The Tutorialist – Modern Farmhouse finish (Grey Washed Cabinet)
When we found this dark wood cabinet, originating from India, we knew exactly what we wanted to do with it! The details were so beautiful but hidden away behind the layers of damaged dark wood stain. We created a lovely Modern Farmhouse finish on it and our client loved the end result!
Here’s how we did it:
Wipe down the piece of furniture you are painting. No sanding or priming is required when using Chalk Paint as long as the surface finish isn’t peeling. We don’t ever use stripper these days unless absolutely necessary…but we did sand the heck out of the top of this cabinet to get down to raw wood. So use an electric hand sander with a coarse (low grit) pad and smooth the finish out until you see the wood grain in all its glory. Then give it a good wipe down to remove any residual sanding dust.
Once the top is wiped off, apply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax in WHITE. This will give the wood a worn appearance without darkening it at all and it also balances out some of the yellow tones.
For the base, we mixed a custom color using equal parts Louis Blue, Graphite, Old White, and French Linen. We did this because they were the “leftovers” from other projects and we knew based on the colors that they would make a nice rich grey. We then mixed our custom grey with water (about 70/30) and painted it on our dark wood base surface, a little at a time with an Annie Sloan Small Synthetic Brush (since it’s a wash) gently wiping back the excess. We did this twice in order to build the color.
Once the paint is dry, we applied a generous coat of White Wax to the entire surface, a small section at a time – allowing it to rest about a minute before wiping off the excess. White Wax behaves a little different than Clear Wax and in order to see it on your piece you do need to use a little more and allow it to sit before wiping.
This step is optional. If you want the exact look we used in the photos, do this: buff your piece with a soft cloth to allow some of the original finish to peek through the wash and give the wax a sheen.
We hope its new owners love this piece for many years to come! It is a lovely neutral finish without being bland or boring. If you recreate this look, tag us on Instagram so we can see!