PAINTING NEW DOORS TO MATCH A VERY OLD DISTRESSED CABINET & TUTORIALMy 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.