After all the great feedback on the How to Paint Furniture post, I’ve invited my good buddy Thea to share her DIY rustic glam paint finish with you <3
Hey guys! Thea here from That Sweet Tea Life and Im just stopping in to share with you DIY Rustic Decor you will LOVE! Some of us have a hard time working DIY Rustic Decor into our space but with just the right balance of color and a touch of glam, you can really make it the perfect statement with an old piece of forgotten furniture! Que this really old handed down linen cabinet
I decided I wanted to get really get a blue punch of color that is lovely yet, worn and perfectly subdued. Here is what I would use in my plan of attack:
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The first thing is prep of course. I would use a gentle approach so I could keep all the lovely texture intact!
I sealed everything up with a few layers of sprayed shellac and moved on to painting! First painting Deep Turquoise for the base or as I call it the “crumb coat” then blending Mermaid Kiss, Deep Turquoise, Anchor and even a little Antique Villa over that. Using a scrubby pad I would begin removing a little of the paint from the details as I worked along. I would leave the legs alone so I could play with them later..
Once all the BOLD was added, it was time to create some Gold. Here I would use the Liquid Leaf to begin accenting different areas of the cabinet.
After placing the bits of gold I had to remove the finish here and there to evenly wear the finish.. then the entire piece would receive a color wash. Using black I would go over everything to give an antiqued effect to the paint, the revealed wood, and the gold.. after washing over a clean rag would be used to gently remove any excess.
Now this is where I would typically varnish my piece, however this guy is completely vertical and I don’t have any concerns of high use. Instead I would skip over to using my lovely Lemon Verbena Furniture Salve. Using a nice large natural brush I applied the salve over everything then took the time to wipe away the excess. Furniture Salve is so soft and easy to use, simply moisturizing the piece then gaining hardness for a lovely sealed DIY Rustic Painted painted piece.
And now this may be my favorite yet the most short lived part… assembling and admiring. The perfect DIY Rustic Decor has some Bold, some Gold, and made to look perfectly Old…
I had hoped to marry all the colors in just such a way that the piece looked like it had actually been painted long long ago,.. and then maybe even sat in the corner and miraculously survived a fire! That smokey sense just lingering over the entire piece…
I wanted something to “pop” in the white backdrop of farmhouse decor that would still look like it belonged.
You should be able to notice just a very light subtle ombre…
Still maintaining the perfect amount of smokey black over the entire cabinet. And it’s easier than you think! With the right direction you can do it with whatever color scheme you would like.
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