In a Pickle

By Kristen, Owner/Creative Designer at thatFLIPPINFURNITUREgirl in Portage, IN.

My client’s fell in love with the vintage farmhouse look and asked me to redesign a 1970s dresser they found online.  

My client chose Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray for the body of the piece.  I suggested we try for a pickled looking finish top... the existing top was mostly pressed wood (very common for its age) with a thin veneer, but due to the intricate shape, I chose to tackle the original top.

Using my orbital sander, I removed all of the original finish along with some pink and green nail polish!

A custom blend base stain, consisting of GF American Oak and Golden Pine Gel Stains, was applied using a Wooster foam brush and the excess wiped back with paper shop towels.  After thorough dry time, I applied random thin layers of GF Gray Gel Stain and Miss Lillian’s Cottage White Gel Stain... blending and wiping back until the perfect pickled finish appeared.  The top was sealed and protected with 3 coats of GF HPTC in Satin. 

The combo of our new custom stained top, the Attitude Gray paint and new hardware brought this 1970s chunky monkey piece right into the modern farmhouse world!

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesCombination

Color Recipe

  • Custom Stain: Base coat
  • 2 Parts American Oak Gel Stain
  • 1 Part Golden Pine Gel Stain

Products Used

  • Paint: Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray
  • Stain: GF American Oak Gel Stain
  • Stain: GF Golden Pine Gel Stain
  • Stain: GF Gray Gel Stain
  • Stain: Miss Lillian’s Cottage White Gel Stain
  • GF HPTC Satin

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