It was love at first sight when I spotted this piece at a local thrift shop. Just look at her fabulous detail!
I could see the potential for new life but I wanted to give her some function as well since the original stereo was missing. We took it to DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan and used it as a demo to show how much easier our chalk and clay paints are to wet distress than others on the market.
Since were one of the key speakers for the Women’s Expo at DeVos Place, we had to be on stage eight times, each time sharing our tips and techniques.
Many people, including Cathy’s eight year old grand-daughter, had their chance to try wet distressing on this stereo cabinet.
By the time we got it back to the shop, it was layered in numerous colors which looked a little too rustic for our style and the piece still had no real function.
… and then came the karate kid
One day, while his mother looked at paint, a little boy gave the intricate wooden cut-out design one swift kick with his boot ~ Guess he doesn’t like shopping for paint. Now our antique, hand carved insert was smashed to smithereens.
Ummm…. thank you?!
The old stereo cabinet sat in our Jenison Paint Shop untouched until now.
I needed to ease back into work since I’m still in a lot of pain and this seemed like something I could do using my left hand. Even though I can paint, sand, wet-distress, wax and buff with either hand, I didn’t realize how much I actually use both hands simultaneously either for bracing myself or the piece of furniture. Ugh!!!
1st Painted piece of Furniture painted by me after Surgery
I chose Old Town Paint’s Vintage White and Deep Chocolate, two of my favorite, must-have, go-to colors. I love the rich and silky feel of Old Town Paints, especially after a gentle buffing with a super fine grit sand paper or an all over wet distress. It’s one of those crazy things, but I just can’t stop touching it. I know, I’m weird, but there’s nothing better than a smooth as butta’ piece of painted furniture. From the first time Cathy and I tried Old Town Paints, we were sold and there are so many beautiful colors to choose from!
We added character to the top space by adding burlap printed with vintage wine logos then added an antique, chippy door knob plate.
It’s all about the Detail!
Umm Yeah… so I got carried away with the wet distressing!
No worries, this paint is so forgiving!
I just let it dry then painted over it. This time I took a different direction mixing some dark wax with four of my all time favorite Metallic Mica Powders ~ Bronze and Smoke from Old Town Paints along with Black and Pewter from American Paint Company. These are my two personal favorites to mess around with. I l mix these in with glazes, clear wax and dark wax all the time.
I painted the legs Deep Chocolate then popped the details with my custom-mixed metallic wax concoction.
I found a wine rack in another vendor’s booth at Not So Shabby and guess what? It was just the right size, well almost. I still needed Cathy to work her magic and build it into place.
Since Cathy is much better at carpentry and building than I am! Once in place, I finished painting the back and sealed the top and inside of the back with Old Town’s Paints durable and oh so easy-to-use Satin Clear Coat. It’s another one of my favorite finishes here at Shizzle Design.
This old gal is back in the game!!
Wine Bar Re-purposed from an Old Stereo Cabinet
I dropped it off to our Shizzle Design booth inside Not So Shabby, Holland, Michigan.
Well… I’d love to hear what you think!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
A hui hou ~ Shelly
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