I usually tackle two projects at once so I can work on one while the paint dries on the other. In the middle of transforming a side table, I emptied an old laminate bookcase. Before dumping it curbside, I decided to see if it could be saved.
One coat of Annie Sloan Graphite covered the fake wood. Just that little bit of transformation put my creative wheels in motion.
I slid over the can of paint I had out for the side table and dipped a brush already wet with Annie Sloan Burgundy. I guess I’d call it “wet brushing” because all I did was brush it on. I kept my strokes light and straight and didn’t fill it in where the Graphite showed through. Where I thought the paint was too heavy, I wiped it back with a wet rag.
To be sure the paint stayed wet enough, I painted one section at a time.
I thought this bookcase still might end up on the curb…
…but the more the paint dried, the more I liked my quick little experiment. The muted color combo had sort of a mahogany look.
I didn’t think the cardboard back panel would survive the pressure I’d need to add a coat of wax. I left it alone and applied clear wax to the stronger surfaces.
(Two of my books are on the bottom shelf. You can learn more about them here. Read the story of the storage cubby on the left in Ode to My Favorite Veteran.)
The bookcase wasn’t the best piece of furniture I owned but it was a quick and easy job to hide the just-plain-ugliness of the “who are you kidding?” wood-look laminate.
Instead of tossing the bookcase, I’d used it to experiment with a paint technique. Not only did I save a useful piece of furniture, I applied what I learned to the more complicated cover-up of a project already in progress. (Stay tuned!)
What I learned;
- Don’t be afraid to experiment, especially on pieces that couldn’t possibly look worse.
- What you learn from experiments, successful or not, can be applied to another project.
- Some people think that creative exercise is as exciting as watching paint dry — but I’m not one of them!