The mission I was given when refinishing this vintage sideboard was to deliver a rustic farmhouse aesthetic that evoked a feeling of nature, replete with lush greens, golden highlights and a rich wood toned top.
To accomplish this, I used two different colors of milk paint; a Luckett's Green base coat followed by a Boxwood wash coat, both by Miss Mustard Seed. For the gold highlights which adorn the drawers, I swept on scant amounts of the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company's Marigold using an artist's fan brush, then blended like crazy with 320 grit sandpaper.
My client wanted the wood stiles separating the drawers and cabinet faces to have a darker hue for contrast, so I toned them with General Finishes Gel Stain in Java. I then sealed the entire body with General Finishes Gel Topcoat polyurethane tinted with Old Master's Gel Stain in Special Walnut to give the piece an extremely durable rich finish.
For the top, I first dyed the wood with General Finishes Water-Based Dye Stain in Amber to highlight the striping of the tiger wood as well as make the woodland tones on the drawer fronts really pop. I then stained it with a blend of hemp oil and Old Masters Gel Stain in Special Walnut followed by a few coats of General Finishes Gel Topcoat tinted with a whisper of General Finishes Java to give it a certain Je ne sais quoi.