I thought the golden pine finish was a little bit dated, and I thought the pieces might be a little heavy for the room. I thought about making them dark like my TV cabinet, but then decided a lighter color would be better. The smaller cabinet holds my music for piano students and the larger one holds my sewing supplies, but since they stand right by where people come in and out of my home, I didn’t want them to be so prominent. So, I decided on the whitewashed finish that I have on my faux fireplace (see the fireplace feature here).
The point of no return…cabinet doors ready for priming.
First, I primed both cabinets in white. A primer like BIN primer by Zinsser or Bulls-eye by Zinsser, or Kilz works best on shiny or non-porous surfaces. The primer dried quickly.
Then, I base-coated the cabinets. Since I was planning to do a glaze finish, I chose a pecan color (kind of orangy brown). A dark gold would work well, or a cherry color, depending on the look you’re going for. My base color is the middle one on the swatch.
I chose a good interior paint with a lifetime warranty. I used a satin finish because the glaze can said this would work better than flat.
The instructions on the glaze can say to let it dry 24 hours before glazing. I’m way to impatient for that, but I know you’d follow the directions. So please, follow the rules. After it has dried for *cough* 24 hours, you’re ready to glaze.
I used a Dutchboy glaze that comes in a gallon pail and you mix it with latex paints to tint it. It’s supposed to be mixed one part paint and 4 parts glaze. I eyeballed these amounts, but you can measure if you like precision.
To make my cabinets look whitewashed, I used white paint in my glaze. Now, you’re probably wondering what I went and painted that darker color on for if I was planning to just paint them white. Well, that’s a good question. When I did my fireplace finish, I painted a darker color, painted white over and then sanded off some edges to make it appear aged. With this cabinet, I didn’t want to sand for fear I’d end up with the yellow pine showing through. The glaze gives me the freedom to wipe off some glaze here and there while it is wet to get that aged look. The darker color underneath gives me some color depth when I play with the glaze.
Because I’m artsy and I like blending and shading, I mixed up three glazes. The largest one was white. Then I mixed a little with the background color and a darker brown so I could streak on other colors.
Working in patches that wouldn’t dry too quickly, I painted on the white glaze, allowing it to be a little streaky. Then I used a damp cotton rag to gently, very gently, remove a little of the glaze on some of the edges and in a few other places. Then I dipped just the corner of my brush into a brown or pecan colored glaze and touched it here and there, blending it well.
I’m guessing it’s taboo in the glazing world to go back over areas that have already been coated, but I kept blending and streaking all over the place. I did the cabinet sides the same way.
Here is the finished glaze.
My boys, who have little decorating imagination, came home from school and asked why I had left the cabinets primed. Whatever. In my next post, I’ll show you how I updated the knobs and added a little more pizazz to both cabinets to finish the project.