I refinished this petite French style china cabinet for my last Porch Sale in October.
The interior and the door inserts are Old White and the body is Paris Gray.
They were finished with clear wax. I didn’t distress them too much because it seemed my clients preferred a more fresh look based on the response from my previous sale.
It didn’t sell.
I also had a pair of French farmhouse chairs.
They didn’t sell either.
I put them all on Craigslist….no sale. They’ve been sitting here all this time.
Meanwhile, I bought my first can of AS Dark Wax.
I used it on a couple things and liked the result.
So, I decided it was time to revamp this china cabinet and the matching chairs and try again. Like most of you, I imagine, I have not been fortunate enough to take a class in using the AS products so I have just stumbled along relying on my own experience with furniture and redesign.
I learned that using a damp rag worked well for blending the wax and that I need to work VERY quickly. I do apply it with a brush ever since I went to dinner one evening with brown cuticles……embarrassing! Now and again, the underlying paint acts up and I can’t blend smoothly.
Here’s the first door…..not good.
Too much blotchy darkness for me. It doesn’t look authentically aged.
So, I went ahead and finished the chairs because I thought I would be repainting the doors and starting over and I was frustrated and wanted to finish something.
They came out very well.
I had previously made some simple linen cushions for the back and they looked even better now that the chairs were more distressed.
I edged the cushion in a red feather stitch and stamped a number inside a circle as well.
I turned my attention back to the hutch and decided to try and save the doors if possible rather than re-painting. I couldn’t do any more harm so why not?
I started sanding the too blotchy areas and found that the result was very pleasing.
So, another lesson learned about using these products!
Here’s the door after sanding and some clear wax…..
Here is everything……
They go so well together don’t you think?
Adding the dark wax really made a difference…it came alive…
Hopefully they will sell now so I’ll take them down to Chartreuse this weekend
and give it a try!