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Destin Color Wash

Destin Color Wash

A couple weeks ago while we were on vacation with our entire family, we ventured out in the morning for some espresso and we ran across a moving sale.  Deedeedeedeedee deedeedeedeedee ~ our radar went off and there was no stopping us.  We followed the signs several miles from the lake down the country roads.

The drive was worth it ‘cuz we scored!  I’m sure we would have needed a U-haul had we found it a couple days earlier, because it was already day 3 and she still had cool furniture waiting for us.

One of the things we scored that day was a vintage stereo cabinet.  It didn’t look like this when we found it.  It was pretty much a medium dark orange stain color.  I swear I took a before picture but it seems to have vanished ~ or maybe that’s it’s just old age, either way, I can’t find it.

I just couldn’t resist the character of this charming piece. It warmed my heart to imagine families sitting around the stereo listening to talk radio in the good old days.  Can’t you just picture it?  I keep getting images of The Waltons!

Needless to say, it made it’s way into the back of our truck.

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I have this thing for Destin Gulf Green and though I could imagine it  looking great painted in several colors, I still went with Destin.  I mean seriously, look at all that yumminess!

I thinned my paint with water to create a color wash and started slapping on my paint.  I stopped when I got to the legs and decided to paint them in Virginia Chestnut (formally Hershey Brown) to create more of a statement.

I didn’t want it to look new, I never do.  I try instead to accentuate the charm and character the piece already has.  After all, isn’t that what we all love about these pieces anyway?

I got just the look I was going for with one coat of my color wash.  The Destin Gulf Green dried really light, even with that thin coat then turned really dark when I sealed it with Clear Wax.  Yes, that’s how dark it looks when the clear wax is applied, no worries ~ it lightens up again after the wax dries, not as light as the left hand side, it will be deeper and richer but much lighter than it is when it is wet.

When the clear wax was completely dry, I went over some areas with the Dark Aging Wax to add a little more dimension to the shabby look I was going after.  The dark wax grabbed the areas where I had slopped the paint on earlier.

The original stereo has been replaced, but the one in there now still works fine, but this wind is making me CArazy.  It keeps blowing the doors back when I’m taking pictures.

Did I mention the cool jewelry?  I mean hardware – lol 😀  I just love it!!
I know I took a lot of pictures, but I just love this piece. I really wanted it for my own…
I was just starting to wander around my house to figure out where I could put it when someone showed up in my driveway and bought it on the spot.  Oh well… there’s always next time.
There are so many cool colors you can come up with by experimenting a little with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.

Explore all the colors of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and get inspired by other projects here. I carry a large supply of CeCe Caldwell Paints on our online Shizzle Shop here and in our Shizzle Design booth at Not So Shabby in downtown Zeeland here

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My Vintage Stereo has been Featured by:

Angie at Knick of Time

Cassie at Primitive & Proper

Linking up to:
aka Design – Do it Yourself
Embracing Change: Creative Inspirations
Restore Interiors – Restored it Wednesday
Primitive & Proper – POWW 95
Domestically Speaking – The Power of Paint Party

The Shabby Creek Cottage – Transformation Thursday
Miss Mustardseed – Furniture Feature Friday

2805 – Potpourri Friday
Embracing Change – Creative Inspirations
Tatertots & Jello – Weekend Party Wrap Up
Homespun Happenings – Rustic Restorations Weekend
Funky Junk Interiors – Saturday Night Special
Too Much Time on My Hands – Get Schooled Saturday
1929 Charmer – Sunday’s Best Party

Boogie Board Cottage – Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphasis Monday
Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time Interiors – Knick of Time Tuesday
Have a great weekend!!  a hui hou ~ Shelly
  • suzyq
    Posted at 02:14h, 31 August Reply

    OMG Shelly – you did a magnificent job on this piece ( which was already gorgeous to start off with ) love your imagining families listening to it – I do that all the time – history is an all time favorite of mine
    I do it especially with antique desks for some reason – always picture a lady in a long dress lol
    NUTSO –

  • Angie @ Knick of Time
    Posted at 02:18h, 31 August Reply

    I love it, Shelly! I love the textured look it has now with the paint and it’s hard to believe you got that look with just thinned paint. Well done!


  • lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    Posted at 03:26h, 31 August Reply


  • Jill@MakandJill
    Posted at 03:30h, 31 August Reply

    Love, love, love it, Shelly!!

  • Misti
    Posted at 03:31h, 31 August Reply

    Great look and I love that piece!!

  • Crane Farms
    Posted at 14:01h, 31 August Reply

    I LOVE this!

  • I Play Outside The Box
    Posted at 22:51h, 31 August Reply


  • Deneen@dreaming-n-color
    Posted at 02:34h, 01 September Reply

    Very nice Shelly!

  • The Paupers Castle
    Posted at 11:36h, 01 September Reply

    Love it! I was surprise by only the one color??? It really is beautiful!!! I want one too! 🙂

  • Claudine from CondensedLoveHome
    Posted at 21:47h, 01 September Reply

    Wow, Shelly!!! I loved this cabinet!!! Loved the color… wow. You did a wonderful job! Just saw you on Miss Mustard Seed Party, I thought: who is this??? I am going to follow her!!!! But I am already following you! I find amazing how we are just drawn to some people’s style!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 01:04h, 02 September Reply

    Great color, Shelley! You did a great job bringing giving this piece new life! Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday!

  • Michele
    Posted at 11:52h, 02 September Reply

    It is a gorgeous piece with wonderful details, not surprising how fast it sold.

  • Donna Wilkes
    Posted at 22:57h, 02 September Reply

    This was not just furniture – it turned into a piece of art! You chose the colors so weel and did a beautiful job on the finish!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  • cathy@my1929charmer
    Posted at 01:23h, 03 September Reply

    OMG, beautiful piece, and you really do an unbelievable job. but then you always do! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  • Athena at Minerva's Garden
    Posted at 07:08h, 03 September Reply

    Hi Shelly: What a gorgeous paint job on your stereo cabinet–I love the rich green shade you selected, and love the patina that you gave it with your paint application and wax! It’s just beautiful.

  • Heaven's Walk
    Posted at 00:47h, 04 September Reply

    Another beautiful job, Shelly! You are so talented, girlie! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  • Betsy@ coastal-colors
    Posted at 03:09h, 04 September Reply

    This is stunning! I love the history too! You have a gift for combining colors and knowing just what to do! This is gorgeous!

  • Eclectically Vintage
    Posted at 03:25h, 04 September Reply

    Lucky you that your whole family was willing to go to that sale – my hubs would have sped off in the other direction!! Great find and fabulous makeover!

  • Ann
    Posted at 04:21h, 06 September Reply

    That’s an exquisite piece. I’m so glad you took all those photos because I almost couldn’t get enough of that yummy goodness.

  • Good Time Charlie
    Posted at 04:46h, 06 September Reply

    Shelly, this is so gorgeous!! Oh how I love old stereo and TV cabinets. Good thing you didn’t get there earlier. I would have gone and found the UHaul to get it home!

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 13:44h, 06 September Reply

    WOW, shelly! i absolutely LOVE this- the color and wash are perfection!

  • Bliss
    Posted at 12:57h, 09 September Reply

    I’m a huge Hershey, opps, Virginia Chesnut fan. My favorite brown chalk paint, hands down. And who could resist that cute cabinet.


  • Lisa
    Posted at 00:13h, 17 September Reply

    BEAUTIFUL !! Love the color choice… and you finished it perfectly.

  • Kids Furniture
    Posted at 12:27h, 22 October Reply

    The vintage stereo cabinet painted here is can know more about it

  • Sarah Ann Routh
    Posted at 03:07h, 17 February Reply

    Thanks for sharing such beauty,, I am 36 n have been unable to work for five yes now’ its been really hard loosing ability to do my job, being a nurse… I’ve wanted to, talked about n even have furniture pieces that I would love to create a different look,, some ideas I have but am reluctant to just jump in,,now I am as ready as could ever be. I would love to be able to corispond with someone n throw round ideas n share mine,,your tastes seems to be some. What as mine. I need all help I can get n info on were I can go to find tricks to trade. I am disabled but can work on repainting at home, just take breaks.. I having been this excited bout anything for long time. I’ll keep searching for sure, but something promoted me to write to you…

    • Shelly
      Posted at 08:03h, 17 February Reply

      Sarah, that’s the cool thing about it, you can either break up large projects into small work sessions (which I have to do all the time too because I rarely have time to put a brush in my hands) or work on smaller projects like picture frames, mirrors… Have fun with it!!

  • Joyce
    Posted at 17:00h, 01 August Reply

    Have u ever done a tutorial on stencil ink on chalk paint? If so I would love to know where I could log on & watch it. If not would u do one.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 23:05h, 06 August Reply

      on stencil ink? not sure what you mean.

      • Joyce bower
        Posted at 23:15h, 06 August

        I didn’t mean stencil ink I meant to say stenciling after u painted a piece of furniture with chalk paint

      • Shelly
        Posted at 23:20h, 06 August

        ohhhhhhh lolololol ~ that makes more sense!! Can you tell I read these late at night when I’m half awake? It’s super easy to stencil over the paint. I cheat by sealing the piece first either w wax or topcoat. Once that’s dried and buffed… I place my stencil and paint it on. If I mess up at that point, I can simply wipe it off and start over without messing up anything underneath. When I’m finished with the stencil, I seal over it again using the same thing I sealed the paint with. (wax over a waxed piece OR topcoat over a topcoated piece). Does that make sense?

    • Shelly
      Posted at 21:46h, 15 August Reply

      Hi Joyce! I’ve stenciled furniture before but I’m not sure how much I said about it. We’ve got some cool plans for stencils on two pieces we just got in though. Will be sharing those some time this fall.

      • Joyce bower
        Posted at 22:40h, 15 August

        I will be glad to see the pieces that are stenciled. Would u please comment on how u did it. Can’t wait to see them

      • Shelly
        Posted at 20:39h, 17 August

        After sealing my pieces with wax or topcoat, I apply the stencil and then wax or topcoat over it to seal it in place.

      • Joyce bower
        Posted at 20:59h, 17 August

        Thank u I was hopeing I could wax first just in case I made a boo boo!

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