Friday, March 1, 2013

PAINTING NEW DOORS TO MATCH A VERY OLD DISTRESSED CABINET & TUTORIAL

   PAINTING NEW DOORS TO MATCH A VERY OLD DISTRESSED CABINET & TUTORIAL

  My client found this wonderful, very old cabinet.  I believe she told me it came from Europe.  It didn't have those two little doors on it and she had two new doors made and needed me to paint the doors to match the cabinet.
It's always a challenge when I have to match an existing finish.  But, a good challenge.
(I worked on it upside down and had to rotate the photos for this post, in case you noticed! :)
The doors were the only thing I painted.  All the other staining and distressing were already there.
I started by matching the color of the wood closest to the doors.  Then, I mixed some blue colors together to get the right shade and scratched and distressed it, a bit.  
Next, I stained it heavily to match areas closest to the doors. 
 Lastly, I waxed it so it would have a protective, very low sheen finish on it.
It's such a beautiful piece and I'm so glad she brought it to me to work on.  Just looking at it is inspirational for other pieces I might want to paint.
Thank you, Patti!!
(I told you she had great taste!  She finds the most interesting pieces!!)

Just received this email:  "John LOVED the cabinet! Thanks for your hard work. Love, P"
Always so nice to get it right!!

Below is  the "before" picture.  I had already started trying to paint the blue.  
The doors were raw wood when I started trying to match the finish on the cabinet.
UPDATE: FINALLY RETRIEVED "BEFORE" PHOTOS FROM MY OLD, BROKEN, GONE KAPUT COMPUTER

33 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous old cabinet and you have painted it perfectly what a fabulous job you are the BOMB girly thanks for sharing and have a great weekend...

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  2. That piece is awesome! It's a paint finish I would like to aspire to learn. Love the piece and the color. Fabulous job, Lynda.

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  3. Thank you and I LOVE that piece, too!! She's putting it in her beach house that they're building right now.

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  4. Fabulous piece and I love the finish. Thanks for joining TTT. Hgus, Marty

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  5. Yes, is inspirational (for a furniture painter) to look at!!

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  6. What a wonderful piece. Love it!
    Liz

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  7. Oh my goodness, that is a gorgeous piece!
    Dorothy

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  8. I can't believe how perfectly you matched the color and distressing. I can not tell where the old and new meet. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  9. Very cute...you are blessed to get to work on such neat stuff! This is my first visit to your blog. I've just posted this week's new Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  10. Thank you and you are so right. Lucky me!! I joined your Linkup.

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  11. mmmmmmmm, it's charming.

    stopping by via frenchcountrycottage and hope you'll have a minute to pop over too. http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

    happy weekend to you.

    michele

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  12. Hi Michele, I've been a follower for a while, now. Love your blog!! especially, the post about the Magnolia Pearl house!!

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  13. That is a fabulous piece to own , I know she is happy with your work

    I thought I didn't want another old piece in my kitchen however I would move this right in

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    1. Yes, it was beautifully old and distressed! I'm pretty sure it came from Europe. And, Patti was very, very happy with the way it turned out.

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  14. Thank you for sharing this great piece with "Open House" You do such a wonderful job!

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  15. Thank you! and, is fun to "share". Thank you for your "Open House".

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  16. Wow, that is an awesome cabinet! Love all the details and the finish came out great! Thank you or sharing at TTF.

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  17. This is an exquisite piece - love the design and the color - can't wait to see what you paint on the doors.
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  18. Lynda, The paint finish is beautiful and I love the old cabinet.
    xx, Sherry

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  19. Such a unique piece! Great job of matching it. Looks like they were always there! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Once you figure out how to upload photos, please upload the doors. I want to see if it's as beautiful as this. Did you use the distressed effect on them as well? The cabinet looks so cool and vintage! It really does look like it came from Europe. I hope there will be more projects like these for you in the future. Good luck with your client!

    Terry Arnold

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  21. Hi Terry, The two little doors you see on this piece were the brand new unfinished doors and I worked on them to make them match the cabinet.

    I figured out that two of my "before" photos are on my old computer and not backed up by Carbonite because of my broken computer. Soon, I will have a computer guy come to help me and I'll see if he can restore those for me. Thanks

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  22. Looks gorgeous - nice job!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  23. Cool cabinet! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    Navy Wifey Peters

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