For the longest time, I’ve wanted to refinish two filing cabinets and make them look chic and industrial. Thing is, I couldn’t find a matching set and the rare occasion one would come up, it would be way out of my price range. In this “How To” I’ll be talking about how to turn wood into faux metal. You can do this on any surface, but since we couldn’t find any real cabinets, Glen made me these boxes. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s literally a box with lines scored into it to make it look like a filing cabinet.
Country Chic Paint
I’m so excited to be writing this blog. I’ve wanted to paint these ugly red mahogany laminate crap bar stools since I got them last year. We only bought them as they were ultra cheap and we needed something for the kids to sit at the counter, but I’ve hated them ever since. They didn’t go with the rest of our home and they just were an eye sore.
So, back in January my aunt tagged me in a post from Country Chic Paint that they were looking for bloggers to feature their paint and in return, they would give them free product for a year. Me literally loving to paint & loving to support local businesses entered and I got an email on the weekend saying that they had chosen some bloggers for a two month trail run so they can pick their ultimate bloggers.
They sent me three pints of paint & two waxes and I honestly can’t even get over their packaging, it’s the cutest ever and their products are environmentally friendly & super easy to work with.
This method I used was super ultra simple and pretty much me ‘go to’ method. The only difference was I used two different types of waxes which gave my barstools an even more vintage look. Seriously though, don’t think look so much better?
You can use any paint for this project, but I highly recommend just jumping over to Country Chic Paint and checking out their products. They’re super affordable and you’ll be paying the same price at Home Depot.
For those job I used:
-Used 100 Grit Sand Paper
Step 1. Paint on your first coat. You want to make sure that you brush your paint on in the same direction. I like to do long strokes.
Step 2. Apply Your second coat of paint once the first is completely dry. Mine dried in about 30 minutes as my house is pretty warm.
Step 3. Time for distressing. As you can tell, I didn’t do a ton of distressing as I was also applying a dark wax so I didn’t want the distressing to compete with the antiquing. Plus, I wanted it to look more naturally distressed. I just distressed edges.
Step 4. Time to apply the Antiquing wax. I used this sparingly, but there were parts of the chair I applied too much, but there is an easy fix for this, the white wax erases the antiquing wax and makes it look more naturally aged.
Step 5. Wait 30 minutes and then apply the White Wax, it erases the antiquing wax so it makes the chair look more natural. So I applied it lightly.
Step 6. Let Dry – Do not sit on surfaces for 24 hours. I buffed out the wax with a clean, lint free cloth and now I’m letting them sit for 24 hours before sitting on them.
This project is really easy and it will turn anything you want into a ‘Farmhouse Distressed’ piece.
Links to purchase my decor in my blog
Barstools ( unpainted )
Hope you all loved this fun DIY. If you have any questions on how to do any of the steps pop a question below or email me and I’ll get back to you asap!
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