The sought-after antiqued farmhouse look

We picked up this solid pine armoir locally and as soon as I saw it, I knew it needed an antiqued farm-style makeover.  This style is very popular, universal and fits in with lots of existing decor.

I found some inspiration photos based on what I saw in my mind for the finished piece and immediately hit a crossroad – what finish technique to use to achieve the look.  There’s chalk paint, milk paint, matte premium paint with antiquing stain, and then you get to top-coating products – waxes, poly-acrylics and more.

In the end, we want the look, but with a waxed finish, the owner will need to do upkeep to the finish semi-annually and we expect most buyers will want a permanent durable furniture-grade finish.  We spent some time researching and looking at options and settled on an Antique White milk paint and a furniture grade satin poly finish.  We have a few details and tricks up our sleeve to make it stand out.  We got to work today getting the piece sanded, stiffened and sealed and hopefully the more dramatic cosmetic transformation will be well underway by tomorrow.

And don’t worry – I picked up a gorgeous blue chalk paint and wax finish for my next project that will be sticking closer to home when it’s done.  We’ll be able to report on the differences of the finish techniques, have samples and help you decide which path is right for your restored piece in the future.

Check out some of my inspiration photos!  I love this style!


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