Shabby for Martha

By Monika Tyszczak at eMTePLACE in Dąbrowa Górnicza, PL

This linen cabinet was a little bit of a surprise. When it arrived it looked like in a very good shape but after scraping old paint from the top and drawer, I realised how badly damaged it was . It looked like a legion of woodworms had a little party inside  and I decided at that time that best course of action will be to repaint it all. Inspiration for this piece came from another linen cabinet that I have made for myself some time ago. My customer fell in love with it and she wanted to recreate something similar. As a big thank you to my lovely customer I have named this piece after her .  I have used few different techniques to create this style: raised stencil, distressing using candle wax and furniture wax, crackle lacquer (by pentart), textures were achieved by using milk paints (MMSMP). I have also used oil from   (HMF24), stencils by  FAFAME, patinas by Jegger and Liberon waxes.  It was my second piece using GF paints and i was so impressed by their coverage. It’s not going to be the last time when I’m using this amazing product. 

Main colours used in this piece were  Gf Milk Paint-snow white and   Acrylic paint by  Dulux Rapidry - winter calm Piece has been protected using GF high performance varnish except top and a drawer where i used Liberon wax.

I wasn’t trying to hide small imperfections on this cabinet, I think they are adding some real character and showing long history of this piece.  I so very hope that My lovely customer Martha will love it as much as I do and I hope she will use it for very many years to come.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesShabby Chic

Color Recipe


Products Used

  • Liberon Wax -dark oak and colorless
  • GF MILK PAINT -Snow White
  • Stencil by Fafame
  • Keys, furniture handle and flock -Domex
  • Flex seed oil soap - HMF24
  • FLex seed oil - HMF24
  • Cracle laquer Pentart
  • MISS MUSTATD SEEDS MILK PAINT from Malowane Sercem,Pl
  • Patinas by Jegger
  • GF High performance vanish
  • Wood stain by BARTEK - green and braun
  • STARAWAX Old Gold acrilic paint
  • Leyladn Trade - acrilic underlay
  • Dulux Rapidry - zimowa cisza

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