Hey friends! I decided to jump into the The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest fun for the first time and I couldn’t have picked a better month to have joined. This month’s contest is being sponsored by Pure & Original Paints and our theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance. Pure & Original is a luxury brand of paint imported from the Netherlands. The paint is made from minerals, chalk, and water, is environmentally-friendly, and has little to no VOC. It doesn’t need to be sealed for indoor or outdoor use. It couldn’t get any better than that!
I received two free quarts of Pure & Original Classico paint in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. This post contains an affiliate link, which means if you click on the link I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
Now let’s move onto the fun stuff! I came across this Harmony Phonograph in a thrift store and fell in love with its elegant lines.
Someone had spray painted it black and had added a shelf to the bottom.
What had they been thinking?
My little wood purist soul was set on stripping this baby and restoring it to its former stained wood glory.
As the stripper was working, I could see pretty wood starting to show through and I was SO excited!
And then this happened….
What?!?! Just look at those doors!
I suppose at some point in time a door had to be replaced and they used a different type of wood. No wonder someone decided to spray paint it! My heart was broken and I felt like someone had played a cruel April Fool’s prank on me.
After lamenting the mismatched doors for several hours, I quickly switched gears and decided she would need to be painted instead of stained. When we’re given lemons, it’s time to make lemonade, right?
And that’s how this became my project piece to try out the Pure & Original paint.
I painted the body of the phonograph with Bone White from the Classico line. The paint is a little thicker than I’m used to working with, so I added a touch of water to thin it and it went on smoothly after that.
After the final coat of paint, I lightly sanded it with a super fine sanding block for a silky smooth finish. I love this Bone color by the way. I think Bone ranks right up there with antique white and it will be a new “Go To” color choice when I plan on using white.
I stained the top with Minwax Early American and sealed it with Varathane Matte Polyurethane finish and I finally removed the shelf from the bottom. It looked so much better when that was gone!
At this point I stepped back and re-evaluated the project so far. The top was time worn which I loved, but it clashed greatly with the glaringly white, perfect paint job I had done.
So on the front doors I decoupaged a pretty, vintage-inspired floral paper I found on Etsy.
I then used java brown glaze over the white paint to give an aged appearance to the cabinet. At this point the time worn stained top and the body of the cabinet were finally coming together; however, I felt like the glaze was too uniform and was “sitting” on top of the white paint. To remedy this, I added water to a small amount of the Bone white paint to make the paint the consistency of a white wash and then I dry brushed it over specific areas of the glaze to add contrast and to break up some of the solid glazing I had going on.
Finally, I lightly distressed it to complete my shabby elegant theme.
Hand-antiqued, oil rubbed bronze hardware was provided by House of Antique Hardware.
You can read the tutorial on decoupaging door insets and more information on where I found the digital image downloads here.
I think she turned out pretty darn cute. What do you think?
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