Our neighbors were getting rid of this unique cabinet and we were delighted to take it off their hands. I loved its “bones”, but wanted to give it a little make-over that would make it our own.With the guidance of our friend Lisa Gillespie (an interior decorator with all the tricks of the trade we were looking to learn), Holly and I painted and distressed a couple of basement treasures. Bonus: Lisa brought her tools so we didn’t have to use our husband’s tools.First, I removed knobs. Then, using a fine grit sand paper (anything 220 or higher works) I gave the furniture a gentle sanding. After the sanding I wiped the dust away and began to paint. I used Valspar Super Flat Interior Paint in Fish Story.Tip: While painting, if you have put it on too thick, dip your brush in a little water and pull your brush through the thick spots. Allow paint to dry.
To created the distressed look, I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze in black. Lisa had me use a paint pan with a few drops of water in it. She poured a little of the glaze in it for me. Light, long brush strokes were perfect for creating age streaks. Once the glaze dried I set to work using a rougher sand paper. Going with the grain I sanded the painted and glazed piece until I was happy with my distressing marks.