The story of this dry sink I obtained is a long one. It has a number of layers of paint on it now that brought it to the look it has currently, sitting in our living room. From start to finish, the piece took almost two weeks to complete. Granted, I couldn't do this all at once; I couldn't even work on it every day. But still, it took a while. I think it was worth it in the end though. My dry since went from super-not-pretty to this:
Ooooh! Ahhhh! :) Do you like it? This is how it began- I purchased this dry sink for $30. Not cute.
I kinda forgot to take a picture of it before I had the drawer & hardware removed, but you get the general idea right? It was missing some of the hardware, so I ended up getting all new knobs for it, which required using some wood putty to close up some of the holes. Anyway, after I did that & had it all cleaned & sanded a bit, I applied my Kilz Primer. I primed the entire outside & the inner walls of the cabinet, as they were going to be painted.
The first coat of paint was "Grape Green" by Behr in satin. Oh my gee it was bright! It looked like I had painted it with a highlighter. I took some pictures of it at this stage, but I think they don't even do justice to how bright this was.
Uhhh, better believe I was a little panicked. Lovely right? Ok, so after that all dried a lovely shade of neon, I got out the Behr sample size of Linen White. This I used to dry brush on the outside over the green, and I also used it on the inside walls of the cabinet. I really like this white. This was kind of a test to see how I felt about it, and I give it a thumbs up!
So after this step, the neon was a little toned down:
I felt like it was starting to look okay, but it still wasn't quite there yet. So the next step was distressing. I sanded her down quite a bit. I wanted it to be somewhat chippy & also scratchy, because up next was a glaze. I used Behr's glaze as well, which I mixed with their Bison Brown color. My Home Depot wont mix the glazes for some reason, so I got the sample size in order to do the mixing myself.
When I first started the glazing, I kinda panicked a little bit again. I wasn't sure if I liked what it was doing to my neon green/a little white surface. But, as always happens, the more I did the better I liked it. I totally can't tell if I like something from a little corner of the side panel at first swipe. I should know this!
After the glaze was done, I worked on the inside. I had decided I was going to use more of my music sheets (same books as I used for my music sheet wreath) to line both the drawer and the shelves in the lower cabinet.
I did this by ripping out the pages & just using mod podge to attach them to the shelves & drawer. Once they were all attached & dry, I added a couple more layers of mod podge to the top of them, then a layer of acrylic clear spray paint to seal 'er up! They turned out great I think.
Last steps, I waxed her, wiped her down, & drilled holes for & attached the new hardware. Took forever & there were like 800 steps to this one, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
I feel like it has texture & I like how the different paints are a little more or less up front in different areas of it. What do you think of the green color I chose? Did you like it when it was bright green better or does distressing a piece in this way look good to you?
I'm happy with it. It looks wonderful in our living room with the rest of our things. So much more to do in that room, but this is one big step in the right direction!
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