Aged to Perfection

8.13.2010

I painted and distressed this antique sideboard several months ago, but it was just not looking right. It was too new looking instead of old. So I brought out my metallic bronze glaze and started brushing it on in places and taking it back off.

I am wanting to paint and glaze everything in sight. I truly found something I love to do. Now, like Mr. Savvy said, I just need to make money doing it.  Right now I am just enjoying making some things look better in our home.



This is how it looked before I started adding more glaze to it. O.k., but kind of boring.


I stopped to take some pictures of how it looks while I am adding glaze to it. This is how I was brushing it on and then I take a damp rag that is almost dry and start taking it off.


This shows how it looks after taking some of the glaze back off. You just have to kind of play with it. If you take too much off just put some more on. I also sanded some more places to age it more.


Here you can see the top drawer is done and the bottom one is not done yet.


I sanded it extra above the key hole where it would naturally have the finish worn off.


This is how the glaze highlights the crevices.


I love the subtle sheen of this metallic glaze and how it brings out the details.





I did extra heavy sanding on the legs that would be normally knocked up.


Here is the after.






This shot really portrays the true color.





I still need to do something with the knobs. I can't take them off. I can't even open these drawers without some of the trim coming off. This piece is really old and needs to be repaired. I may paint the knobs a dark brown by hand.

The products I used are: Benjamin Moore semi gloss paint in Georgian Green
brushed and rolled on. Valspar glaze in Mocha from Lowes.
Decor Art Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze in Renaissance Brown found at Hobby Lobby.

Linking to My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Friday
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt it Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Night Special


Thanks so much for all your sweet comments. I truly appreciate everyone of them.

Y'all come back now,

KIM

95 comments:

  1. Wow...I love the finish. I normally paint everyhing white, I might have to be brave and try something new.

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  2. Beautiful! You are very talented in furniture refinishing.

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  3. Hi Kim!

    That's a lovely piece and you made it even prettier with your paint treatment!

    Manuela

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  4. It really does look good Kim and I'm just snickering at the thought of Mr. Savvy and my husband having a few moments together to talk about our projects. I'm sure they would make fast friends.

    -Rene

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  5. I see what you where saying KIM...however, I did not see that way to begin with. It looks awesome now, really aged and just perfecto!

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  6. Love this piece and what you've done to it! I love the way you left the top wood tone too.

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  7. Thanks for your sweet comments about my Mom Kim, I appreciate it so much. You did a professional looking job on this piece of furniture.

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  8. This is such a pretty piece Kim. You really enhanced the detail with the glaze. Love it. Have you ever tried Rub n Buff? It might work well on your hardware.

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  9. Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

    Jeanine

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  10. You are right! It is perfect...and beautiful!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

    You are one talented girl;)!

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  11. What a gorgeous piece of furniture! You did a great job!

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  12. FAB-U-LOUS!!! I just LOVE LOVE it!!

    I am getting me some of that mocha glaze at Lowes. I want to tone down the red of my island in my kitchen...may have to get the other metallic glaze too.

    Love this...

    Lou Cinda :)

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  13. What a beautiful piece. Great job. I don't think the pulls look too bad as they are.

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  14. Kim, it is just gorgeous. You really have perfected this painting and glazing thing. Such a beautiful piece. Love the antiqueing. You also do such lovely vignettes to highlight each piece too. Great tutorial. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

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  15. You really did do a beautiful job on this Kim. I have never done anything like that so don't know how my would turn out, probably not hear as pretty as yours. You are talented my dear!

    xo
    LeAnn

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  16. Gorgeous and it is similar to my three drawer chest. The pulls are identical. hugs♥olive

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  17. KIM-OMGosh! I absolutely LOVE this piece. I don't care if the drawers ever open. It is one of my favorites that I have seen re-done with the glazing! Great job...and you are right-it did looke very nice before but WOW! What a difference that glazing made. I have to go back and re-read it to see which glaze you used first...or if you mixed them. I want a piece tha looks just-like-that! Diana

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  18. You were right! It looks so much better (older) now with the glaze. I love glaze!

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  19. I was going to tell you to use rub and buff for the knobs and Anita already mentioned it. It's no wonder Anita and I are blogger friends. : )

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  20. I loved it before but after you added that glaze, it's beautiful!

    Great job.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  21. Oh it's lovely....stunning, in fact!

    Suzanne

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  22. So pretty! You did a great job.

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  23. Beautiful, Kim. I think this makes the details stand out. Great job!

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  24. Ooooohhhh Kim it is so stunning! It really brings out all the unique details by glazing it. Love it!

    If it goes missing then it just may have become number 32 at my house. LOL! I know. I'm the crazy table lady for sure. :)

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  25. Oh Kim, what a fabulous finish, your piece looks fantastic! You amaze me with all you do girl!

    Nancy

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  26. I love what you did with the glaze! I used that same glaze on my bathroom walls when I did the texture. In fact, I've used it on several walls but never on furniture, so I'll have to try it.

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  27. Hi Kim! Oh, this piece turned out so beautiful! I love the glazing you've done on it! It really is a pretty piece of furniture and the darker glaze makes all those little details really show up! You're just good at everything! Is there anything you can't do? :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. I liked it before but I think I like it more now. I agree that the knobs could use some contrast. I LOVE that metallic glaze. I have used it on all kinds of things and it is just great.

    I have been talking to other bloggers about making over furniture to sell. I think I am going to try but I am always afraid someone won't like my work. They are encouraging me to try so after the boys start school I am going to look for some quality pieces for cheap and see what happens! I know you could do it, too!

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  29. Looks fantastic Kim! It looked nice before, but now it looks fabulous!

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  30. Love what you've done with this piece...another talent! .. great color combination...really you have a way of making things come together in such a romantic, cozy, warm way.

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  31. Kim, you've accidentally found another calling. (Of course blogging is one!) Look at Miss Mustard Seed. She does well with her furniture. I can see you doing this for others. Build yourself a little shop out by the pond... Wish you were close enough to do it for me! I'd have you in here in a heartbeat with my checkbook out!
    Brenda

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  32. It amazes me that you can take something that already looks amazing and make it look even more amazing, you da man Kim, rather, you da WOMAN Kim!!!

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  33. This piece is just gorgeous. You did a wonderful job!

    Partying with you tonight. Stop by for a visit.

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  34. It is so great watching your skills grow in this blog...I used to do lots of antiquing and decorative painting and there is a super finish you can get using floor wax and any kind of artist oil paint (in the tube kind) just add the color of paint to the wax and mix it up with your palette knife...apply...let dry...buff...This is probably the toughest finish I have ever used. I once did a bathroom vanity and it was perfect for that...I have seen people use it on their kitchen cabinets...Just thought you might want to try this method...there are so many artists pigments available that colors are infinite...

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  35. This is really a beautiful piece, Kim~ you have done a wonderful job on the finish!

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  36. I think it looks great. You did a good job.

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  37. Hi Kim, You took a beautiful piece and made it even more so! isn't it funny how glaze makes everything look better? I have been glazing everything in sight. If you figure out a way to make a living doing this keep me in mind as your business partner! Hugs, Sherry

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  38. Nice job. Thanks for showing the steps of the transformation!

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  39. I have always said... you have the magic touch, my friend!

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  40. kim, it looks perfect! love the new look of it- it adds so much charm and depth and character!

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  41. What a difference that glaze made. You are very good at furniture refinishing. That is absolutely beautiful. ~~Sherry~~

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  42. Much better- it really shows off those details.

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  43. Well done! I'm thinking of doing something similar to my dining room table. I just haven't found the time yet, but that is good inspiration.

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  44. That is a gorgeous piece to begin with and it looks even better now. You are good, girl.

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  45. Love it!! You did an awesome job...it is just beautiful!!
    ~Cindy~

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  46. Looks gorgeous, Kim. That truly is a a show piece! The glaze has really enhanced all of the wonderful detail. Perfect piece for your entryway.

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  47. What a great job you did on this piece. I'm pretty sure you could make money from this - you are good.

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  48. I love it! You are such an inspiration....I think I just might tackle my dresser that I have been putting off!!! Now to decide on a color! LOL...Have a great weekend!
    ~Des

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  49. Wow! I think I'm in love!!!!!

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  50. It looks beautiful!! Isn't painting and glazing fun? I love it too :)
    Kristi

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  51. Love it! The glaze really brought out the details.

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  52. Wow nice work!! I love wooden look but this is alsow verry beuatiful.
    The gold colour makes it really old it lookes like a old painting list.
    and mr Savvy can be prowd of you
    hughs Yolanda

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  53. Hi Kim, I really love it! Great job....Kathy

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  54. You have done a fabulous job on this piece, took it to the next level and it is now "aged" perfection...Thank you so much for sharing both your photos and list of products used, I know I am going to take this information and make use of it.

    Very Inspired
    Kelsie

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  55. This looks great Kim! You should start selling, you'd probably do really well. Love it!

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  56. Gorgeous! You are so good at it!

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  57. This is a beautiful piece! Your glazing is just right....I especially love that you left the top stained dark!

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  58. Thanks so much for sharing this technique... especially "how" to do it and what you use. A great transformation. ...Karen

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  59. Kim,
    Your buffet looks great after the glazing. Tell Mr. Savvy that I used to make a lot of money refinishing furniture. I hunted for old pieces at Goodwill, etc. then painted and distressed them. Sold them in my space that I rented in an antique mall. I did it for about 10 years. Your garage will never be the same though....Think about it!

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  60. What a beautiful piece now...a transformation! I love it! ♥

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  61. Your project is awesome! I wish I owned it. Now I am inspired to find something to transform in my house.

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  62. Your sideboard is precious as can be and the antiquing you did is the best job I've seen. It's so authentic looking, not like many you see around that look so contrived. Can't wait to try it!
    xoxo

    Nancy

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  63. Kim, thank you so much for your sweet birthday wishes. I had such a super fun day. I can't wait to get my chair, now to just find the perfect fabric. That's always the hard part. Thanks again. Hugs, Marty

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  64. Kim, I love how the extra glazing adds just the right amount of age to your beautiful piece! It's funny how little things can really transform something that is already pretty into something even more beautiful!

    Kat :)

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  65. Love it Kim!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  66. Hi Kim!
    Great job, it looks gorgeous, bravo:))
    Hugs, Biljana

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  67. Oh how beautiful!! The glaze really made a difference.

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  68. I really love how the glaze brings out the details. Very beautiful! I love it!

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  69. Hi Kim
    We were at our appointments most of yesterday and I was busy putting a post together when we got home, so today, I am trying to catch up with visiting.

    Just now seeing your post. Great post, by the way! I sold a sideboard similar to yours about three years ago. Wish I had it back!

    Happy Weekend!

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  70. Hi Kim!
    What a lovely blog.. I'm glad to have found you.. I so appreciate you stopping by my blog the other day and taking the time to comment!! Okay, now I have to get back to reading yours!!

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  71. beautiful! congrats on such a wonderful job!

    fiona
    http://fionadesigns.blogspot.com/

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  72. Oh my goodness! I love love love it. I want that for my foyer. Ha ha

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  73. That is just stunning! I love mocha glaze and you did such a fantastic job showing your process. It's lovely!

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  74. What a beautiful piece! I've been painting a lot of my furniture lately too but I haven't tried the stain technique yet. I might have to do that next time. I liked your before and but love it now!

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  75. It looks great and I love the wood top!

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  76. wow how beautiful it is.good job u done.i lovet it

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  77. Hi Kim! I'm new to your blog and SO GLAD I found it. I linked over from Chic on A Shoestring. I really like the finish you did on this buffet. It is absolutely gorgeous! I'm in the middle of sanding a large armoire and planned on doing the same glazing/sanding/aging technique. I just hadn't decided on a glaze yet and I love the metallic one you used. We don't have a Hobby Lobby, maybe Michael's carries it or hopefully I can come up with my own concoction that will look just as nice.

    I look forward to following and checking out your older posts.

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Missy

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  78. Kim what a beautiful job love it!

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  79. Kim, It's gorgeous! What a great piece....and you were right on with that glaze! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday...it's an honor! -shaunna :)

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  80. I love how this piece came out. It looks scary to put that much glaze on at first. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  81. The transformation is incredible. It was a lovely piece to begin with but what you have done with the antiqueing has made it an amazing piece. The glazing you have done is magnificent.

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  82. Hi Kim,

    I keep staring at this trying to get some inspiration and courage to stain the top of my buffet. Is mine a buffet or sideboard? Or is it the same thing?? I'm going to purchase the stain tomorrow, one step further, wish me luck!

    Lisa

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  83. Hi Kim, and thanks for the inspiration! I have a old chest of drawers, actually mine when I was a baby. And it desperately needs a makeover. I have been thinking about a white/cream color but thought it too bold. Now I see what I can do!

    Your husband sounds like mine. And he is right, you could definitely make money selling this. You have a wonderful eye for style.

    ~♥~
    Kristal

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  84. gorgeous excellent Look Love it

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  85. This is a beautiful piece! What did you use on the top?

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  86. This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tried and true tips!

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