I've been working on a piece I've had stashed away in the basement for quite a while. When I first got it (MANY moons ago) it was just a plain old brown ugly thing I got from the thrift store. I don't recall how much it was, but back then things were priced pretty well. That was way before thrifting became so popular and prices starting skyrocketing! (But that's a whole other topic!)
I am excellent at painting walls... so why not this? I thought I'd try my hand at it. At the time (again, MANY moons ago), crackle finish was all the rage. I didn't want to put it all over my walls, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. Who knows what I was thinking because this is how it turned out.
I KNOW! Hideous right? Okay, so do-over time!
Anyway, it really is a good solid piece of furniture and just the right size to store all of our extra winter blankets. I wanted to try something a little different and I've seen a few ideas in the blogoshpere that looked interesting. I had never stained wood over paint, but apparently it can be done.
So I started with some old paint I had in the garage... I was surprised it could still be mixed up. But I'm cheap and didn't want to go buy anything special for it. So it would have to do. It's just a creamy whitish tan color. Two coats of that and left to dry.
Next I used Minwax stain in Ebony. I wanted something different. Once I got it on there and started to wipe it off, it just looked too gray for my taste. So I experimented and put some Dark Walnut stain over the top of that. Ooooh... that looks cool!
I basically had to play around with it and work it onto the surface to get the look I wanted. So I applied it on with a brush and then wiped it off with an old t-shirt. Then took a dry brush and worked it in some more.
When it was FINALLY dry... like after 2 days!... I applied a thin coat of satin poly and added some cute knobs from Hobby Lobby. Here's how my second attempt turned out.
I love how some of the previous crackle still shows through!
I think it looks MUCH better! But I've contemplated adding just a little something else on the top. Maybe a monogram? Or a stencil of some sort? What do you think? Any suggestions would be awesome!
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