Farmhouse Finish White Cabinet

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This dark and dated end table came from Craigslist for $10.  I thought there was a pair of them, but the second table was totally different.  I guess I got too excited when I saw the sale listing, and didn’t look at all the pictures!  The second table may or may not end up getting painted.  It has a lot of damage, and the design isn’t my favorite.  It could end up in our backyard burn pile, depending on whether my husband/fix-it guy decides it’s worth saving.

end table before

The door panels and sides had that bead board detail, which is a dream for the farmhouse style I usually lean toward.  It also had that swirly hardware I thought would pop against a white finish. 

end table with swirly hardware

White was my first and only color choice for this table because I knew a distressed farmhouse finish would be adorable on this piece.  Pure white is not the easiest color to paint, especially not over a vintage dark finish.  You can run into bleed-through, which is when the dark stain keeps bleeding up through your paint no matter how many coats you do.  To avoid that, I primed with a stain-blocking primer. 

I followed that up with two coats of Dixie Belle Cotton chalk mineral paint.  For distressing, I used 60 grit sand paper and a sanding block.  I concentrated on the edges, and the grooves in the bead board to really accent it.  I also gently sanded all over with 220 grit sand paper to ensure it was all smooth.  While Dixie Belle paint doesn’t require a top coat, when I distress, I always like to use one to protect those exposed areas.  For this piece, I used Dixie Belle Easy PeasyTM Clear Matte Spray Wax.  This wax IS actually the easy peasiest wax in the world to use.  You just spray it on, wait a few seconds, and buff it in with a microfiber cloth.  A matte finish is a great choice for this look, since an authentically aged finish is usually not shiny.  Then the cute hardware got spray painted oil-rubbed bronze and re-installed.  And voila!

Farmhouse finish end table with swirly hardware

Just as I finished posting this one for sale, a friend texted me and asked if she could stop by and see it.  She needed a little media cabinet for their DVD player and cable box. 

Farmhouse end table detail

She loved it, and took it home that day.  A quick and happy ending for this story!

farmhouse white cabinet

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