Night stand will colour your world on pa­tio

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

Dear Deb­bie: I pur­chased an old, heavy Span­ish-look­ing night stand at a garage sale and want to use it as a cup­board next to my pa­tio ta­ble for stor­ing plates and linens. I’ve a Span­ish theme go­ing on and would like to re­fin­ish the night stand in a dark (oxblood) red. Can you help me with colour se­lec­tion and paint in­struc­tions? Thank you. Joanne

Dear Joanne: Since the night stand is be­ing re­pur­posed for your pa­tio, which is a clever idea, why not in­tro­duce a lit­tle more colour? Dark reds in the bur­gundy and oxblood range are hot colours this year and you will find a good se­lec­tion at your paint store. An­tiquing is very much a part of Span­ish style. And you can play with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of colours to get the look you are seek­ing.

The old wood ta­ble shown here was painted with a tech­nique that would suit your stand. To achieve the an­tiqued red sec­tion, start with a base coat of peach and let dry. Then brush on a coat of crackle medium in small patches. (Crackle medium can be found at art and craft stores.)

Once dry, ap­ply a coat of red over the whole area. The cracks will ap­pear only in the ar­eas where there is crackle medium. Let dry com­pletely. Now sand down ar­eas of the red coat to ex­pose more of the peach un­der­coat. The cracks and the sand­ing cre­ate an authen­tic aged fin­ish.

For con­trast on the cab­i­net door or drawer or legs, ap­ply the same tech­nique us­ing a base coat of yel­low, the crackle medium, and top coat of green. Pro­tect your fin­ish with beeswax or two coats of var­nish.

Dear Deb­bie: The din­ing room in our home was once a bed­room and the closet that was in this room was left in­tact mi­nus the doors. Our buf­fet and china cab­i­net fit into the space, but they look like fur­ni­ture in a closet. There is pick­led oak wood trim around the open­ing. How would you sug­gest treat­ing the trim? Kathie

Dear Kathie: It must be a large closet to hold both a buf­fet and a china cab­i­net. Paint the walls inside the closet the same as the main room walls to con­nect them, and add a mod­ern fea­ture by paint­ing the room trim and the trim around the doors gun­metal gray.

Dear Deb­bie: I am about to paint my con­crete base­ment floor. Is there any spe­cial pro­ce­dure re­quired to do this, and what kind of paint should I use? Thank you. Lisa

Dear Lisa: Paint­ing the base­ment floor will cer­tainly cheer up the space, and it will be eas­ier to keep clean. How­ever, base­ment floors are no­to­ri­ously damp. Paint will not stick to a wet sur­face, so your first step is to en­sure that any leaks or drips or damp­ness are prop­erly taken care of. Once you are high and dry, then clean the floor with a high-pow­ered cleanser such as TSP and rinse thor­oughly.

Let the floor dry for a few days. Fill in any cracks or holes with con­crete filler, sand smooth and let dry. Ap­ply one or two coats of primer that is de­signed to cover con­crete, then paint with deck and porch paint, epoxy paint, la­tex paint, or any prod­uct that is rec­om­mended for con­crete. Fi­nally, ap­ply two coats of acrylic var­nish if rec­om­mended by the paint prod­uct you choose to en­sure a tough fin­ish. Deb­bie Travis’ House to Home col­umn is pro­duced by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Please email your ques­tions to


Cre­ate an an­tiqued fin­ish with a few coats of paint, crackle medium and sand­pa­per.

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