When I started the makeover on this project I had a vision to create a warm driftwood look with layers of texture and depth.
That was the vision...but actually getting there was more challenging than I thought. I went through every stage of the creative process...
It's a funny graphic, but sadly, it's all too true for most of my projects! Ha!
Anyhow, back to the Cedar Chest, here is how I accomplished the driftwood look:
First I gave the entire piece a real rough coat of ASCP Country Grey. By rough I mean not thorough and in a real whimsical fashion, imagine brush strokes in all different directions.
When that was dry, I waxed the entire piece with ASCP Dark Wax.
Then I washed the entire piece with ASCP Graphite and wiped the wash back leaving just a hint of the graphite.
I sanded a few spots, areas that would typically show wear and tear.
Finally, I waxed the entire piece again with dark wax and gave it a nice buffing to make the finish shine.
I went back and forth on whether or not I should paint the cute feet, but ultimately decided that leaving them natural and giving them a quick coat of dark wax to freshen them up would highlight them the best.
I'm smitten by the layers and texture that I achieved on this cedar chest. I guess the morale here is to keep pressing on when you have a vision and hopefully it all turns out just like you had hoped!
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Have a great week,