Dreamy Turquoise Cubby Shelf Makeover
Organizing our home is one of my main goals for 2019. The first step toward reaching my organization goal was transforming a very solid, but ugly, black backless cubby shelf with dreamy turquoise paint.
*wooden shelf (not pictured below)
*bead board (not pictured below)
*trim piece (optional, not pictured below)
*1 inch nails
*paint (I used a semi gloss turquoise)
*stain (I used pickled oak, but suggest using a darker one instead
*2″ foam brushes
*masking or painter’s tape
*Apple Barrel White Gloss Craft Paint-this will be mixed with the glaze to create an antique effect.
*Viva paper towels or rag
It all began at Lowes Home Improvement Store.
Measure your shelf and have Lowes cut the desired size from a sheet of 4 x 8 bead board. If you buy a trim piece like we did, have them cut that as well.
Use wood glue to apply the trim piece. We used Elmer’s.
Stain the front of the bead board, then nail it to the back of the shelf. We used 1” nails and pickled oak stain for these steps. In hind sight, we probably should have painted the shelf, stained the bead board, then nailed it together afterwards. Doing it that way would have made the shelf easier to paint. Also, I wish I’d chosen a darker walnut stain, rather than the pickled oak.
Use primer to cover existing paint/finish, especially if you are painting an acrylic over an oil-based paint or varnish. We used several 2” foam brushes over the course of the project.
Apply several coats of paint to cover everything completely. Let the paint dry between coats. I taped off the bead board in the back of each cubby to protect it from the turquoise paint. You can probably tell that I used cans of paint and primer that we already had. I love turquoise blues and greens, and usually have several different cans laying around in that color family.
Begin the antiquing process. To antique the cubby shelf, use 2 parts glaze and 1 part contrasting paint. I chose Apple Barrel White Gloss for my contrasting color, and Faber-Castell for my glaze. Cover the whole shelf well.
After it sets for about 20 minutes, take a thick paper towel or rag, and wipe off the glaze. I used a few Viva paper towels for the wiping job.This process allows the contrasting paint/glaze mix to seep in the cracks and crevices of your project. You will have to experiment to see how much glaze you want to wipe off, and leave on.
Finally, use a medium-grade sand paper to sand edges. Sand flat areas here and there to create a weathered look. It isn’t necessary to apply a clear varnish or glaze because the antiquing mixture is mostly glaze anyway.
Let it dry, Remove the masking tape, and enjoy!
Happy New Year!
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