Avocado Green Bookcase Old World Update

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Remember that nasty green antiquing look from many years ago ? That's what this bookcase looked like at first glance. It had great bones and was very sturdy, so my client wanted me to give it an updated, yet old world feel.
This was the inspiration picture that my client gave me. She wanted me to replicate this finish on her bookcase.
This was the before.... Kind of yucky right? Well I got to work sanding, and priming first. Then I base coated with a duck egg blue paint, but I used a very brushy technique. I kind of used a cross hatch motion and wanted to show some texture because a colorwash feel is what I wanted to achieve .
This is after a couple of coats of the blue was dry. I made a very runny wash with some white paint and I brushed it on in sections and then kind of ragged/ wiped it off in circular motions.
A closeup of the colorwash. I also added some light gray wash as well.
Here you can see that I used a dark wax over the colorwash. It gave it an aged feel that deepened the colors.
I didn't polish the hardware too much, I wanted to keep the piece vintage and old world looking.
Another detail of the finished cabinet door. Washed, dry brushed and then dark waxed. You can see the excess is left in the crevices.
The before and after!
Here it is in its new home!!
Another detail.
The inspiration picture and the final result! I think it came out perfectly!! What do you think?

Suggested materials:

  • Behr paint   (Minwax stain)
  • Johnson paste wax   (Home depot)

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