Come read all about how Ann from Farmhouse Blues Interiors created a beachy, coastal look on this piece by refinishing it with Elegance and Graphite glaze!
Hi all! I’m Ann from Farmhouse Blues Interiors again to share another makeover in Country Chic Paint. A friend who happens to also be a client of mine recently asked me to paint this pine cabinet. As it is going in her beach house, she wanted a weathered, coastal look for the piece. I often like to use a “washed” effect on furniture where I let some of the wood grain show and think it can be a great way to give a coastal vibe to pieces. But given that the cabinet had many dark knotholes, I realized I would be unable to do that with this piece. Here is the only “before” photo I have, captured after a few paint samples were applied.
After having a look at the color samples, my client decided on the color Elegance, a muted greenish blue. Knowing I needed to cover these knotholes, I painted the cabinet with completely opaque coverage. When done, I thought the finish was looking very “flat” and not at all like what I imagined for a coastal inspired piece. I was unsure as to how to remedy the problem when right then, the UPS driver arrived with my latest order from Country Chic Paint. Inside were two shades of their brand new glaze. Perhaps this was just what this cabinet needed! The photo below is courtesy of Country Chic Paint and shows the four color options available.
The colors are Graphite (a dark cool grey), Smoky Quartz (a dark cool chocolate brown), and Tiger’s Eye (a mahogany brown with a warm undertone) as well as a clear that you tint with paint. I decided to try some of the graphite thinking that grey and blue are always a good combination. I simply used a paintbrush to paint it on in small sections, wiping off each section before starting another. In this photo the graphite glaze has been applied to the door on the left and wiped off.
Coating the dark glaze over such a light color can take a bit more work to ensure the color doesn’t look too uneven. After snapping this photo I wiped off more of the glaze, concentrating on the areas I felt were too dark. I then repeated the same process over the entire piece working in small sections at a time. After I had wiped off as much of the glaze that I could, I let it dry. Glazing results in a smooth finish with no sanding required. However, because I was hoping for a more coastal look, I thought using 400 grit sandpaper to expose some of the paint through the glaze would achieve that. And it did! The cabinet is now a beautiful greyish blue with lots of dimension and variations in color, almost like a weathered wood.
That effect is evident over the entire piece though it is difficult to capture in photos other than close ups. I will definitely be using this glaze again!
I’m Ann and along with my husband and two lively boys, live just north of Boston in a picturesque small town. And though I named my business Farmhouse Blues three years ago, it was just last year that we moved into a sweet little blue house overlooking a farm. It was meant to be! After my career as an airline pilot was suddenly halted by the events on 9/11, I dabbled in a few other areas but seem to have found my niche in furniture. From well-made but tired older pieces, I strive to create home furnishings that are fresh, inspired, and unique. Just recently I opened up my own space in a beautifully renovated barn and am eager to see where this new adventure takes me. Thanks for reading and please feel free to check out more of my work at Farmhouse Blues.