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.
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!