We see them all the time. Those before/after paint projects when you think, “I liked the before better.” Even worse are those where you say, “I wish they hadn’t painted it all.” Because once it’s painted there’s no going back without the even bigger job of refinishing. But it doesn’t have to be an either/or when it comes to painting. You can choose to paint only those damaged spots needing help, leaving most of the original finish intact.
That’s what I did on this, vintage, not antique, reproduction sideboard. There were chips in the veneer and the finish was cracked and crazed. Repairing veneer is not a task I enjoy. Instead, I painted those damaged areas using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® with 2 colors, Florence and Provence. I used my technique where I put both colors on a paper plate, and using 1 brush, alternated between them. It’s easy and gives your paint more dimension and depth.
After spot painting. I sealed the complete piece with Clear Wax. The crazing was still evident, so I went back over the finish with a generous coat of Dark Wax, wiping off the excess. The dark wax stayed in the cracks and crevices, giving the finish a warm tone, and a look of age and patina. I love how this turned out, a subtle change, but a huge improvement. Consider this option the next time you find a damaged treasure and don’t want to cover the whole piece in paint.
I’ve painted my share of sideboards and buffets. If you’re not convinced the less is best paint technique is right for your next project, check out these posts where painting resulted in an equally attractive and authentic finish, French Green (also using Florence and Provence), Stepback Cupboard, and Graphite Buffet.