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.
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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