This piece was orange varnished pine – hideous and clumpy, BUT it had promise and a key! – rare. But I had no idea what to do with it, except that I wanted to try out an effect, that I hadn’t tried before, on the door. Imagination is the cornerstone of furniture art.
Because it had quite a few large knots and heavy varnish, I slathered on a couple of layers of ‘Zinsser’. It stops gunk bleeding through the paint from the knots and varnish, causing yellowing which is virtually impossible to mask once it happens.
I planned to paint the cabinet in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, but when I started I could see that the grain of the wood was showing through rather nicely by just dry-brushing it so I continued thereby achieving a ‘French country farmhouse’ look which distracts from the clumpy old shape of the cabinet rather nicely.
When that was dry, I sanded it lightly on the edges, corners and other strategic places to achieve an aged effect.
I then took three paper napkins with co-ordinating colours and related designs and peeled off the top layer. I cut them roughly to the size of the panels in the door and I applied a layer of decoupage medium (a light PVA glue) to the door panels and laid the pieces of napkin on the panels as flat as I could and smoothed them out gently. When the glue was dry I sanded the panels, again to create an aged effect and waxed the whole cabinet and buffed it. Done!