the end, it paid off.

80 Grit distress for making good scratches and well worn looking edges.

Beware, 80 grit doesn’t take much elbow grease and minimal sanding passes so don’t over do the hand pressure. 

Handles that came with this cabinet were already awesome.  They took a little silver rub-n-buff for a little bling and became super awesome.

Half treated with silver Rub-N-Buff
Finished with silver Rub-N-Buff

Despite my efforts to prevent tannin (oil stain) bleed through from the wood, some still did.  Argh!  The frustrating part is bleed through doesn’t show until a water based top coat is applied.  I left it.  There are a few spots.  If I weren’t going for a rustic style, I would have primed or shellac and painted it again. 

Sold at Antique Mercantile 3-17-18

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