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

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Have a great weekend!!  a hui hou ~ Shelly

34 Replies to “Destin Color Wash”

  1. 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 –

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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…

    1. 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!!

  5. 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.

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

      2. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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

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