Cool mint green MCM

By Nicky Cash at Done up North in Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

This six-drawer chest of drawers was pretty battered in places with the veneer bubbling up in places that meant it had to be removed and filled. The finish on the sides was cracked and peeling.  The style and design evolved out of necessity mostly but was an enjoyable process of just going with the flow of the piece and what it needed!

I stripped the whole thing back with paint stripper to get rid of the damaged finishes and that uncovered a mish-mash of different woods. The main cabinet wood wasn't very interesting in appearance as it was so I took the chance to use my Medium Brown Water-based dye and Walnut Water based Wood Stain to give it some more drama and that got it to a lovely deep dark brown colour which had a lot more impact against the pale green Fusion Mineral Paint I'd picked ('Brook')

I'd stripped the drawers at the same time too but they had brought up an interesting pale wood grain with dark stripes so I left them natural and then worked out a design to show what I could and conceal the filled areas. 

I have had a bit of an obsession with creating herringbone designs so I chose to play around with these patterns again and used Frogtape to create the designs along with a craft knife.  

The design got 3 coats of paint and once dry the whole piece was protected with 3 coats of Enduro-Var in Satin - perhaps = a little risky over the paint but the golden tone of the product really brought everything together, enhanced the different wood tones beautifully too and dried to perfect sheen with a tough finish as expected ready to go off to its new home!


Project Category

Creative Combos (UK, Ireland, Europe)Creative Combos

Products Used

  • General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain - Medium Brown
  • General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain - Walnut
  • Fusion Mineral Paint - Brook
  • General Finishes Enduro-Var in Satin

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