Just finished this 1930’s vintage mahogany china cabinet in French Linen with clear and dark wax.
I love to paint dark pieces of furniture, especially mahogany, because when you sand the chalk paint back there is such a contrast with the wood and paint.
The detailing of the furniture really shows through.
I have also learned to shellac these pieces because if you don’t the red tannins will bleed through.
French Linen has become a favorite of mine lately.
It does help that gray is a hot seller right not.
After sanding china cabinet for over an hour to get the surface really smooth I waxed with a mix of dark and clear wax.
Even though I love working with Annie Sloan waxes and paint I am not a purist. I have been using Johnson’s Past Wax and mixing it with ASCP Dark Wax lately and I kinda like the results. The bonus is that it is not nearly as expensive.
Fortunately this piece had all the original hardware and the scroll work on the glass doors was in excellent condition. This is a good thing, because honestly, the scroll work is a PAIN in the rear to paint.
To add more character to the finish I used a small paint brush to paint dark wax into all the corners and crevices.
Hope you enjoy it.
I found the multi use cabinet at an estate sale. A piece of furniture that you would think would be very common place but I had never seen before.
I wonder if it was used in the kitchen as a jelly cabinet or in a living room to store valuables? It does have a lock on it but of course I do not have the key.
I had to seal the top with shellac prior to painting because of some scratches that went through the finish. This era of furniture is known for bleeding through the paint if it is not sealed before hand leaving orangish red blobs all over the paint. After using Shellac on the cabinet I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk paint.
After painting I sanded the entire piece with a fine grit sanding block using a little more pressure on the edges to get the wood to show through.
I then used Min wax Finishing Wax over the entire surface and buffed until smooth.
The final coat is a Lime Wax by Maison Blanche. By using this Lime Wax it gave the surface a lot more dimension and interest.
This color in the past has never been a favorite of mine but I painted a secretary a few weeks ago using this same technique and I kinda fell in love with it.
This paint is so smooth to the touch that I just love running my hands over the surface. So smooth without being shiny.
It is really pretty outside right now and I am stopping myself from going out in the garage and painting the 2 huge dining room tables I have sitting out there.
They are taking up an incredible amount of room and I would really like the space back.
But I must get the Christmas stuff up.
And the kids always want to help. I try to encourage them to go play in traffic while I am doing this but it does not seem to help.
I did do a little Christmas shopping yesterday.
Why is it that shopping any other day is no big deal but Christmas shopping can leave you exhausted and laying in the aisle having a temper tantrum.
I went to one store and by the time I was done I was practically in the fetal position mumbling incoherently.
I left the store, came home and hid the presents that I had purchased and went out to the garage.
I wanted to finish this crazy little table.
This little three legged table is just a little different from the others.
I really liked the big chunky ornate leg. I think it may be from an antique organ or piano.
But honestly I have no idea.
It is a little funky and a little strange.
I felt a little sorry for it sitting in this warehouse and no one buying it.
Kind of like a three legged dog.
So I bought it.
I painted it in French Linen and waxed it with a combination of clear and dark wax.
Not too bad.
The French Linen is a lot like the Paris Grey but darker.
With just paint…cell phone photo…sorry
Well I am off to put up the tree…there may be alcohol involved.