Autentico Antique Turquoise Upcycled Book Case

Autentico Antique Turquoise, is such a wonderful colour, so I am also looking for an excuse to use it.  By chance I visited an vide grenier (loft clearance) in my local town (Riberac) and came across this very old solid oak (and very heavy!) bookshelf.  It was battered with bits missing; just how I like them and I was told that it belonged to the sellers grand-père (grandad). 


I was was also told that the shelf had been treated for woodworm, which was confirmed when driving home, with all the windows open and the smell still being unbearable.


I like experimenting with different looks, so I decided to use a two-tone effect paint method, using two different, contrasting colours together, which I always thinks works really well.  So, I got started and painted the bookcase with Autentico’s Antique White.


I also wanted to try out another method which involves dabbing glue onto various areas, which acts as a mask for the top layer. The idea is that it gives you an effect of aging, which would be hard to get with using just sandpaper. You can also use this method to achieve the chipping look. You can layer the technique between different coloured coats and that gives the impression that paint has been worked lose over the years. So, I applied the glue onto the Antique White in various areas, ideally around the edges inwards and other places of wear and tear.

The Antique White had gone into some of the damaged areas and some were left exposed, with the dark oak still showing through. I wanted to respect and enhance the age of Pierre, rather than just paint it flat. I painted the top coat with the turquoise but left the inside white to show the contrast. I thought I could also repaint if not happy with the final result. When it was dry, I rubbed the glue areas off to bring through some of the white. I then sanded the edges and various other parts to create a contrasting, distressed look.


I used a brown dark wax to enhance some of the edges to age them further and clear wax over the whole bookcase to seal, protect and enhance the colour.

I love the white peeking through the detail in different places and I think this little book case will great in my new workshop training room.



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