Aged Aqua Cabinet

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Submitted by carriesty on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:26

I took the plans from the Benchmark Media Console inspired by Pottery Barn. I chose not to make drawers since I didn't need them. I used a mixture of three differnet chalk paints and stain to give it an aged appearance. I attached rustic copper hardware and glass for the doors. This was a fun and easy project that now sits prominently in my living room. 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Chalk Paint and Minwax Provincial Stain for the top
Recommended Skill Level



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Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:30

Great job on this piece!  Can you explain in detail about how you achieve that finish and the aged look? 




Wed, 12/03/2014 - 22:19

Hi Timberandsoul -


I'd be glad to share it with you.

I first stained the cabinet using Minwax Provincial. I lightly sanded it (220 grit) and then put small amounts of vaseline on a few of the edges and in places where natural distressing takes place. This ensured that my peice would look more authentic. The vaseline prevents the paint from sticking to the stain and gives it an aged look. Then the fun started.... I  mixed 3 different paint colors and applied them to all the pieces expect the top piece. Here are the colors I used: Beh;r Song Bird, Ralph Lauren; Reservoir Blue and Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Tresor. After it dried, Ilightly sanded it again and then applied Annie Sloan clear and dark wax. It was a long process, but definitely worth it. The top piece is stained using Minwax Provincial.

I hope this helps. Thanks for leaving me a comment. 


Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:09

LOVE the finish!  Excellent choice of colors and I really love the door handles :)  I've been nervous about painting a console I'm working on, but this gives me confidence that it should turn out well :)


Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:27

Is there any way you could post the build steps? I love this cabinet, but I am a beginner. You did such a great job!

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