Modern Antiqued-Rustic. Is there even such a thing? Well, if there isn’t then I’m making it with this cabinet that’s been transformed with an antique stain-over-paint wash.
And then once I sanded down…
I love when I can sand off a 1970’s brown finish to reveal beautiful, clean wood underneath. Once I do that, the possibilities are endless!
For this particular cabinet though, it was important to keep with the style of the piece. It reminded me of an antique jelly cabinet with it’s straight lines, hefty weight, and stained, rustic interior. Yet, I wanted the cabinet to fit in today’s modern home. The solution… a rustic, stained interior and a modern black & white color scheme with an antique stain wash exterior.
The top was stained a pure black to achieve a modern contrast then finished with a polyurethane to protect it further. I imagine there was once a top attached to this that sat in the groove for stability.
To achieve the finish on the body, I painted the base of the cabinet in an off-white color. Let dry overnight. Then using a clean rag, wiped on a very small amount stain, spreading it very thin over the surface but letting it set into the crevices. You’ll need very little stain and rub it around just enough to “stain” the white paint but not cover it.
The final stain was a combination of Minwax’s Special Walnut, Pecan and just a touch of Rustoleum Ebony. Basically, I used whatever I had left in stock. The Ebony alone was too much of stark contrast. Adding the brown walnut & lighter Pecan to the mix resulted in a nice antiqued look.
This Modern Antiqued-Rustic cabinet is for sale in my Shop.
Thank you & Enjoy!